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Resources available at LaValley Law Library relating to the area of Criminal Law


"The body of law defining offenses against the community at large, regulating how suspects are investigated, charged, and tried, and establishing punishments for convicted offenders. " CRIMINAL LAW, Black's Law Dictionary (11th ed. 2019)


  • Introduction: Setting the Stage
    • Nature, Sources, and Limits of Criminal Law
    • Criminal Law in a Procedural Context: Pre-Trial
    • Criminal Law in a Procedural Context: Trial by Jury
    • Proof of Guilt at Trial
    • Jury Nullification
  • Principles of Punishment
  • Actus Reus
    • Voluntary Acts
    • Omissions
    • Social Harm
  • Mens Rea
    • Nature of Mens Rea
    • Issues in Proving Culpability 
    • Strict Liability
    • Mistake and Mens Rea
  • Causation
    • Actual Cause
    • Proximate Cause
    • Concurrence of the Elements
  • Criminal Homicide
    • Intentional Killings 
    • Unintentional Killings: Unjustified Risk-Taking
    • Unintentional Killings: Unlawful Conduct
    • Capital Murder
  • Rape and Sexual Offenses
  • Defenses to Crime
    • Categories of Defenses
    • Burden of Proof
  • Inchoate Offenses
    • Attempt
    • Solicitation
    • Conspiracy 
  • Liability for Conduct of Another
    • Accomplice Liability
    • Conspiracy Liability
    • Vicarious Liability
    • Corporate Liability
  • Theft
    • Larceny
    • Embezzlement
    • False Pretenses
    • Mail, Wire, Computer Fraud

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