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Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice Systemby J. Scott Harr
Synopses & Reviews
Market-leading CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, 6th Edition, uses real-world illustrations, succinct case summaries, and proven learning tools to equip readers with a solid understanding of our often-complex Constitution and criminal justice system. Avoiding confusing "legalese", the book features more than 200 plainly written, summarized cases that introduce readers to the most influential and relevant cases. It also thoroughly covers the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, exploring their application to issues relevant to criminal justice: reasonable search and seizure, double jeopardy, and testifying against oneself. The sixth edition includes expanded discussions of the First and Second Amendments as well as cutting-edge coverage of such high-profile topics as immigration, terrorism/homeland security, death row, and many others.
About the Author
The late J. Scott Harr worked in various areas of the law for 30 years. He was the Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Public Safety Director for a suburb of the Twin Cities and served as a police officer for two other cities prior to that. In addition, he served as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. Licensed as a lawyer, police officer and private investigator, he taught at Normandale Community College, Metropolitan State University, and Concordia University.
Table of Contents
1. An Historical Overview. 2. An Overview of the U.S. Legal System. 3. The U.S. Supreme Court: The Final Word. 4. Equal Protection under the Law: Balancing Individual, State, and Federal Rights. 5. The First Amendment: Basic Freedoms. 6. The Second Amendment: The Gun Control Controversy. 7. The Fourth Amendment: An Overview of Constitutional Searches and Seizures. 8. Conducting Constitutional Seizures. 9. Conducting Constitutional Searches. 10. The Fifth Amendment: Obtaining Information Legally. 11. The Sixth Amendment: Right to Counsel and a Fair Trial. 12. The Eighth Amendment: Bail, Fines, and Punishment. 13. The Remaining Amendments and a Return to the Constitution. Epilogue. Appendix A: The United States Constitution and Amendments. Appendix B: Reading Legal Opinions. Appendix C: Briefs of Marbury and Miranda. Appendix D: Shepardizing a Case. Appendix E: Legal Research.
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