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Unformatted text preview: Written Sources of American Criminal Law Sources of Criminal Law in the US includes: o The U.S. Constitution and the Constitutions of various states o Statutes (laws) and ordinances passed by Congress and state legislatures o Regulations, created by regulatory agencies such as the federal Food and Drug Administration o Case law (court decisions) Model Penal code- makes consistencies between all state and federal laws Criminal Law serves 2 basic functions: o Protect &amp; Punish legal function of law Maintain social order by protecting citizens from criminal harm Includes harms to society and/or individuals o Maintain &amp; Teach social function of law Expressing public morality Teaching social boundaries Criminal law normally requires that the Corpus Delicti ( body of the crime) be proved before a person can be convinced of wrongdoing Corpus Delicti consists of the basic elements of crime:...
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- Spring '07
- Criminal Justice