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Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies, 2nd Edition Paperback – September 25, 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-1412981293 ISBN-10: 1412981298 Edition: 2nd

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"The text is the best Criminal Law text I have seen. Actually, it is the best text in any subject I have seen. It should serve as a model for textbook writing in all subjects taught at undergraduate institutions.

It is very well written, organized and researched. It is comprehensive without being wooden. There is a lot of variety of material so it remains interesting throughout the course. The companion resources are particularly helpful both for instructors and students."

(Jane Younglove 2010-04-22)

"It is by far the best text/casebook on the market geared to undergraduate students in a criminal law class. It is also the best bargain, and priced at least $50 less than other criminal law texts designed for undergraduate instruction. The cases are anything but boring; Professor Lippman has done a brilliant job in selecting cases that bring the material to life with real-world situations."
(Philip M. Stinson, Sr.)

"I feel the Lippman Contemporary Criminal Law text fills a unique niche among similar books in that it seems the most cutting-edge and current. It also lives up to its subtitle by bringing in the most controversial issues in the discipline. The cases are interesting and useful." (Jennifer K. Wesely)

"The major strengths of the text include a clear writing style, the inclusion of comprehension tools such as chapter summaries and “legal equations,” and most especially, the broad range of interesting and provocative cases." (Don Liddick 2010-04-22)

"This the best textbook for my teaching style because of its balanced use of text and cases. I intend to continue to use Lippman." (Russell Loving)

About the Author

Matthew Lippman has taught criminal law and criminal procedure in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for more than twenty years. He has also taught courses on civil liberties, law and society, and terrorism and teaches international criminal law at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He earned a Doctorate in Political Science from Northwestern University, a Master of Law from Harvard Law School, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He has been voted by the graduating seniors at UIC to receive the Silver Circle Award for outstanding teaching on six separate occasions and has also received the UIC Flame Award from the University of Illinois Alumni Association, as well as the Excellence in Teaching Award, Teaching Recognition (Portfolio) Award, and Honors College Fellow of the Year Award. The university chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honors society, named him “criminal justice professor of the year” on three occasions. In 2008, Professor Lippman was named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Master Teacher. He is also recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and in May 2012 he was honored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which named him Commencement Marshal. Professor Lippman is author of more than 100 articles and 3 books. These publications focus on criminal law and criminal procedure, international human rights, and comparative law. Professor Lippman is the author of Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies, Third Edition (SAGE, ©2013) His work is cited in hundreds of academic publications and by international courts and organizations. He has also served on legal teams appearing before the International Court of Justice in the Hague, U.S. district and appellate courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Lippman also has testified as an expert witness on international law before numerous state and federal courts, and has consulted with both private organizations and branches of the U.S. government. He has appeared as a radio and television commentator and has been frequently quoted in leading newspapers. He has served in every major administrative position in the Criminal Justice Department, including Department Head.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 2nd edition (September 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412981298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412981293
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Hendrix on August 23, 2012
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If you're looking at this book for casual reading I would advise you to keep looking, but this is a pretty good book for class. I'm currently using it in my criminal law (CJA 354) class as the required reading. With the class, we read chapters according to the syllabus, but without the class this would be a hefty read as there are almost 600 pages of reading material.

This is a book I'll be taking with me to law school as it does contain some pretty helpful material and it is well written. The author lists cases and then discusses those cases, but the main focus of the book are many concepts to law. For example, the book goes into great detail about constitutional limitations, actus rea (criminal acts) and mens rea (criminal intent), justification and defense excuses, crimes against public order and morality, etc.

One thing that I'm not crazy about is that there is a section in Appendix A that discusses what needs to go into a court citation (e.g. Jones v. United States, 308 F.2D), but it does not go into great detail and is actually kind of vague. I'm a visual guy and it would have been nice if a visual example and breakdown were included, but I guess that's where the internet comes in handy.

Buy this book used and you'll save a bundle of cash. I did and my book looks brand new. One thing I will say, though, that the seller forgot to highlight, this is not the latest edition of this book and will most likely not match up with your school's syllabus (depending on which version your school's using). This is the 2006 version and my school is using the 2010 version, so buyer beware when making your purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Hogan on September 16, 2013
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Although this is the second edition and the class called for the third edition, there is so little difference it has not been a issue and the difference is unapparent.
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By Kelli E. Doederlein on February 9, 2010
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This was purchased for a college class on current issues in Criminal Justice. My teacher is a circuit court judge who (as all judges must) went to law school. This book reads as a law school book in some ways. The cases listed at the end or mixed in the chapters help to emphasize to the reader what they previously read on certain topics such as Actus Reus and Criminal Responsibility. These are actual cases that put into perspective not only how these terms apply in general but how they apply in the real world of the criminal justice system. A warning on some of the cases is needed since some are upseting and graphic but this is the real world of the criminal justice system and this author does not hold back in showing the reader what they will face.
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By michelle on September 13, 2012
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I used this book for my Criminal Law class. I really liked that the book was very detailed and contained helpful information that I later applied to my other classes. Its a lot of reading but worth it. A lot of people who I know are in law school are using this book, so its helpful not just for undergrads. I am also fortunate that I was able to have the author, Matthew Lippman, as my professor. He is an awesome teacher and all of his years in the criminology field are positively reflected in this book.
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I was skeptical when I first saw the price of this book, and the fact that the seller did not have a rating; thinking the book must be maked up and in rough shape, but when I recieved the book I was AMAZED! It was in perfect condition, other than on corner having a (very)little damage. The pages were pristine, no marks whatsoever. It was delivered on the day it was supposed to and the seller responded promptly to an email concerning this purchase.
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By Jay on October 31, 2013
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i bought this book because it was required for a class. it is very useful and interesting. when i got the book there was some sticky stuff on the cover, but wiped off fine. i recommend it if you need it for a class.
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By Eric on October 26, 2013
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Used this during class and it was very useful. Provides bulleted points for the needed elements for a situation to meet the aspects of a crime. I kept this book and I still use it as a reference.
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This book thought me alot about various issues and cases that goes along with it and what i really enjoyed from this book is how the cases where brief. The book came in a perfect condition.
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