Using a blend of text and edited cases, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, 6/e provides up-to-date coverage of constitutional criminal procedure. Important cases are highlighted using a case and comment approach–complete with analysis, justice quotes, and dissenting opinions. This edition includes 25 important new Supreme Court cases and 70 new citations to Supreme Court decisions. Each chapter is updated to reflect the most recent criminal procedure and new legal puzzles appear in every chapter. With an emphasis on law and society, it provides essential information about the law of constitutional criminal procedure, its social, political, and historical contexts, and the most meaningful Supreme Court cases.
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Criminal procedure is a dramatic subject. Each case tells a story of conflict that pits society's; vital need for the communal peace and order that makes life livable, against the right of each individual to be free from unreasonable invasions of privacy and freedom by officers of they state. Criminal procedure is also a technical subject. It encompasses many legal rules and doctrines, not all of which are perfectly logical. The drama of criminal procedure may be conveyed by a book that explores one important case, such as Gideon's Trumpet, Anthony Lewis' classic; story of Earl Clarence Gideon's fight for the right to counsel that took his case to the United States Supreme Court. Simply studying dramatic cases limits the student's exposure to many important topics.
Every law teacher knows that the heart of American law lies in the cases. Most law texts present the subject matter either in a casebook format or in a text-book format. Each has its advantages. Criminal Procedure: Constitution and Society is an effort to present the best of both methods, with additional features that are uniquely tailored to social science students in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Sociology, and Political Science. The unique features of this text will make the study of criminal procedure a comprehensive educational experience.
I begin with the premise that the task confronting a social science student studying law is; more difficult than that confronting a law student. The law student concentrates on the technicalities of law and is only incidentally concerned with how law fits into society. The social science student has to learn the law and discover how the law fits into a society that the student will confront as a police officer, probation officer, or as a lawyer. The challenge is to bring out the attributes of law and society in a way that does not overwhelm the student and is respectful of the student's intelligence yet does not water down the subject matter. This text seeks to achieve this balance with several pedagogical features that are not found in other texts.
The basic text. The longest portion of this book is devoted to presenting and explaining; the core knowledge that is constitutional criminal procedure. The topics have been selected to reflect those that are of greatest interest to criminal justice students. The chapters are organized by relevant topics, with four chapters being devoted to the critical Fourth Amendment: the exclusionary rule (Chapter 3), the search warrant and essential Fourth Amendment doctrines such as plain view (Chapter 4), arrest and Terry-stops (Chapter 5), and a chapter devoted to warrantless searches (Chapter 6). This focus also reflects the area in which the Supreme Court has; been most active in recent years. The chapters are divided into coherent sub-topics that give instructors the flexibility to cover a general area but omit specific topics within it as they see fit.
The third edition of Criminal Procedure: Constitution and Society has been completely revised. The number of chapters has been reduced and the content rearranged to fit into more coherent topic headings. Each line of text has been revised to ensure the greatest clarity.. Throughout the text I have attempted to show that, in most areas, there has been an ongoing dialogue between the justices adhering to the Due Process Model and those adhearing to the: Crime Control Model. The late Professor Herbert Packer's great organizing paradigm provides, a convenient way for students to grasp the overall subject matter and each case. Thus, both in, the text and in the "Case & Comments," the conflicting approaches to the law has been explicated.
It goes without saying that the purpose of education, reflected in this text, is not the rote. memorization of rules, but the understanding of the rules. To this end the text includes not just: statements of rules, but describes the facts out of which the rules emerge and the often conflicting views of the justices and the relevant historic and political factors that have influenced the decision. On occasion where a subject is overly complex (e.g., the incorporation doctrine in Chapter 2 or the automobile search doctrine in Chapter 6) 1 have tried to help students thread their way through the maze by providing an overview of the subject in the form of a list. On the other hand, I have with deliberation inserted a section on the theories of the exclusionary rule which presents students with an up-to-date philosophical discussion of the justification for the rule that is more abstract than the remainder of the text. Instructors who desire to challenge students are invited to cover this section, but it can be omitted without undermining a student's basic understanding of the topic.
