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Criminal Law: Cases and Materials, Ninth Edition

  • John Kaplan
  • Robert Weisberg
  • Guyora Binder
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Criminal Law: Cases and Materials has long been respected for its distinguished authorship. The late John Kaplan’s extraordinary work continues with the scholarship of Robert Weisberg and Guyora Binder in the Ninth Edition. This casebook’s renowned interdisciplinary approach fuels class discussion as it enriches study. Logically organized, the text addresses the purposes and limits of punishment and considers the meaning and types of crime. Well-edited cases, interesting materials, and clear notes combine with cutting-edge issues and important social questions, such as whom and why we punish. Especially strong are the sections addressing the phenomenon of mass incarceration (including the movement towards prison abolition), the theme of and challenges to racial justice in our criminal law system, and the evolution of our laws on sexual assault.

New to the Ninth Edition:

  • Addition of up-to-date empirical and public policy research as well as expanded discussion of the role of constitutional law in the criminalization of homelessness, and issues of racial justice on such topics as criminal liability of police for use of lethal force and the controversies over citizen’s arrest powers.
  • Incorporation of new feminist research in such areas as battered women’s self-defense and sexual assault (including treatment of the ongoing efforts to revise the Model Penal Code laws on rape).
  • New historically informed treatment of felony murder, including legislative and judicial developments in reform and possible abolition of felony murder doctrine.
  • Updated notes and questions aimed at improving the casebook’s usefulness for exam preparation.
  • New case law on the challenges of applying criminal law in the Internet world on such topics as possession of child pornography images and criminal conduct through cyber-messaging.
  • A fresh new analytic guide on “impossible attempts”, designed to assist students with this perennially challenging doctrine.

Professors and student will benefit from:

  • Strong authorship team: The late John Kaplan, a storied teacher and scholar; Weisberg and Binder, noted scholars in criminal law
  • An interdisciplinary approach
  • Well-edited cases, interesting materials, and clear notes
  • Logical organization
  • “Snapshot Review” exercises to aid students in exam preparation.
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About the authors
John Kaplan
Stanford University

John Kaplan is the late Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford University.

Robert Weisberg
Stanford University

Robert Weisberg, JD ’79, is Faculty Co-Director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, and works primarily in the field of criminal justice, writing and teaching in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, white collar crime, and sentencing policy. He also founded and now serves as faculty co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center (SCJC), which promotes and coordinates research and public policy programs on criminal law and the criminal justice system, including institutional examination of the police and correctional systems. In 1979, Professor Weisberg received his JD from Stanford Law School, where he served as President of the emStanford Law Reviewem. He then served as a law clerk to Chief Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court. After joining the Stanford law faculty, he served as a consulting attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the California Appellate Project on death penalty cases, and he continues to consult on criminal appeals in the state and federal courts. Professor Weisberg is a three-time winner of the law school’s John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching. Before entering the field of law, Professor Weisberg received a PhD in English at Harvard and was a tenured English professor at Skidmore College. Drawing on that background, he is one of the nation’s leading scholars on the intersection of law and literature and co-author of the highly praised book, emLiterary Criticisms of Lawem.

Guyora Binder
State University of New York, Buffalo

Guyora Binder, University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor of Law, was formerly law clerk to federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Dana Fellow of Comparative Jurisprudence at U.C.L.A., Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, and Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Stanford Law School. He has written in the areas of jurisprudence, criminal law, constitutional law, and international law. His research primarily concerns the representation of historical change and of personal and group identity in law and legal thought. Guyora Binder is the author of Treaty Conflict and Political Contradiction (Praeger, 1988), and coauthor of Criminal Law (Little Brown, 1996) and Literary Criticisms of Law (Princeton University Press, 2000). His work has appeared in such journals as the Yale Law Journal, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities.

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