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Criminal Procedure 2E

Front Cover - Criminal Procedure 2E

Second Edition

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

2013.  Approx. 1,248 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-0694-3.

With Teacher’s Manual.

About the Book

Written in the student-friendly style that characterizes Chemerinsky’s Constitutional Law casebook, Criminal Procedure 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 criminal justice process, from investigation to habeas corpus. 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 additional teaching materials such as PowerPoint slides and a DVD presenting the facts and backgrounds of key cases.


The Second Edition has been thoroughly updated and provides analysis of the impact of important recent decisions, such as Arizona v. Gant, Herring v. U.S., Berghuis v. Thompkins, Maryland v. Shatzer, Montejo v. Louisiana, Perry v. New Hampshire, Frye v. Missouri, Lafler v. Cooper, and Williams v. Illinois. In addition, the Second Edition examines new decisions affecting right to counsel, right to fair trial, and habeas corpus law. New supplemental handouts and practice materials are available on the companion website.


Hallmark features of Criminal Procedure:

  • Written in the approachable style of Chemerinsky’s Constitutional Law casebook
  • features cases and minor cases
  • offers author-written essays
  • omits both notes in the form of rhetorical questions and excerpts from law review articles
  • Organized chronologically through the criminal justice process 
  • from investigation through habeas corpus
  • Dynamic text guides students through understanding the law
  • tightly-edited cases 
  • samples of legal pleadings arguing the issues
  • perspectives from prosecutors, defense, counsel, judges, police, and victims
  • Consistent systematic approach to topics in each chapter 
  • an introduction laying out the nature of the issue
  • discussion of the history and development of the law
  • examples of recent and seminal cases that raise key criminal procedure issues
  • analytic approach toward resolving a specific legal issue—what worked and why
  • Accompanied by a detailed Teacher’s Manual 
  • questions—and answers—to provoke class discussion
  • Additional teaching materials
  • PowerPoint slides 
  • DVD presenting the facts and backgrounds in key cases
Thoroughly updated, the revised Second Edition presents:

  • Analysis of the impact of recent decisions:
  • Arizona v. Gant 
  • Herring v. United States
  • Berghuis v. Thompkins 
  • Maryland v. Shatzer
  • Montejo v. Louisiana
  • Perry v. New Hampshire
  • Missouri v. Frye
  • Lafler v. Cooper
  • Skilling v. United States
  • Michigan v. Bryant
  • Bullcoming v. New Mexico
  • Williams v. Illinois
  • Graham v. Florida
  • Miller v. Alabama
  • Examination of new decisions’ effects:
  • right to counsel
  • right to fair trial
  • habeas corpus law
  • New material on companion website:
  • supplemental handouts
  • practice materials