Digital Collection

The library offers access to a wide variety of e-books and databases with legal information. Our e-book collection includes various practice guides, legal treatises, and self-help materials that can be borrowed and read in your Web browser or on an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Our legal databases provide access to downloadable legal forms, case law, law review articles, and other legal information. Use the links on this page to access our e-books and legal databases.

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Texas Titles

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    By Staff, Publishers Editorial. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2015.

    The Texas Annotated Criminal Code facilitates quick and dependable research and interpretation of Texas legislation. Perfect for the specialized or large firm, this comprehensive volume includes statutes from Code topics relevant to the practice of criminal law. All statutes and amendments are updated from the latest regular session and called session. In addition to amendments made each year, the LexisNexis attorney-editors have included material on many related topics: Provisions about controlled substances from the Health and Safety Code, Material regarding drivers' licenses and certificates and numerous traffic laws from the Transportation Code, Statutes relating to offenses in the Alcoholic Beverage Code. Texas Annotated Criminal Code also includes the Texas Rules of Evidence and the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, and a full index helps you find the information you need efficiently and effectively.

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    By Paul McClung. Published by James Publishing. 2000. 3rd edition.

    This recently revised title has been continually in print for 40 years and contains 650 pre-drafted instructions. Supporting legal analysis is included, along with quotations from statutes, discussion of common law, critiques of wayward decisions, and quick reference charts. This edition contains a new chapter on Criminal Instruments which includes topics relating to wire, oral, or electronic communications; the Property chapter has new data on the crime of online harassment.

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    By Mark Daniel. Published by James Publishing. 2000.

    The title is an authoritative source of Texas criminal law, covering 3,800 cases and 1,000 code sections. Includes foundations, objections, tactics, and authorities for admitting and excluding 33 specific types of criminal evidence; plus timesaving checklists. Full section on the expunction of arrest records in Texas. Includes a full-text CD.

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    By Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1979.

    This guide's six volumes are arranged by section to correspond with the progression of the Texas criminal justice system, making their detailed information easy to access. Each volume contains a number of chapters divided into four parts covering legal backgrounds, procedural practice tips, sample forms, and research resources and bibliographies.

    View the table of contents for this multi-volume set.

General/Federal Titles

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    By Karen Houppert. Published by New Press. 2013.

    On March 18, 1963, in one of its most significant legal decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that all defendants facing significant jail time have the constitutional right to a free attorney if they cannot afford their own. Fifty years later, 80 percent of criminal defendants are served by public defenders. In a book that combines the sweep of history with the intimate details of individual lives and legal cases, veteran reporter Karen Houppert movingly chronicles the stories of people in all parts of the country who have relied on Gideon’s promise.

    There is the harrowing saga of a young man who is charged with involuntary vehicular homicide in Washington State, where overextended public defenders juggle impossible caseloads, forcing his defender to go to court to protect her own right to provide an adequate defense. In Florida, Houppert describes a public defender’s office, loaded with upward of seven hundred cases per attorney, and discovers the degree to which Clarence Earl Gideon’s promise is still unrealized. In New Orleans, she follows the case of a man imprisoned for twenty-seven years for a crime he didn’t commit, finding a public defense system already near collapse before Katrina and chronicling the harrowing months after the storm, during which overworked volunteers and students struggled to get the system working again. In Georgia, Houppert finds a mentally disabled man who is to be executed for murder, despite the best efforts of a dedicated but severely overworked and underfunded capital defender.

    Half a century after Anthony Lewis’s award-winning Gideon’s Trumpet brought us the story of the court case that changed the American justice system, Chasing Gideon is a crucial book that provides essential reckoning of our attempts to implement this fundamental constitutional right.

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    By Joe Nickell. Published by University of Kentucky Press. 2014.

