Criminal Law: Cases and Materials

68 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2013

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Cynthia Lee

George Washington University Law School

Angela P. Harris

University of California, Davis - King Hall School of Law

Date Written: 2009


This casebook addresses the fundamental topic of criminal law. It examines how various justifications define their criminal offenses, as well as the basic elements common to crimes in the Anglo-American tradition. This casebook includes extensive discussion of the elements of, and defenses against, particular crimes such as murder, rape, and burglary.

The authors also examine criminal law’s role within the American legal system. In doing so, the casebook introduces readers to the interplay between criminal law and issues of morality. As such, the authors approach criminal law as a system of cultural meaning, and more specifically, Anglo-American criminal law as a reflection of Anglo-American moral culture.

Keywords: criminal law, sources of criminal law, moral culture, American legal system, Anglo-American tradition, rape, murder, burglary, law & order, aims of criminal law, Anglo-American moral culture

JEL Classification: K14, K10, K40

Suggested Citation

Lee, Cynthia and Harris, Angela P., Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (2009). CRIMINAL LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS, 2d Ed., 2009; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-37; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-37. Available at SSRN:

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Angela P. Harris

University of California, Davis - King Hall School of Law ( email )

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