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3rd Edition

Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice

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ISBN 9781032013756
December 28, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
336 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Illuminating US constitutional concepts in plain language and clarifying nuances in the law, this third edition of Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice simplifies understanding of the United States judicial system for those without advanced legal training. It updates recent decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States and includes a discussion on the current makeup and policy of the Supreme Court.

Learning objectives and summary outlines of recent Supreme Court decisions, combined with practical examples and selected actual court documents, enhance students’ understanding of the most important issues regarding the US Constitution and its application in the criminal justice system. 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. A unique chapter addressing civil liability and the criminal justice professional is especially relevant to students in criminal justice programs.

Concise and informative, this book is designed to be used in undergraduate courses in criminal justice and justice administration programs in universities and community colleges. 

Table of Contents

1. U.S. Constitutional

2. Concept of Due Process

3. Fourth Amendment

4. Fourth Amendment Issues

5. Exclusionary Rule

6. Fifth Amendment Issues

7. Sixth Amendment Issues

8. Eighth Amendment Issues

9. First Amendment Issues

10. Civil Liability

11. Writ of Habeas Corpus 

12. Epilogue



Appendix A U.S. Constitution

Appendix B Search Warrant

Appendix C Form for Writ of Habeas Corpus


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Cliff Roberson LLM, Ph.D. an Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas and a retired Professor of Criminology at California State University, Fresno, California. He has authored or co-authored numerous books and texts on legal subjects.

His previous academic experiences include Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Arkansas Tech University; Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston, Victoria; Director of Programs, National College of District Attorneys; Professor of Criminology and Director of Justice Center, California State University, Fresno; and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, St. Edwards University.

Dr. Roberson’s non-academic experience includes U.S. Marine Corps service as an infantry officer, trial and defense counsel and military judge as a marine judge advocate, and Director of the Military Law Branch, Judge Advocate Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.

Other legal employment experiences include Trial Supervisor, Office of State Counsel for Offenders, Texas Board of Criminal Justice and judge pro-tem in the California courts.

Cliff is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Military Appeals, U.S. Tax Court, Federal Courts in California and Texas, Supreme Court of Texas, and Supreme Court of California. He is a long-time member of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society.

Educational background includes: Ph.D. in Human Behavior, U.S. International University; L.L.M., in Criminal Law, Criminology, and Psychiatry, George Washington University; J.D. American University; B.A. in Political Science, University of Missouri; and one year of post-graduate study at the University of Virginia School of Law.