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Defining Crimes, 2E

Front Cover - Defining Crimes, 2E

Second Edition

William J. Stuntz
Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law
Late of Harvard University

Joseph L. Hoffmann
Harry Pratter Professor of Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law

2014. 1,056 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-3810-4. With Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

The distinguished author team of William J. Stuntz and Joseph L. Hoffmann has written an innovative new casebook that moves the study of criminal law out of the classic law and philosophy framework (“Why do we punish?”) and into the real world (“How is criminal law interpreted and applied in today’s criminal justice system?”). The entirely new perspective of Defining Crimes reflects the essential nature of the problems and issues that affect criminal cases every day.

Look for these key features:
New introductory sections to explain the fundamentals of the criminal law that students need to know to understand many of the chapters and sub-chapters
New secondary materials to provide greater social, historical, and/or political context for many of the issues that are covered in the book
New coverage of several aspects of self-defense law, focusing especially on the recent Trayvon Martin case as well as the “castle” and “stand your ground” doctrines
Revised and expanded discussion of the Model Penal Code’s basic culpability framework
Expanded coverage of battered woman/spouse syndrome 
Expanded and updated coverage of medical marijuana laws and state decriminalization of marijuana
Updated cases and notes throughout the book

Preface / Sample Chapters