    "The O.J. Simpson trial. The Lindbergh kidnapping. The death of Marilyn Monroe. The assassination of the Romanovs. The Atlanta child murders. All controversial cases. All investigated with the latest techniques in forensic science. Nationally respected investigators Joe Nickell and John Fischer explain the science behind the criminal investigations that have captured the nation's attention. Crime Science is the only comprehensive guide to forensics. Without being overly technical or treating scientific techniques superficially, the authors introduce readers to the work of firearms experts, document examiners, fingerprint technicians, medical examiners, and forensic anthropologists. Each topic is treated in a separate chapter, in a clear and understandable style. Nickell and Fisher describe fingerprint classification and autopsies, explain how fibers link victims to their killers, and examine the science underlying DNA profiling and toxicological analysis. From weapons analysis to handwriting samples to shoe and tire impressions, Crime Science outlines the indispensable tools and techniques that investigators use to make sense of a crime scene. Each chapter closes with a study of a well-known case, revealing how the principles of forensic science work in practice." - from the publisher

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    By Wayne LaFave. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 5th edition.

    "Major emphasis is placed on the basic premises of criminal law, including its sources and general limitations. This Hornbook provides detailed discussion on the topics of responsibility, justification and excuse, inchoate crimes, accomplice, and liability. Attention is also given to subjects such as causation, insanity, and conspiracy." - from the publisher

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    By Arnold Loewy. Published by Thomson West. 2009. 5th edition.

    "This guide helps you gain an overview of and develop perspective on the area of criminal law. It is organized into eight sections for quick reference. Expert discussion explores punishment, specific crimes, and the ingredients of a crime such as mens rea and actus reus. Other topics covered include special defenses, the burden of proof, and inchoate and group criminality. It also reflects on the limitations of criminal law." - from the publisher

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    By Donna Coker; Robert Weisberg. Published by Thomson West. 1st ed.

    "This collection of case stories illustrates the balance, continuity, and evolution in substantive criminal law doctrine in light of the social and political contexts in which those doctrines are perennially tested. These stories focus on the pre-litigation behavior of defendants, raising important moral and cultural questions about human nature and human society and how social norms get translated into workable legal doctrines. They survey the typical variety of doctrines addressed in a standard criminal law course, elucidating the classic themes of common law jurisprudence." - from the publisher

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    By Paul Bergman. Published by Nolo Press. 2015. 3rd edition.

    "Criminal Law: A Desk Reference covers the basic to the complex in alphabetical order. Whether it’s “alibi” or “writ of habeas corpus,” the book makes it easy to find and understand what you’re looking for. It even provides links to articles about the law in your state.

    With this book you’ll be able to:

    • learn the law with real-life examples
    • understand procedures from arraignment
    through appeals
    • determine defenses to common crimes
    • examine actual criminal statutes
    • understand new movements in the law, like "revenge porn" prosecutions, and
    • learn about working with a lawyer." - from the publisher

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    By Brent E Newton. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2014. 4th edition.

    "Criminal Litigation and Legal Issues in Criminal Procedure is designed to incorporate the substantive law of criminal procedure into a trial advocacy course. The traditional trial advocacy course is concerned almost exclusively with skills training (e.g., learning techniques for cross-examining a witness), but does not incorporate much, if any, substantive law. Conversely, a traditional substantive course on criminal law or criminal procedure focuses exclusively on legal principles and doctrine, but does not involve training students in courtroom advocacy skills concerning substantive law. Criminal Litigation and Legal Issues in Criminal Procedure merges elements from these two types of courses into one and seeks to bridge the gap between them." - from the publisher

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    By Victor Streib. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 4th.

    "Streib’s Death Penalty in a Nutshell covers both the substantive and procedural law of capital cases, along with relevant history, jurisprudence, and constitutional law. It addresses: International issues, The complex role of defense counsel, Systemic bias, Execution of the innocent. All relevant data, including statutory and caselaw, provide a basis for broad exploration of academic and pragmatic issues for lawyers, law students, and others interested in the worst crimes committed by the worst offenders." - from the publisher

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    By American Immigration Lawyers Association. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2013.

    This title provides as thorough analysis of of the most important issues in the complex nexus of immigration law and criminal law.

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    By Wayne LaFave. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 2nd edition.

    "Expertly written to provide comprehensive coverage of the most crucial issues in a course, the Concise Hornbook Series features concise analyses by prominent scholars of basic areas of the law. The Series focuses on core principles and concepts fundamental to understanding the subject matter. LaFave's Principles of Criminal Law: The Concise Hornbook Series provides detailed discussion on the topics of responsibility, justification and excuse, inchoate crimes and accomplice liability. The book also gives attention to subjects such as causation, insanity and conspiracy." - from Google Books

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    By Wayne LaFave. Published by Thomson West. 2009. 2nd ed.

