Criminal law fall 2009

Criminal law fall 2009 - The Foundations of Law...

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The Foundations of Law Essential elements of American Criminal Law Code of Hamarabie – Lex Talionis Mosaic Code - Israelites  Judeo-Christian Roots Common Agreement English Common Law
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A common Purpose Judges travel within a circuit Depend on Tradition Foundation is Precedent Stare Decisis Stand on decided cases In United States all cases are bound by the U. S. Constitution Beneath the Constitution are local legislative enactments Grounded in Federalism - Binding Authorities
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Putting it on paper Common law follows verbal tradition Sources of Law        Federal  AND  Local States and Municipalities  Constitutions        Statutes  passed at federal and state level        Administrative Laws        Case Law – What has gone before (Stare Decisis)
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Constitutional Law Laws put into place as the organizing set of understandings                       Articulate rights and privileges Federal Constitution specification of rights of all citizens State constitutions are applicable within the state
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