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The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles
Akhil Amar examines the role of search warrants, the status of the exclusionary rule, self-incrimination theory and practice, and a host of Sixth Amendment trial-related rights. Through a close and original analysis of constitutional text, history, structure, and precedent - leavened with a healthy measure of common sense - he challenges conventional wisdom on a broad rang ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 27th 1997 by Yale University Press
(first published 1997)
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This was a very thought provoking book and he makes a good case that much of our current constitutional criminal procedure is off base. It provides greater protection for criminals than for innocent citizens, who for example have little recourse to an unconstitutional search of their house. I'm not sure I agree with everything he says and the book is getting a bit outdated, although the key points are still relevant. His writing style is a bit repetitive although in part that is because the book ...more
Akhil Reed Amar is currently Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. He received his B.A, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College, and his J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, he joined the Yale fac ...moreMore about Akhil Reed Amar...