Criminal Evidence

Criminal Evidence : An Introduction

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Criminal Evidence: An Introduction is comprehensive in its treatment of criminal evidence law--covering all necessary areas, such as the forms of evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, examination of witnesses, testimonial privileges, and the concepts of relevancy and materiality. The text also features criminal procedure material, including the exclusionary rule, searches and seizures, interrogations, and pretrial identification procedures. In addition, the book covers the development of evidence law as common law, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and current "hot button" topics in criminal evidence such as DNA evidence. The text's comprehensive approach allows instructors to cover all of the "standard" material, while also adding selections that they consider most interesting and relevant to their particular courses. This textbook is intended for use in either a criminal evidence or criminal procedure class. The first five chapters cover preliminary matters in evidence law. This paves the way for a discussion of criminal procedure. Before students can fully understand the nuances of criminal evidence, they need to understand the basics of criminal procedure. It is the law of criminal procedure that governs the handling of evidence before it is introduced in court.show more

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  • Paperback | 478 pages
  • 175.26 x 248.92 x 25.4mm | 793.78g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones
  • 0195330412
  • 9780195330410

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"The authors of this book have done well. They are accurate without being wordy, conceptual without being unduly abstract, and comprehensive without wasting space on peripherals.... I commend the authors for making a significant contribution to the ever-expanding field of law textbooks for non-law students."--Rolando del Carmen, Sam Houston State Universityshow more

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SECTION ONE: PRELIMINARY MATTERS: SETTING THE STAGE; 1. INTRODUCTION; The Development of the Law; Sources of Law; Sources of Individual Rights; Rules of Evidence; 2. THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM; Jurisdiction; The Federal Courts; The State Courts; Court Actors; Overview of the Criminal Process; 3. SOME IMPORTANT UNDERLYING CONCEPTS; Burdens of Production and Proof; The Exclusionary Rule; Affirmative Defenses; 4. FORMS OF EVIDENCE; Types of Evidence; Direct and Circumstantial Evidence; Judicial Notice; Presumptions and Inferences; Stipulations; SECTION TWO: ARREST AND SEARCH PROCEDURE; 5. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FOURTH AMENDMENT; Introduction; A Framework for Analyzing the Fourth Amendment; When a Search Occurs; Definition of Seizure; When a Search Is Reasonable: The Doctrine of Justification; Standing; 6. ARRESTS AND SEARCHES WITH WARRANTS; Search and Arrest Warrant Components; Arrest Warrants; Search Warrants; Special Circumstances; 7. ARRESTS AND SEARCHES WITHOUT WARRANTS; Warrantless Actions Based on Probable Cause; Warrantless Actions Based on Reasonable Suspicion; Warrantless Actions Based on Administrative Justification; Checkpoints; Warrantless Actions Based on Consent; 8. SELF-INCRIMINATION, CONFESSIONS, AND IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURES; The Fifth Amendment and Self-Incrimination; Confessions; Identification Procedures; SECTION THREE: CRIMINAL EVIDENCE; 9. WITNESS COMPETENCY, CREDIBILITY, AND IMPEACHMENT INTRODUCTION; Witness Credibility; 10. EXAMINING WITNESSES; Securing the Attendance of Witnesses; Types of Witnesses; How Witnesses Are Examined; Opinion Testimony; 11: Testimonial Privileges; Privileges and Witness Competency; Privileged Communications; 12. THE HEARSAY RULE AND ITS EXCEPTIONS; Introduction; Hearsay and the Sixth Amendment; Exemptions and Exceptions Distinguished; Hearsay Exceptions; Hearsay Procedure; 13: HOW DIFFERENT TYPES OF EVIDENCE ARE INTRODUCED; Authentication; Best Evidence Rule; Real/Physical Evidence; Demonstrative Evidence; Scientific Evidenceshow more

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