The text includes two introductory chapters. Instructors who want to plunge directly into the substance of criminal procedure can skip these. Chapter 1 introduces basic information about law and courts that students may have learned from other courses. It also includes a more advanced section on reading cases designed to sharpen the skills portion of the subject, that makes most law classes among the most exciting in criminal justice programs. Many instructors, of course, have over the years developed their own approaches to introducing students to the intellectual challenge of reading cases and may wish to rely on their tried and true methods instead of using the sections in Chapter 1. The third function of Chapter 1 is to help a student see that criminal procedure is not a narrow subject or a simple matter of technical legal rules, but, instead, it is a component of a liberal arts education. Criminal procedure can be a gateway to the study of history, politics, political theory, judicial biography, and important societal currents, for all of these influence criminal procedure. Finally, Chapter 1 notes that the study of criminal procedure is the study of human rights, and may encourage students to broaden their horizons by the study of international human rights.
Chapter 2 is a detailed exploration of the historical development known as the incorporation doctrine. Some instructors may simply wish to acknowledge the fact and begin with the establishment of modern rules of criminal procedure in the 1960s. I find this a fascinating subject and a portal to help students develop an understanding of the ancient truth that rights are never handed to citizens on a silver-platter but must be fought for. In any event, the first two chapters are available for instructors who wish to explore these matters.
Case and Comments. In addition to the text, a major feature of this book is one or more "Case & Comments" in Chapters 2 through 12. Teachers who use the case method know how difficult the method can be for first year law students, let alone undergraduate students. The cases selected for the Case & Comments are the most important ones that all instructors of criminal procedure will emphasize. They have been carefully edited to provide not just a brief snippet of the holding but a fair amount of the reasoning of the justices, which, after all, is the main reason to read the cases. Furthermore, for complete understanding, in almost all of these cases relevant portions of the dissenting opinions have been included so that students can understand the law as a dialectical process.
To this familiar aspect of a case-book I have added comments that are noted by bracketed letters keyed to running comments. These are critical tools designed to assist the student, even one with no prior legal training, to read the case for himself or herself. These comments are written to achieve several goals: (1) to point out the meaning or importance of technical legal words; (2) to highlight disagreements among opposing justices; (3) to point out logical weaknesses or clever arguments; (4) to ask pointed questions of the students; (5) to highlight underlying value judgments in an opinion; (7) to indicate how the case advances or violates the doctrine of stare decisis.
Law in Society Sections. These sections in each chapter show the "law in action." It is too easy to view legal pronouncements about rights to mean that they are fully enjoyed. Unfortunately, there is a gap between the ideals of law and the reality of its application. Some sections, such as the accounts of police perjury, racial profiling, and prosecutorial misconduct, show criminal justice personnel at their worst. The first chapter indicates that valued constitutional rights can be treated as threats to safety and abused for political advantage. The unmet promise of equal justice shows that as a society we are not ready to pay for justice for indigents. Of course, most police officers do not commit perjury, most lawyers and prosecutors competently do their jobs, most judges do not buckle under political pressure, and most jurors do their best objectively to arrive at the proper verdict under the law. But this is not always the case and it is important to alert students to the gap between constitutional ideals and the reality on the street. Several Law in Society sections rely on social science research to indicate the complexity of the criminal process, and that simple statements or beliefs do not capture the full reality of the exclusionary rule, the use of mandatory arrest for domestic violence, or the belief that an eyewitness who is positive is therefore accurate. In these sections we get to see that innocent people confess to crimes they did not commit despite having been read their Miranda warnings, and see the dark side of undercover policing. By introducing information from the news and from social science research, we expand our knowledge of the social reality of the law.
Law in the States. A general course in criminal procedure inevitably stresses the provisions of the United States Constitution as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court. This is essential, since the Court took the lead of, ...
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