Brings an innovative approach to case analysis, statutory interpretation, and applying the principles of criminal law.
- Uses an innovative case studies method. Each topic area includes a detailed story about the people and events leading up to the offense.
- Includes 120 photographs related to the crimes.
- --Core opinions ""of central historical, theoretical, or doctrinal importance"" are provided in each subject-area section.
- Includes provocative and timely principal cases from a wide variety of jurisdictions, each followed by the statutes that existed in the jurisdiction at the time of the offense.
- Reproduces any court opinions in the case, so teachers can compare their in-class legal analysis to how the case was resolved in real life.
- Treatise-like summary of law in each topic area gives students an overview of the law, introduces the underlying theoretical principles, and provides context.
- Real world problem cases test students' mastery of the legal summaries and an important vehicle for class discussions.
- Each section identifies issues of current controversy and an advanced issues appendix includes excerpts from the literature on each side of the issue.
New to the Third Edition
- Updating and adding to many of the overview sections to reflect changes in law and to add topical issues
- Editing the story narratives for a cleaner read and clearer presentation of the facts
- Selective revisions to the issues and materials as suggested by Robinson's own teaching and the comments of users
- Adding new material on the selected topics, such as restorative justice, suicide and assisted suicide, possession offenses, corporate criminality child pornography, computer fraud, identity theft, illegal prescription drugs, and cyberbullying, common law concepts of ""general intent"" and ""specific intent""