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One of the best-selling casebooks of all time. The book includes all the material required to master the essential issues that arise in federal and state criminal investigations and prosecutions, and affords maximum flexibility to shape a course around a particular teacher’s own priorities and interests. Comprehensive coverage of constitutional decisions and statutory regulation is complemented by the latest policy and scholarly debates about such subjects as the evolving regulation of government surveillance, computer and cell phone searches, eyewitness identification, and profiling. Year after year, the book’s focus on current issues has made it the leading choice for teaching criminal procedure.

The book covers such topics as:

  • Arrest, search and seizure
  • Right to counsel
  • Digital surveillance
  • Police interrogation and confessions
  • Undercover investigations
  • Lineups and other Pre-Trial Identification Procedures
  • Grand jury investigation

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 06/19/2019

Yale Kamisar, University of Michigan Law School

Wayne R. LaFave, University of Illinois College of Law

Jerold H. Israel, University of Michigan Law School

Nancy J. King, Vanderbilt University Law School

Orin S. Kerr, University of CA-Berkeley School of Law

Eve Brensike Primus, University of Michigan Law School


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Note: Chapters listed include those in compiled edition and other topical spin-off title.

Chapter 1

  • Empirical picture section revised to add new data
Chapter 3
  • Updated materials and scholarly commentary on racial profiling, new section on misdemeanors, new section discussing different remedies of government misconduct (in addition to the exclusionary rule), new section on police department hiring and training practices
Chapter 5
    Section on counsel/client control revised in light of McCoy
Chapter 9
  • This chapter is completely revamped and updated with lower court case law and recent commentary including (a) a new section on the problem of false confessions, (b) additional commentary on the nature of prophylactic rules and constitutional common law; (c) new commentary on the custody requirement post-Howes v. Fields, (d) lower court explication of the Innis interrogation standard, the routine booking exception, and the public safety exception; (e) lower court splits on the Duckworth v. Eagan adequacy of timeless Miranda warnings; (f) updated case law and scholarly commentary on when Miranda waivers are knowing, intelligent, and voluntary; (g) updated compilations of video and audiotaping requirements at the state and local levels; (h) updated lower court case law and scholarly commentary about the Miranda invocation requirements; (i) updated lower court case law and scholarly commentary about the scope of Massiah protections post-Patterson and Montejo; (j) additional scholarly commentary about the scope of the voluntariness doctrine; and (k) an explanation of the different approaches to police training on how to obtain confessions and scholarly discussion about different forms of police training.
Chapter 10
  • Updated lower court decisions, statutory developments, and scholarly commentary about how to avoid mistaken eyewitness identifications
Chapter 11
  • Total revision to focus on constitutional issues raise in investigation by subpoena (grand jury and other), including analysis of Carpenter; revision of material on decryption and self-incrimination in light of lower court cases
Chapter 12
  • (a) Discussion of Byrd v. United States addressing whether unauthorized drivers of rental cars have standing to object to a search of the car; (b) discussion of how the revival of trespass doctrine affects the standing inquiry; (c) inclusion of Utah v. Strieff addressing when discovery of an outstanding arrest warrant breaks the causal chain between an illegal stop and the subsequent discovery of contraband during a search incident to arrest.
Chapter 15
  • Revision of Section 4 in light of City of Hays (10th Cir. & S.Ct.)
Chapter 17
  • Revision of conviction reversal note in light of lower court rulings;
Chapter 21
  • Various revisions in light of developments in state court rules.
Chapter 23
  • New discussion of the impeachment of verdicts for race-bias after Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado, new developments in jury selection, updates on the demise of non-unanimity in Louisiana, and a discussion of the Court’s decision on judicial impartiality in Williams v. Pennsylvania
Chapter 25
  • A newly added section on the right to a public trial, as well as new material on confrontation and the right to testify, including the Court’s decision in Ohio v. Clark.
Chapter 27
  • A new subsection on financial sanctions and penal debt in misdemeanor cases, incorporation of the new Model Penal Code: Sentencing, the Court’s decision in Buck v. Davis, and developments in sentencing reform.
Chapter 28
  • New material on harmless error, waiver of the right to appeal, and plain error, including the Court’s decisions in Class v. United States, Rosales-Mireles v. United States, and Weaver v. Massachusetts.

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