This book explores some practical controversies in criminal law, providing the reader with a generous selection of philosophical essays concerning the nature of the mental requirement for crimes, the rationale for allowing duress, and the justifiability of the practice of plea bargaining.
0. Introduction Part I: The Principles of Criminal Liability The Elements of a Crime 1. Hyam v. Director of Public Prosecutions 2. The Mental Element in Crime 3. Reconsidering the Relationship Among Voluntary Acts, Strict Liability, and Negligence in Criminal Law 4. The Conspiracy Doctrine: A Critique 5. Crime and Moral Luck Defenses 6. State v. Leidholm, Supreme Court of North Dakota 7. The Battered Woman's Defense 8. The Defense of Necessity 9. Acting Under Duress 10. Legal Conceptions of Mental lllness 11. Premenstrual Syndrome: A New Criminal Defense? Part II Criminal Procedure The Exclusionary Rule 12. Mapp v. Ohio, U.S. Supreme Court 13. Why Suppress Valid Evidence? 14. The Struggle to Make the Fourth Amendment More Than an Empty Blessing Entrapment 15. U.S. v. Ordner, U.S. Court of Appeals 16. Entrapment and the Creation of Crime Plea Bargaining 17. North Carolina v. Alford, U.S. Supreme Court 18. Criminal Justice and the Negotiated Plea 19. In Defense of "Bargain Justice"