    "This book, for use in connection with a course focused upon crime detection and investigation, examines various investigative procedures, including search and seizure, network surveillance, entrapment, interrogation, lineup and photo identification, and grand jury investigation; describes the scope and administration of exclusionary rules relating to those procedures; and also discusses the right to counsel. All sections in the book are cross-referenced to comparable sections of the authors' seven-volume Criminal Procedure treatise containing more detailed analysis and citations to additional supporting authorities." - from the publisher

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    By Wayne LaFave. Published by Thomson West. 2009. 2nd ed.

    "This book, for use in connection with a course focused upon the formal part of the criminal process, covers counsel, bail, the charging decision, preliminary hearing and grand jury review, the prosecution's location and scope, speedy trial, pleading and discovery, guilty pleas, jury trial, pretrial publicity, the trial, double jeopardy, sentencing, appeal, and collateral attack. All sections in the book are cross-referenced to comparable sections of the authors' seven-volume Criminal Procedure treatise containing more detailed analysis and citations to additional supporting authorities." - from the publisher

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    By Edwin Sutherland. Published by AltaMira Press. 2013. 11th edition.

    "This classic has been the most authoritative text in the field since 1924. The thoroughly revised Eleventh Edition continues to provide a sound, sophisticated, sociological treatment of the principal issues in criminology." - from the publisher

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    By Robert Davis. Published by Rand. 2010.

    "Clinics have dealt with a range of victims' rights issues in trial courts, including the rights to be present, to be consulted about plea offers, to make an impact statement, to be notified of changes in defendants' detention status, to restitution, and to privacy. However, the principal issue has been victims' standing before the court to enforce their rights. In some states, standing has been acknowledged, at least in limited ways. In other states, clinics have made or are making steps toward such recognition or have been successful in representing victims without the issue being directly confronted. In one state, attorneys' ability to represent victims in criminal court is currently in serious question. This book discusses how some clinics have won significant gains at the appellate and federal court levels concerning victim standing, the rights to be consulted and heard, and the right to privacy. The authors conclude that the state clinics are beginning to fulfill the intentions of their architects and funders. All of the clinics have pushed the envelope of victims' rights in their state courts. Some have won significant victories in gaining standing for victims and expanding the definition of particular rights. Others are enjoined in the battle. But all have raised awareness of victims' rights with prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys, and police officials." - from the publisher

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    By Paul Bergman. Published by Nolo Press. 2014.

    The Criminal Law Handbook explains in plain-English every facet of the criminal court process. Readers will learn what happens during arrest, booking, preliminary hearings, charges, and bail. This guide also explains the tenets of search and seizure, plea bargaining, and sentencing, along with an overview of the juvenile system

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    By Lynn Branham. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 9th edition.

    "An excellent reference tool, this book covers a range of sentencing-related topics, including the purposes of criminal sanctions, restorative justice, guilty pleas and plea bargaining, rights during sentencing proceedings, sentencing factors, various ways to structure sentencing systems, community sanctions, the death penalty, Eighth Amendment constraints on sentences in noncapital cases, parole release, probation and parole revocation, and the enmeshed penalties or collateral consequences of a conviction. The latter half of this helpful resource provides an illuminating overview of the constitutional rights of prisoners, the mechanics of litigating inmates’ § 1983 suits, and the remedies available to inmates." - from the publisher

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    By Ellen S. Podger; Peter J. Henning; Jerold H. Israel; Nancy J. King. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 1st ed.

    "Authored by leading academics who bring strong scholarly and practice perspectives to the subject, White Collar Crime is the first one-volume, in-depth analysis of substantive and procedural aspects of white collar crime. Offenses analyzed include conspiracy, fraud, corruption, RICO, false statements, perjury, tax, currency reporting, bankruptcy, environmental, and computer crimes. Procedural issues are addressed in detail, including the grand jury process, agency investigations, parallel proceedings, self-incrimination (testimony and documents), searches, and privileges. In addition to statutes and caselaw, the book covers strategy and DOJ internal guidelines and also includes sentencing of both individuals and corporations in white-collar cases. This book is an indispensable guide for students and practitioners alike." - from the publisher

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