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American Bar Association Division for Public Education
http://www.abanet.org/publiced/practical/criminal/home.html
The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Division for Public Education Web site provides basic information about criminal law in question-and-answer format. Subjects included discuss: how civil and criminal law differ; what a citation is; what distinguishes a misdemeanor from a felony; and the standard of proof in a criminal case. Information is divided into five sections:
(1) Basics of Criminal Law
(2) The Police and Your Rights
(3) Rules on Search and Seizure
(4) Juvenile Criminal Cases
(5) Victims’ Rights
(Last checked 05/27/10)

AELE Law Library
List of Police and Public Safety Law Materials
http://www.aele.org/mstrlist.html
Annotations, articles, books/ booklets, catalogs, law review articles/ notes, and reports gathered by Americans for Effective Law Enforcment.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Buffalo Criminal Law Center
http://wings.buffalo.edu/law/bclc/resource.htm
Sponsors a Web portal of online law resources featuring criminal law information from around the world as well as in the United States. Countries are listed in alphabetical order starting with Argentina, Australia and Austria. Some countries, such as Finland, link to Penal Codes in English and others, such as Italy and Peru, provide the information in the country's primary language. The listings are sparse for some countries, and while the titles of the sites usually say it all annotation would occasionally help. Information from the United States includes Federal Materials such as the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Federal Rules of Evidence. It also includes Congressional materials as well as links to Federal and State Courts. Each state has a link to its criminal procedure codes and enforcement codes. The University of Oklahoma provides the criminal codes of the American Indian Nations. The Buffalo Criminal Law Center also has models of criminal codes and code drafts along with International Criminal Law and Criminology links. Lots of stuff here on one easy-to- nav page. Worth a look.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Clemency Law
http://www.llrx.com/features/clemencylaw.htm
Ken Strutin's article surveys select online resources for seeking clemency as well as guides and research materials on the administration of this important form of relief. Article appearing in LLRX, May 29, 2007.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Constitutional Guide to the Use of Cellmate Informants
http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cri19.htm
Article by Kimberly A. Crawford, FBI Academy Legal Instructor, courtesy of 'Lectric Law Library.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Cornell Criminal Law Overview
http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/criminal.html
An overview of criminal law with links to key primary and secondary sources. Courtesy of the Cornell University Legal Information Institute.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Crime & Consequences Blog
http://www.crimeandconsequences.com/crimblog/
This blog discusses criminal law topics including: notable federal and state cases, new studies on criminal justice policies, and other news. The editorial viewpoint of this site is “from the perspective of victims of crime and the law-abiding public.” The blog is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Criminal Code and Procedure: State by State
http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/state_statutes2.html#criminal_code
Courtesy of the Cornell University Legal Information Institute.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Criminal Defense Investigation
http://www.llrx.com/features/criminaldefense.htm
Ken Strutin's comprehensive, detailed guide highlights selected online resources describing defense investigation standards and practices, training and certification options, as well as useful guides and educational materials. Article appearing in LLRX, January 21, 2008.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Criminal History Investigations: The Key To Locking Up The Repeat Offender
http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cjs11.htm
Article by Arthur L. Bowker, from FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, October 1995? courtesy of 'Lectric Law Library.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Criminal Justice Blogs
http://www.llrx.com/features/criminaljusticeblogs.htm
A collection of criminal justice blogs of interest to lawyers by Ken Strutin, Published in LIRX on December 17, 2006.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Criminal Justice Resources: Prisoners' Rights and Resources on the Web
http://www.llrx.com/features/prisonersrights.htm
Ken Strutin, LLRX, November 3, 2006.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Criminal Law: Legal and Financial Center
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/tc/bolotin/resourcecenter/resources/cl.html
Courtesy of Columbia University.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Criminal Law Resources: Criminal Defense Investigation
http://www.llrx.com/features/criminaldefense.htm
Investigation is a cornerstone of criminal defense work. See Part IV Investigation and Preparation in ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Prosecution and Defense Function (3rd ed 1993). And the role of the investigator is central to every important step in the process from case preparation to post-conviction challenges. This article aims to highlight select online resources describing defense investigation standards and practices, training and certification options, and to point out some useful guides and educational materials. Article by Ken Strutin, LLRX, January 21, 2008.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Criminal Law Resources: False Confessions
http://www.llrx.com/features/falseconfessions.htm
In the Innocence Project's series Understand the Causes, they point out that "[i]n more than 25% of DNA exoneration cases, innocent defendants made incriminating statements, delivered outright confessions or pled guilty." False Confessions (Innocence Project). This article surveys selected web-based resources and publications that shed light on the psychology and interrogation practices behind false confessions, as well as highlighting notable educational and bibliographic materials. Article by Ken Strutin, LLRX, November 24, 2007.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Criminal Law Resources: Fingerprint Evidence Challenges
http://www.llrx.com/features/fingerprintevidence.htm
In 1911, the first American court upheld a murder conviction based on fingerprint identification evidence. People v. Jennings, 252 Ill. 534. Nearly a hundred years later, confidence in that identification technique has been eroded by new research and litigation. See, e.g., Maryland v. Rose, No. K06-0545 (MD Cir. Ct. Oct. 19, 2007). See generally Ken Strutin, Criminal Law Forensics: Century of Acceptance May Be Over, New York Law Journal, Jan. 8, 2008, at 5, col. 1. Recent legal scholarship, forensic studies and Frye/Daubert hearings are adding to our understanding of the nature and limits of this commonly used identification method. The new picture that is emerging will impact the administration of justice and sound a tocsin as we move into the era of biometrics. This article is a collection of select resources published on the web concerning the reliability and admissibility of fingerprint evidence. Links to guides, standards and related materials are listed to provide some background on the processes and application of this identification technique. Article by Ken Strutin, LLRX, April 4, 2008.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Criminal Justice Resources: Sex Offender Laws
http://www.llrx.com/features/sexoffenderlaws.htm
Ken Strutin's guide, which highlights key publications and resources, focuses on recent developments in the administration and implementation of federal laws. In addition, selected research on sex offenses, risk assessment, treatment and punishment are noted, along with a section on the new Adam Walsh Act. Article by Ken Strutin, LLRX, September 28, 2007
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Criminal Procedure: An Overview
http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/criminal_procedure.html
An overview of criminal procedure law with links to key primary and secondary sources. Courtesy of the Cornell University Legal Information Institute.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Deadly Force: A Question of Necessity
http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cjs04.htm
Article by John C. Hall, FBI Academy Legal Instructor, courtesy of 'Lectric Law Library.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Death Penalty
http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/death_penalty
Courtesy of the Cornell Law School.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Defining Evil: Depravity Scale for Today's Courts
http://www.depravityscale.org/
Article by Michael Welner appearing first in the Forensic Echo, May 1998.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

