Section I: A FOUNDATION FOR UNDERSTANDING CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. 1. A Historical Overview. 2. An Overview of Our Legal System. 3. The Supreme Court of the United States: The Final Word. 4. Reaching the Law. Section II: THE GUARANTEES OF THE CONSTITUTION TO CITIZENS: CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. 5. Equal Protection Under the Law: Balancing Individual, State and Federal Rights. 6. The First Amendment: Basic Freedom. 7. The Second Amendment: The Gun Control Controversy. Section III: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS INFLUENCING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. 8. The Fourth Amendment: An Overview of Constitutional Searches and Seizures. 9. Conducting Constitutional Searches. 10. Conducting Constitutional Seizures. 11. The Fifth Amendment: Due Process and Obtaining Information Legally. 12. The Sixth Amendment: Right to Counsel and a Fair Trial. 13. The Eighth Amendment: Bail, Fines, and Punishment. Section IV: COMING FULL CIRCLE. 14. The Remaining Amendments and a Return to the Constitution. Epilogue. Appendices. Glossary.
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About the Author
The late J. Scott Harr worked in various areas of the law for 30 years. He was the Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Public Safety Director for a suburb of the Twin Cities and served as a police officer for two other cities prior to that. In addition, he served as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. Licensed as a lawyer, police officer, and private investigator, he taught at Normandale Community College, Metropolitan State University, and Concordia University.
Kären Matison Hess, Ph.D. (d. 2010), was an instructor at Normandale Community College (Bloomington, Minnesota) who crafted a line of enduring, practical textbooks in the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice.