Criminal Law by Guyora BinderCriminal Law by Guyora Binder

Criminal Law

byGuyora Binder

Paperback | August 3, 2016

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Many controversies in American criminal law reflect the tension between older and newer conceptions of the purposes of punishment. The English common law of crimes was centrally concerned with suppressing vengeance and asserting royal authority. Thus it enforced a royal peace by conditioningpunishment on unauthorized force and harm to particular victims. The development of American criminal law has been the story of the emergence of this utilitarianism of criminal offending as the imposition of risk or the violation of consent, combined with culpability. This conception is reflected inthe Model Penal Code and many state codes. Yet understanding contemporary criminal law requires that we also remember the model of offending as trespass against sovereignty out of which it emerged. In The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Criminal Law, Guyora Binder reviews the development of American criminal law and explains its key concepts and persistent controversies in light of its history. These key concepts include retribution and prevention as purposes of punishment; the requirementsof a criminal act and a culpable mental state; criteria of causal responsibility; modes of violating consent; doctrines of attribution of liability for incomplete offenses, including attempt, conspiracy and complicity; and defenses of justification and excuse.
Guyora Binder is Distinguished Professor, Hodgson Russ Faculty Scholar, and Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Development at SUNY Buffalo Law School. He was previously a law clerk to federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Stanford, and a visiting professor at the law schools of the Universit...
Title:Criminal LawFormat:PaperbackDimensions:418 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 3, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"From his many decades as an active scholar and an effective teacher Guyora Binder has given us a concise tour of the highlights of American criminal law. His conversational tone is ideal for introducing students to the subject and showing just how enormously interesting the subject can be." --Paul H. Robinson, Colin S. Diver Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School