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Criminal law, historical, ethical, and moral foundations, Charles P. Nemeth

Criminal Law: Historical, Ethical, and Moral Foundations, 3rd edition, blends legal and moral reasoning in the examination of crimes and explores the history relating to jurisprudence and roots of criminal law. In order to fully grasp criminal law concepts, students must go beyond mere rote memorization of the penal code and endeavor to understand where the laws originate from and how they have developed. This book fosters discussions of controversial issues and delivers abridged case law decisions that target the essence of appellate rulings. The book also examines controversial public morality issues such as prostitution, drug legalization, obscenity, and pornography. The final two chapters discuss inchoate offenses, where the criminal act has not been completed, and various criminal defenses, such as legal insanity, entrapment, coercion, self-defense, and mistake of fact or law. Important keywords introduce each chapter, and discussion questions and suggested readings appear at the end of each chapter, prompting lively debate and further inquiry into a fascinating subject area that continues to evolve. Updated to include the latest developments in the law, this book is appropriate for undergraduate students in criminal law and related courses
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1 The Foundation and Heritage of Criminal Law -- Introduction: The Idea of Criminal Law -- The Need for Tradition and Foundation -- Criminal Law and the Common Law -- A Survey of Legal Tradition -- The Ancient Idea of Law and Crime -- Early Medieval Legal Thought -- Legal Thought in the Later Middle Ages -- The Turning Point toward Our Modern System -- Aquinas and the Hierarchy of Law -- The Enlightenment to Colonial Period -- Thomas Hobbes -- John Locke -- Jeremy Bentham -- John Stuart Mill -- 2 Definitions of Crime -- Defining Crime -- Crime as a Moral and Religious Judgment -- Crime as Deviance and Aberration -- Crime as Severity and Grade -- Classification of Offenses -- Treason -- Felonies -- Misdemeanors -- Summary/Petty Offenses -- Parties to Crimes -- Principals -- Accessories -- Vicarious Liability -- Imputing Criminality to Corporate Action -- 3 Actus Reus and Mens Rea -- Idea and Mental State in Criminal Culpability -- The Nature of a Criminal Act -- Actus Reus: Voluntariness and Free Choice -- Actus Reus: Commission versus Omission -- Defining Mens Rea -- Delaware Code -- Missouri Revised Statutes -- Types of Mens Rea -- Specific Intent -- General Intent -- Strict Liability -- Mens Rea and the Degrees of Knowledge -- Mens Rea with Purpose -- Mens Rea with Knowledge -- Mens Rea with Recklessness -- Mens Rea and Negligence -- 4 Crimes against the Person: Homicide -- Introduction: The Nature of Homicide -- Murder in the First Degree -- Murder in the Second Degree -- Manslaughter -- Provocation as Mitigator -- Felony Murder Rule -- Qualifying Felonies -- Any Victim -- Any Perpetratotor -- The Dilemma of Dual Intents -- Negligent Homicide (Involuntary Manslaughter) -- Suicide -- Abortion
Literary Form
non fiction
Third edition.
Includes index
Physical Description
1 online resource (681 pages)
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