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Criminal Law: Cases and Materials, Eighth Edition

John Kaplan, Robert Weisberg, Guyora Binder


  • ISBN: 9781454882725

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    Criminal Law: Cases and Materials, Eighth Edition, is now available as a Connected Casebook, a powerful, all-in-one learning solution offering a print casebook plus access to CasebookConnect, which includes a fully functional eBook version of your casebook with highlighting and note-taking capabilities, hundreds of practice questions in the Study Center from leading study aids, and an Outline Tool to help make outlining more efficient and effective. Learn more about CasebookConnect 

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 10/14/2016
    Copyright: 2016
    Pages: 1248
    Hardcover + CasebookConnect: 9781454868217
    Loose-leaf + CasebookConnect: 9781454882671
    Digital Only CasebookConnect: 9781454882770
    Rental + CasebookConnect: 9781454882725

    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)
    Preface (PDF Download)

    Summary of Contents

    Table of Contents
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    I: Just Punishment
    1: The Purposes and Limits of Punishment

    II: The Elements of Criminal Offense
    2: The Criminal Act
    3: The Guilty Mind
    4: Causation

    III: Homicide Offenses
    5: Intentional Homicide
    6: Unintentional Homicide
    7: Capital Murder and the Death Penalty

    IV: Justification and Excuse
    8: Defensive Force, Necessity, and Duress
    9: Mental Illness as a Defense

    V: Attribution of Criminality
    10: Attempt
    11: Complicity
    12: Conspiracy

    VI: Additional Offenses
    13: Rape
    14: Theft Offenses
    15: Perjury, False Statements, and Obstruction of Justice

    Appendix A: A Note on the Model Penal Code
    Appendix B: The Model Penal Code

    Table of Cases
    Table of Model Penal Code Sections

  • Author Information

    John Kaplan

    John Kaplan is the late Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford University.

    Guyora Binder

    Guyora Binder, University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor of Law, was formerly law clerk to federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Dana Fellow of Comparative Jurisprudence at U.C.L.A., Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, and Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Stanford Law School.

    He has written in the areas of jurisprudence, criminal law, constitutional law, and international law. His research primarily concerns the representation of historical change and of personal and group identity in law and legal thought.

    Guyora Binder is the author of Treaty Conflict and Political Contradiction (Praeger, 1988), and coauthor of Criminal Law (Little Brown, 1996) and Literary Criticisms of Law (Princeton University Press, 2000). His work has appeared in such journals as the Yale Law Journal, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities.

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    Robert Weisberg

    Robert Weisberg, JD ’79, is Faculty Co-Director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, and works primarily in the field of criminal justice, writing and teaching in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, white collar crime, and sentencing policy. He also founded and now serves as faculty co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center (SCJC), which promotes and coordinates research and public policy programs on criminal law and the criminal justice system, including institutional examination of the police and correctional systems. In 1979, Professor Weisberg received his JD from Stanford Law School, where he served as President of the Stanford Law Review. He then served as a law clerk to Chief Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court. After joining the Stanford law faculty, he served as a consulting attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the California Appellate Project on death penalty cases, and he continues to consult on criminal appeals in the state and federal courts. Professor Weisberg is a three-time winner of the law school’s John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    Before entering the field of law, Professor Weisberg received a PhD in English at Harvard and was a tenured English professor at Skidmore College. Drawing on that background, he is one of the nation’s leading scholars on the intersection of law and literature and co-author of the highly praised book, Literary Criticisms of Law.

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