California Criminal Law, 3rd Ed. is a comprehensive casebook on California criminal law. This casebook is for professors who emphasize case analysis and black letter law over legal theory. Thus, the book is practical and practice-focused. The book includes many cases to help first year students master the art of case briefing. As well, the book has many problems that challenge students to apply the law. The problems are well suited for class discussion. Most students appreciate the focus on California law. The book prepares students for internships in DA and PD offices. The book is designed to prepare students for criminal law questions on the bar exam. Although the emphasis is California law, the book prepares students for the multistate bar examination by covering the principles of criminal law tested on the multistate exam. Thus, the book prepares students for the bar in other states. Because California is not a Model Penal Code state, and because the MPC is not tested on the bar, the book places less emphasis than many casebooks on the MPC. For a number of topics, the book compares the MPC approach to California law.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 08/14/2019
Related Subject(s): State Practice And Procedure

John E.B. Myers, Temple University School of Law


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Page 80, a new problem is added on transferred intent, based on People v. Robbing (2018) 19 Cal. App. 5th 660, 228 Cal. Rptr. 3d 468.

Chapter 5, on Murder, is expanded by including many more California Penal Code sections on murder and manslaughter, including Section 190.2, outlining special circumstances.

A new problem is added to the Problems on Voluntary Manslaughter, p. 142, based on a decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Commonwealth v. Rivera (2019) 482 Mass 259.

The Third Edition expands coverage of Assault and Battery, Criminal Threats, and Kidnapping, and places these materials in Chapter 5.

Chapter 6 focuses on rape and other sex offenses. A new problem is added (p. 183) based on Commonwealth v. Prado (2018) 94 Mass. App. Ct. 253, 113 N.E.3d 365.

Chapter 8, p. 272 contains problems on Attempted Murder. A new problem is added, based on People v. Tran (2018) 20 Cal. App. 5th 561, 229 Cal. Rptr. 3d 152.

Chapter 10, on property crimes, adds a new problem on false pretenses, based on Terrell v. State (2018) 237 So. 3d 717.

Throughout the third edition, new cases (2018-2019) are cited in existing text.

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