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Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Front Cover - Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Third Edition

Erwin Chemerinsky
University of California, Irvine
Laurie L. Levenson, Loyola, Los Angeles

2017. 984 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-8299-2

With Teacher’s Manual.

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Please visit the companion website for the Criminal Procedure casebook for more information.

About the Book

Written in the student-friendly style that characterizes Chemerinsky’s Constitutional Law casebook, Criminal Procedure: Investigation, Third Edition features cases, minor cases, and author-written essays while omitting both notes in the form of rhetorical questions and excerpts from law review articles. The chronological organization moves through the investigation process. Dynamic text guides students through understanding the law with tightly edited cases, samples of legal pleadings arguing the issues, and perspectives from prosecutors, defense, counsel, judges, police, and victims alike. Each chapter has a consistent, systematic approach, beginning with an introduction laying out the nature of the issue, followed by a discussion on the history and development of the law. Then, examples of recent and seminal cases reveal how key criminal procedure issues have been raised, and an analytic approach toward resolving each issue shows what worked and why. A detailed Teacher’s Manual provides questions—along with answers—to provoke class discussion, and instructors are provided with PowerPoint slides.


Professors and students will benefit from:
  • Straightforward writing style and dynamic text combined with clear and presenting thoughtfully edited principal and minor cases
  • Intuitive chronological presentation of topics in an easy-to-understand approach from investigation to prosecution to post-conviction relief
  • Systematic and cohesive exploration of policy on every issue, before moving on to the specifics of doctrine 
  • Useful examples for future and current criminal law practitioners 
  • Approachable organization based on common progression through criminal justice system
  • Straight writing style that relies on cases and author essays rather than law review excerpts and strict Socratic rhetoric questions 
  • Practice-oriented features, discussion of modern policy issues, useful example documents for practitioners