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Defining Federal Crimes

Front Cover - Defining Federal Crimes

Daniel C. Richman
Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Kate Stith
Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law
Yale Law School

William J. Stuntz
Late of Harvard University

2014. 864 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-1989-9. With Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

Defining Federal Crimes is the first to frame criminal law as a distinctive world created and shaped by the interplay between the three branches of the federal government. It provides an overview of basic doctrine while inviting students to explore the many difficult and unsettled questions that continue to perplex judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and policymakers. Particularly since students' basic Criminal Law courses draw on penal laws from any number of jurisdictions, this book will be their first exposure to an actual criminal law system, in which each law-shaping institution can react to the moves of the others. 

Some features of this groundbreaking book include:
  contemporary treatment of federal criminal law that gives students a sense of legal change in real time
  a comprehensive overview of the many federal criminal offenses prosecutors use to charge political corruption
  exploration of difficult questions associated with criminalizing aspects of the political process
  framing of apparently diverse offenses like money laundering, RICO, and material support to terrorism as the complicity-broadening devices that make them intellectually interesting and practically potent
  the use of "Notes and Questions" to situate major cases in their proper political and historical contexts, tie together topics from different parts of the book that touch on similar themes, and explore lingering doctrinal ambiguities
  practical organization structured around themes that draw together disparate areas of federal criminal law, giving students an understanding of the legislative drafting styles that Congress uses, the diverse statutory interpretation strategies of courts, and the strategic choices of prosecutors