Bobby Marzine Harges and Gaynell Williams
Louisiana Criminal Law: Cases and Materials, second edition is a textbook designed for use in the basic Criminal Law course taught in a law school or an undergraduate program in Criminal Justice. The text includes cases from the state of Louisiana and statutes from the Louisiana Criminal Code. The format of this book is a combination of Louisiana criminal cases, statutes, comments and questions. Each chapter of the book begins with an introduction to the basic principles and crimes that will be discussed in the chapter followed by questions and comments. The cases have been selected because they reflect the issues of major importance regarding basic concepts of criminal law as interpreted by the Louisiana Supreme Court and Louisiana appellate courts. Selected provisions of the Louisiana Criminal Code are included in the Appendix.
The questions at the end of the cases should assist students in developing their analytical skills and understanding of criminal law. The cases and statutory appendix should provide students with all the information they need to successfully answer the questions. The questions should assist in promoting relevant classroom discussions.
After an introductory chapter discussing general principles contained in the Louisiana Criminal Code, the text contains chapters on the guilty mind including criminal intent and criminal negligence followed by chapters on justification and excuse including insanity, intoxication, self-defense, defense of property and defense of others; parties to crime and inchoate crimes; homicide; assault and battery; sexual offenses; kidnapping; arson; burglary; theft and robbery.
Bobby Marzine Harges is the Adams and Reese Distinguished Professor of Law II at Loyola University New Orleans where he has taught criminal law and criminal procedure since 1995. He received a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Gaynell Williams is the First Assistant District Attorney at the Orleans Parish, Louisiana District Attorney's Office. She received a B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans and a J.D. from Tulane Law School. After law school she served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Paperback, 851 pages