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America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System (with CD-ROM and Infotrac)
Synopses & Reviews
Best-selling AMERICA'S COURTS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM focuses on the dynamics of the court by introducing the concept of the "courthouse workgroup" and the interrelated relationship of the three main actors-judge , prosecutor, and defense attorney-thus illustrating the law in action, not just the theories and facts. Neubauer also uses a myriad of pedagogical devices that bring the court process to life for students, including A Day in Court, Controversy, and Case Close-Up boxes. This text has become the market-leader in large part because of its comprehensive coverage, its focus on the dynamics of the process, and its pedagogical features. Neubauer emphasized key aspects of the law, particularly law on the books, law in action, and law in controversy, to provide students with a clear focus. The Eighth Edition is filled with timely new content and now is accompanied by an exciting new Student Companion CD-ROM that features Court TV« videos-FREE with every new copy of the text!
Book News Annotation:
Appropriate for criminal justice, political science, and social welfare students, this undergraduate textbook examines the legal foundations of the American judicial system, describes the work performed by prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges, and follows the steps of criminal prosecution from arrest to determination of guilt or innocence. The eighth edition explores decreasing crime rates, recent moratoriums on the death penalty, and three-strikes laws. The CD-ROM contains video clips from Court TV.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Open this book and step into America's court system! What's it like to be a judge? A prosecutor? A defense attorney? With Neubauer's best-selling book, you'll find out! This fascinating and well-researched text gives you the sense of being in the courthouse-of what it is like to work in and be a part of the system. This concept of the courthouse "players" illustrates each person's important role in bringing a case through the court process. Throughout the text, Neubauer highlights not only the pivotal role of the criminal courts within the criminal justice system but also the court's importance and impact on society as a whole.
Widely used?and widely respected--Neubauer's text offers a comprehensive explanation of the courts and the criminal justice system, presented in a streamlined, straightforward manner that appeals to instructors and students alike. Neubauer's crisp, clear writing style, characterized by careful chunking of material into small sections within chapters, ensures that readers gain a firm handle on the material, while the text's innovative "courtroom workhouse" model, which focuses on the interrelationships among the judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney, brings the courtroom to life. The Ninth Edition offers coverage that reflects recent policy-shaping and headline-making developments, within a refined organization that makes the most of the text's successful, student-oriented pedagogy.
About the Author
David William Neubauer has taught at the University of Florida; at Washington University in St. Louis; and most recently at the University of New Orleans, where he regularly teaches Judicial Process, General American Politics, and Criminal Justice. In addition to this best-selling text, he is the author of DEBATING CRIME: RHETORIC AND REALITY, and BATTLE SUPREME: THE CONFIRMATION OF CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS AND THE FUTURE OF THE SUPREME COURT, all from Wadsworth. His articles have appeared in a wide array of scholarly journals, including LAW AND SOCIETY REVIEW, JUDICATURE, POLICY STUDIES JOURNAL, and LAW AND POLICY QUARTERLY. Dr. Neubauer's current research interests include nominations to the Supreme Court and religion in public life.
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"The Table of Contents is excellent. It is well organized and informative, a good road map. I like the chapter selection. Nothing is missing."
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"I am very impressed by the text?s learning and review tools. I like how the key terms refer to page numbers."
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