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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- By Mark Cammack. Published by Thomson West. 2006. 2nd edition.
"Designed for use as supplemental reading in an advanced criminal procedure course on the post-investigation processing of a criminal case. Includes a clear, concise, and thorough narrative explanation of the issues involved in the prosecution and adjudication of a criminal case, from the decision to prosecute and pre-trial release through to sentencing, appeal and collateral attack. Ideal reference for students and practitioners." - from the publisher
- By Lloyd Bonfield. Published by Thomson West. 2006. 1st.
An introduction to American law. This guide provides a clear and concise introduction to the American constitutional system, judiciary, civil and criminal law.
- 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
- By Wayne LaFave. Published by Thomson West. 2009. 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
- Criminal Procedure and the Supreme Court : A Guide to the Major Decisions on Search and Seizure, Privacy, and Individual RightsBy Rolando Del Carmen. Published by Rowman & Littlefield. 2010.
The authors of this text aimed to compile a list of the top twenty court cases dealing with criminal procedure. They rank these cases on their importance as well as present facts, discuss decisions, update, and provide in-depth coverage. These cases deal with various aspects of the Fourth Amendment ranging from police investigatory practices to prosecutorial conduct at trial.
- By Jerold Israel. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 8th edition.
"This nutshell is intended for use by law students of constitutional criminal procedure. It is a succinct analysis of the constitutional standards of major current significance. This is not a text on criminal procedure, but rather about constitutional criminal procedure. It avoids describing the non-constitutional standards applied in each state and federally. The text provides the scope and highlights you need to excel in understanding this field. This will enable you to answer exam questions more quickly and accurately, and enhance your skills as an attorney." - from the publisher
- 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
- By Randy Hertz. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2015. 7th edition.
"The Sixth Edition and the accompanying Supplement include extensive analysis of the latest habeas corpus case law as well as the important statutory changes effected by the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005, and the REAL ID Act of 2005." - from the publisher
- By National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 1st edition.
"This edition of NITA's convenient pocket-size book incorporates the amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that went into effect December 2013." - from the publisher
- By Nancy King. Published by University of Chicago Press. 2011.
A look at the use and abuse of the Writ of Habeas Corpus through legal and empirical analysis and case study. King and Hoffman offer proposals on how to reform the Writ process for a 21st century legal world innundated with emerging problems such as global terrorism and increased immigration. Habeas Corpus law and cases are examined in their past and present forms with an aim to help outline the future definition of the great writ.
- By Janet Traken. Published by Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. 2009.
This comprehensive guide assists readers in understanding how to represent themselves well in traffic court.
- 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."
- By Brent E Newton. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2011. 2nd edition.
"Written for law students, criminal defense attorneys, and criminal prosecuting attorneys, Practical Criminal Procedure, Second Edition provides a comprehensive, yet easily accessible, manual of the constitutional rules of procedure. This pragmatic guide helps practicing lawyers understand complex legal issues in context--as they arise in real-world litigation. Law students can use this guide to get a practical perspective on relevant issues of criminal law. Brent Newton shares his unique perspective as both a practicing attorney and law school professor, examining the major topics in constitutional criminal procedure and including a reference to every significant decision of the United States Supreme Court. He also explores many issues of constitutional procedure not yet addressed by the United States Supreme Court that have been given extensive treatment by lower state and federal courts. A valuable discussion of the rights of criminal defendants and the corresponding obligations of the police and prosecutors is also provided." - from the publisher
- By Russell Weaver; Leslie W. Abramson; John M. Burkoff; Catherine Hancock. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 4th ed.
"This book gives you everything you need to know about basic criminal procedure principles, presented in a no-nonsense fashion. It includes references to recent, relevant decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court. In addition, Principles of Criminal Procedure contains helpful study devices such as "focal points" at the beginning of each chapter, and "points to remember" at the end of each section. This is the only study aid you will need to help you understand basic criminal procedure principles in U.S. law." - from the publisher
- 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
- 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
- By Joseph Lawless. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2008. 4th edition.
"Considered the definitive treatise on the subject, this newest edition of Prosecutorial Misconduct provides a comprehensive and scholarly analysis of every prosecutorial abuse, from the initiation of a criminal investigation through the appeal and post-conviction stages for both federal and state jurisdictions. Unlike other works, however, Prosecutorial Misconduct also provides the defense bar with proven battle plans." - from the publisher
- By Michael G. Collins. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 4th ed.
"Coverage includes the statute's modern revival in Monroe v. Pape, municipal liability, individual officer and sovereign immunity, excessive force litigation, choice of law, state and federal court jurisdiction, remedies, and attorney's fees. There are also chapters on federal officer liability and the relationship between habeas corpus and section 1983. This product is a helpful tool for practitioners, students, judges and their clerks, or anyone wishing to get up to speed on this complex, ever-changing topic." - from the publisher
- 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
- 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