With Harr and Hess' legalese-free text, you'll gain a firm understanding of our often-complex Constitution and criminal justice system. To ground you in the laws that shape the system and our society, the authors present you with a clearly organized, 'bird's-eye view of the topic, supported by over 200 summarized cases that introduce you to the most influential and pertinent cases. Harr and Hess also devote considerable time to an exploration of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, relevant because of their application to issues relevant to criminal justice: reasonable search and seizure, double jeopardy, and testifying against oneself.
Table of Contents
Section One: A FOUNDATION FOR UNDERSTANDING CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. 1. A Historical Overview. 2. An Overview of Our Legal System. 3. The Supreme Court of the United States: The Final Word. 4. Reaching the Law. Section Two: THE GUARANTEES OF THE CONSTITUTION TO CITIZENS: CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. 5. Equal Protection Under the Law: Balancing Individual, State and Federal Rights. 6. The First Amendment: Basic Freedom. 7. The Second Amendment: The Gun Control Controversy. Section Three: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS INFLUENCING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. 8. The Fourth Amendment: An Overview of Constitutional Searches and Seizures. 9. Conducting Constitutional Searches. 10. Conducting Constitutional Seizures. 11. The Fifth Amendment: Due Process and Obtaining Information Legally. 12. The Sixth Amendment: Right to Counsel and a Fair Trial. 13. The Eighth Amendment: Bail, Fines, and Punishment. Section Four: COMING FULL CIRCLE. 14. The Remaining Amendments and a Return to the Constitution. Epilogue. Appendices. Glossary.