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Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System [Textbook Binding]

J. Scott Harr
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July 3, 2001 0534594093 978-0534594091 2
This constitutional law text focuses primarily on the Fourth Amendment (reasonable search and seizure) and the Fifth Amendment (double jeopardy, testifying against oneself), since they are the most relevant to criminal justice issues. Harr and Hess, authors of several successful texts in the areas of criminal procedure, criminal justice employment, and policing issues, have taken the most complex of material and made it into a student-oriented, manageable text that covers the key issues related to our Constitution and the criminal justice system.

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

J. Scott Harr has been employed in various areas of the law for more than 28 years. He has been a social worker and a youth worker. For over 11 years he served as 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 before that. In addition, Scott has served as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. He is licensed as a lawyer, police officer and private investigator, and founded "Scott Harr Legal Investigations" in 1985. Having taught as community faculty at Normandale Community College, and served as resident faculty at Metropolitan State University School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, he is presently the Criminal Justice Chair for the School of Human Services at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  • Textbook Binding: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 2 edition (July 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534594093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534594091
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,698,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Textbook December 4, 2007
By Ada Lau
This text is one of the best one out there. I hope that you have a class using this book. It is well organized and provide much useful information for daily life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good...but out of date already... March 19, 2009
This book helps explain all of the amendments and is a good textbook for college. The only issue that I had with this book was that in the Second Amendment part of the book they state that no court has ruled in favor of individual rights vs. state rights. This was all changed with the District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. (2008) case. Where the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual's right to possess a firearm for private use. It was the first Supreme Court case in United States history to directly address whether the right to keep and bear arms is a right of individuals or a collective right that applies only to state-regulated militias. So essentially this changes one of the main points that the textbook was trying to make. Other than that I found the book to be quite interesting and a very easy read. I would recommend it to anybody that would like to learn more about the American Constitutional Laws. I just hope they update the book soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great quality for a used January 9, 2013
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love this book, its very easy to read and understand, the authors did a fantastic job with this book, i used it for a textbook for a class I'm doing and it was my definite "go to source"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great textbook December 2, 2010
By Adrea
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This text is one of the best one out there. I hope that you have a class using this book. Provides much info that you can use. not hard to read through and understand at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good service and product. July 20, 2013
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Delivered as promised with speed and accuracy. Would recommend this seller. Love the topics combined into one textbook. Stick with The Constitution and The Word of God, and you'll never go wrong.
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