The Crime Junkie's Guide to Criminal Law
From Law and Order to Laci Peterson
Historically, prime-time television has devoted at least one-third of its programming to crime. The extreme popularity of crime shows continues unabated. From Law & Order to CSI, Americans are riveted by crime TV. Court TV and other cable channels produce true crime series, too, that take viewers through both current crimes and trials and cold cases. Yet, despite efforts in these shows to depict real investigative and legal techniques, chances are, viewers have questions about criminal procedure, legal issues, and related concerns. For instance, why do police get angry when a suspect just asks for a lawyer? Or, what's the difference between being an accomplice to a crime and being a conspirator? The Crime Junkie's Guide to Criminal Law is written specifically for the millions of crime junkies who make up the audiences for the variety of crime dramas, both real and fictional, that blaze across our screens night after night.
Offers an entertaining introduction to the intricacies of criminal law through examples from both real life and popular prime-time crime television.
Writing for the "crime junkies" who make up the audience for fictional and nonfictional television crime dramas, Silver, a former Assistant US Attorney, draws on actual trials as well as plots and characters from popular TV shows to illustrate issues in criminal law, such as degrees of murder, the defense of intoxication, search warrants, insanity pleas, and the purposes of pretrial hearings. He offers concise, entertaining explanations of everything readers need to know to appreciate crime stories and understand how criminal law really works. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Westport, CT : Praeger, 2008
x, 198 p. ; 24 cm