Illuminating concepts in plain language, eliminating unnecessary legal jargon, and clarifying nuances in the law, this new edition of Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice simplifies understanding of the United States judicial system for those without advanced legal training. It also provides a much-needed update by including decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States since the first edition as well as a discussion on the current makeup and policy of the Supreme Court.
The Second Edition includes:
- Learning objectives added to each chapter
- An extended discussion on the issue of "Does the United States have an unwritten constitution in addition to a written one?"
- Summary outlines of recent Supreme Court decisions
- Revisions to all chapters in accordance with Supreme Court decisions since the first edition
- Edits to cases and excerpts to enhance understanding of the material
- A summary added to each chapter
The book begins with an overview of the Bill of Rights, followed by an examination of the components of the judiciary. It moves on to a discussion of due process, the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments, and the exclusionary rule. Additional chapters address civil liability and the criminal justice professional as well as the impact of terrorism on the right of habeas corpus.
Review questions and relevant cases in each chapter illustrate legal applications of each topic. With a balanced approach of illustration, clarity, and conciseness, Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice, Second Edition is a remarkable improvement upon its predecessor. It gives you the key information to understand the most important issues regarding the Constitution and its application in the judicial system.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the U.S. Constitution. The Concept of Due Process. Fourth Amendment. Fourth Amendment Issues. Exclusionary Rule. Fifth Amendment Issues. Sixth Amendment Issues. The Eighth Amendment. The First Amendment. Civil Liability. Writ of Habeas Corpus. References. Glossary. Appendices.
Cliff Roberson, LLM, PhD, JD, is an emeritus professor of criminal justice at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, and a retired professor of criminology at California State University, Fresno. He earned his PhD in human behavior at U.S. International University, his LLM in criminal law, criminology, and psychiatry at The George Washington University, and his JD at American University. He is the author or co-author of more than 60 books and texts on legal subjects. He has been associate vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University, dean of arts and sciences at University of Houston in Victoria, Texas, director of programs at National College of District Attorneys, director of the Justice Center at California State University, and assistant professor of criminal justice at St. Edwards University. He has also been a trial supervisor at the Office of State Counsel for Offenders, Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and judge pro tem in the California courts.