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Understanding Criminal Law

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Hardcover, 606 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by LexisNexis/Matthew Bender (first published March 1st 1993)
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Valerie Sherman
Dec 06, 2007 Valerie Sherman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a helpful overview of criminal law rules.
Dec 04, 2015 Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if I've got the right edition here but whatever.

Solid read, very useful supplement to the Boyce/Dripp/Perkins casebook we were using in Criminal Law. Certainly saved me a lot of trouble, I only wish I had gotten it sooner.

Probably could stand to be a little better organized, which is a weird thing to say because it was so meticulously outlined. I didn't find the organization scheme satisfying, though.
Jul 21, 2013 Caleb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best law book I have read thus far; concepts are articulated well and illuminated by memorable examples. I would give it 5 stars, but that may be a bridge too far.
Solid introduction to criminal law. This is one of the first books I read cover-to-cover when I started law school, and it was a big help in learning how to analyze legal issues. Just a couple complaints: the discussions on the Model Penal Code were exhausting, and I think the author spent a disproportionate amount of time on issues that are only of academic interest (maybe not critical to know as a lawyer).
Jun 13, 2007 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome. If you have a clueless prof like I did, study this book and you'll be set!
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Apr 17, 2014 Cary S rated it really liked it
A bit more opinionated than I would have hoped for, but a good survey on the whole!
Sep 19, 2016 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This treatise saved my life.
Oct 23, 2008 Konfou2002 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“However, the outcome is inconsistent with the general principle that people should not be punished in the absence of culpability, since one who acts on the basis of a reasonable mistake of law lacks moral blameworthiness.” 0 likes
“Because of the danger of collusion, the Model Code, like the common law, does not recognize an excuse for reliance on the advice of a private attorney. The Commentary concedes, however, that cases can “be imagined in which a client is unfairly taxed with his lawyer’s bad advice.”60” 0 likes
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