CRIMINAL PRETRIAL AND TRIAL PRACTICE


The real significance of crime is in its being a breach of faith
with the community of mankind.    Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim

Welcome to the Criminal Law Web Site. The material on our pages is intended as a resource for anyone with an interest in the law of crimes, defenses, and punishment.
It also serves as a supplemental resource for students taking the first-year
introductory law school course in criminal law.

Coverage includes general principles and elements of criminal liability: culpable
mental states, act and omission, causation, and attendant circumstances.
Attention is also given to inchoate crimes - solicitation, conspiracy,
and attempt - and to theories of complicity.

You'll also find treatment of the basic defenses: self-defense, defense of another,
defense of habitation, use of force to prevent crime, use of force to arrest,
use of force in discipline of children, duress, necessity, and insanity.

The site is maintained and written as a public service by 
The Center for Criminal Justice Advocacy .

Balancing theory with practice, CCJA maintains related sites dealing with the subjects
of criminal trial advocacy , criminal pretrial and trial practice, and jury argument.
 
Please note that our new URL is www.crimesanddefenses.com






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CRIMINAL LAW 2014
Crimes and Defenses Explained
copyright © Ray Moses  2001-2014

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ACT. OMISSION. POSSESSION; MENS REA; EFFECT OF INTOXICATION; MISTAKE OF FACT DEFENSE; MISTAKE OF LAW DEFENSE; RULES OF STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION; PUNISHMENT; CAUSATION
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PROPERTY CRIMES: Embezzlement; False Pretenses; Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property; Robbery; Burglary; Extortion; Mail/Wire Fraud; SEX OFFENSES: Rape
INCHOATE OFFENSES: Solicitation; Conspiracy; Attempt; IMPOSSIBILITY DEFENSE; RENUNCIATION DEFENSE; COMPLICITY THEORY: Aiding and Abetting; Accomplice Liability; Pinkerton Rule; RICO; PROPERTY CRIMES: Larceny; Theft; Embezzlement
DURESS DEFENSE; NECESSITY DEFENSE; SELF-DEFENSE; DEFENSE OF OTHERS; DEFENSE OF HABITATION; DEFENSE OF PROPERTY; RESISTING ARREST; CITIZEN'S ARREST; ENTRAPMENT DEFENSE; OUTRAGEOUS GOVERNMENT CONDUCT DEFENSE
MENS REA: Culpable Mental States; Wilful Blindness; Mistake of Fact; Mistake of Law; Intoxication Defense;  ACTUS REUS - CONDUCT REQUIREMENT: Omission; Void for Vagueness; Principle of Legality; CRIMINAL HOMICIDE: Murder; Felony-Murder; Manslaughter; Negligent Homicide; MENTAL ILLNESS: Incompetence; Infancy
MENTAL ILLNESS; Incompetency as a Bar to Trial and  Execution; Insanity as a Defense; Diminished Capacity as a Defense or Mitigation; INFANCY DEFENSE; DURESS DEFENSE; NECESSITY DEFENSE; SELF-DEFENSE; DEFENSE OF ANOTHER; RESISTING ARREST; DEFENSE OF PROPERTY; USE OF FORCE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR CRIME PREVCENTION AND TO PROTECT LIFE OR HEALTH AND TO DISCIPLINE CHILDREN; ENTRAPMENT DEFENSE; ALIBI; ACCIDENT; STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS; DOUBLE JEOPARDY; SPEEDY TRIAL; SELECTIVE OR VINDICTIVE PROSECUTION
SIMULATED LITIGATION - COURTROOM SKILLS FOR CRIMINAL LAWYERS
SKILL AND TECHNIQUE IN PREPARING & DELIVERING JURY ARGUMENT IN CRIMINALCASES
SOLICITATION; CONSPIRACY; ATTEMPT; COMPLICITY; ACCOMPLICE AND C0-CONSPIRATOR LIABILITY
HISTORY OF CRIMES AND DEFENSES
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BURGLARY; EMBEZZLEMENT; FALSE PRETENSES; LARCENY; THEFT; ROBBERY
SEX CRIMES: RAPE; SEXUAL ASSAULT; STATUTORY RAPE; SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD; BIGAMY; SEDUCTION; FORNICATION; SODOMY; HOMOSEXUAL ACTS; INCEST; OBSCENITY; PROSTITUTION;
ARSON; ASSAULT; BARRATRY; BATTERY; COMPOUNDING; CRIMINAL MISCHIEF; ENTICING A CHILD; FALSE IMPRISONMENT; KIDNAPPING; MAYHEM; PERJURY
CRIMINAL HOMICIDE; CAPITAL MURDER; MURDER; DEGREES OF MURDER; VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER; INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER; MANSLAUGHTER; INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER; CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE
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THE COURSE THEME SONG - Why is We're in the Jailhouse Now* an appropriate theme song for a course in our country's criminal law? Perhaps because we have more criminals in our prisons and jails than any other nation. With 5% of the world's population we have 25% of its prisoners.

* The best renditions of this song for those who like yodeling are from "The Singing Brakeman" Jimmie Rodgers, whose blood was reputedly 98% black-eyed pea juice. They're above and here. The Soggy Bottom Boys  (in the film O' Brother Where Art Thou) sing the following lyrics:

I had a friend named Ramblin' Bob / He used to steal, gamble and rob / He thought he was the smartest* guy around / Well I found out last Monday / That Bob got locked up Sunday / They've got him in the jailhouse way down town.

He's in the jail house now / He's in the jail house   now / Well I told him once or twice/ To stop* playin' cards and a shootin' dice //    He's in the jail house  now.
(Yodel)
Bob liked to play his poker / He knuckled with Dan Yoakum/ But shootin' dice was his favorite game / He got throwed in jail / With nobody to go his bail /
The judge done said that he refused a fine.

He's in the jail house now / He's in the jail house   now / Well I told him once or twice / To stop** playin' cards and a shootin' dice //  He's in the jail house now.
(Yodel)
Well I went out last Tuesday  / I  met a girl named Susie / I said  I was the swellest guy around / Well we started to spending my money / And she started to calling' me honey / We took in every cabaret*** in town.

We're in the jail house now / We're in the jail house now /Well I told that judge right to his face / I don't like to see this place // We're in the jail house  now.
(Yodel)

* "slickest" sounds better
** "quit" sounds better
***  "honky-tonk" sounds better
Other versions: (1 - Blind Blake) (2 - 3 Webb Pierce is good) (4 - Ernest Tubb) (5 -Johnny C) (6 - Doc Watson yodel)
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