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Combining first-hand knowledge of the criminal procedure system with stellar constitutional law scholarship, Levenson and Chemerinsky now offer a free-standing and student-friendly casebook that focuses on the adjudication phase of criminal procedure.
Written in the eminently articulate style that characterizes Chemerinsky’s Constitutional Law casebook, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication offers:
- straightforward essays by the authors that illuminate principal and minor cases
- a first-chapter overview of criminal procedure that looks at:
- the roles of the participants
- the progression of a case through the system
- key procedural rules and governing principles
- the Incorporation Doctrine
- the test for determining when new procedural rules should be applied retroactively
- a consistent and systematic chapter structure that:
- introduces the topic
- discusses the history and development of the law
- cites examples from recent cases where the key issues have been raised
- offers an analytic critique of the resolution of the issues
- chronologically organized chapter topics that mirror the sequential ordering of the adjudication process
- samples of legal pleadings that exemplify attorneys’ actual arguments
- a panoramic perspective on practice as conveyed through the eyes of prosecutors, defense counsel, judges, police, and victims
- Supreme Court cases from the 2006-2007 term
- a detailed Teacher’s Manual that offers questions and answers to support teaching and fuel class discussion
- an expanded teaching package that includes PowerPoint slides, a DVD that presents the facts and backgrounds of several key cases, and an author website
Sure, it is a pleasure to teach and to read, but you could decide to adopt it simply for the wealth of experience and expertise that Chemerinsky and Levenson bring to their subject.
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