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Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice

Front Cover - Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice

Tina M. Fielding Fryling
Mercyhurst University

2014. 636 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-0304-1. With Teacher’s Manual.

About the Book

Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice presents the constitutional provisions most directly related to criminal law, demonstrating their daily impact on the attitudes, capabilities, events, and responses of legal professional in policing, courtrooms, and federal agencies. The U.S. Constitution guides ever facet of the investigation of crime and of threats to public safety and national security, and to further readers' understanding of the nature of these procedures, this book examines both the Constitution's relevant provisions and the central developments in their interpretation by the Supreme Court and other U.S. courts.


•Accessible coverage of incorporation and the application of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as the First and Second Amendments as they relate to crime and criminal justice.

•Open-ended scenarios, based on actual cases, that allow students to explore situations they will need to think through and act in every day as members of the criminal justice system working amid layers of scrutiny and changing laws and interpretation.

•An author, an experienced professor of constitutional law in criminal justice and practitioner in a private criminal law practice and as a public defender in the appellate division, who brings actual criminal court experience to the page.

•Emphasis on the practical application of the constitutional law for those working in the criminal justice system, using samples of the actual court and police documents, such as warrant application and criminal complaint. 

•Is accompanied by a Teacher's Manual that offers suggestions on expanding the discussion beyond what is included in the book, as well as sample syllabi, test bank questions and answers, and other learning materials.

Preface / Sample Chapters