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Introduction to Criminal Evidence and Court Procedure

NCJ Number
J R Hanley; W W Schmidt; R K Robbins
Date Published
395 pages
Designed for one-semester or two-quarter undergraduate courses, this book presents rules of evidence that govern criminal law enforcement in investigations and trials.
Chapters on general criminal procedures discuss the American court system, prosecution, and pretrial and trial procedures. Following a review of general evidentiary considerations, a chapter reviews evidentiary law pertaining to arrests, searches, and seizures. Another chapter explains evidentiary law pertaining to interrogations and confessions, eyewitness identification, and other nontestimonial evidence (blood and breath samples and other physiological measurements). A discussion of discovery and privileged communications is followed by a chapter on the examination, answers, impeachment, and cross-examination of witnesses. Separate chapters cover opinion evidence and hearsay evidence. An overview of articles and exhibits of evidence covers routine physical evidence, scientific evidence, and the preservation and custody of evidence. A chapter on sentencing addresses the sentencing role, judicial discretion, sentencing disparity, and the presentence investigation. Chapter summaries, appended rules of evidence for U.S. courts and magistrates, glossary, table of cases, and subject index.