False Confessions
http://www.llrx.com/features/falseconfessions.htm
Ken Strutin's article surveys selected web-based resources and publications that shed light on the psychology and interrogation practices behind false confessions, as well as highlighting notable educational and bibliographic materials. Article appearing in LLRX, November 24, 2007
(Last checked 05/27/10)

FindLaw Criminal Law Topics
http://www.findlaw.com/01topics/09criminal/index.html
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Findlaw Prisoner Rights and Resources
http://public.findlaw.com/civil-rights/more-civil-rights-topics/institutionalized-persons-discrimination-more/prisoners.html
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Fingerprint Evidence Challenges
http://www.llrx.com/features/fingerprintevidence.htm
Ken Strutin's article includes selected resources published on the web concerning the reliability and admissibility of fingerprint evidence. Links to guides, standards and related materials are listed to provide some background on the processes and application of this identification technique. Article appearing in LLRS, April 4, 2008.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Good Faith: Police Reliance on Computerized Info
http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cjs09.htm
An article by Gary L. Gerszewski, FBI Academy Legal Instructor courtesy of 'Lectric Law Library.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Handcuffing the Cops: A Thirty-Year Perspective on Miranda's Harmful Effects on Law Enforcement
http://web.archive.org/web/20050630074718/
www.law.utah.edu/faculty/websites/cassellp/STANFIN.html

Article by Paul Cassell and Richard Fowles, University of Utah College of Law, 1998.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

HierosGamos Criminal Law Page
http://www.hg.org/crime.html
(Last checked 05/27/10)

International Criminal Law: A Selective Resource Guide
http://www.llrx.com/features/int_crim.htm
By Marylin J. Raisch and Gail Partin, LLRX, October 16, 2000.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

International Criminal Law: ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources
http://www.asil.org/resource/crim1.htm
Gail Partin. American Society of International Law.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Invoking the Miranda Right to Counsel: The Defendant's Burden
http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cri13.htm
An article by Kimberly A. Crawford, FBI Academy legal instructor courtesy of 'Lectric Law Library.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

JURIST Criminal Law Subject Guide
http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/sg_crim.htm
Courtesy of Jurist: The Legal Education Network.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Miranda v. Arizona
http://supreme.findlaw.com/documents/miranda.html
"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law." These words, familiar to nearly all Americans, come from the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Miranda v. Arizona (1966). The Supreme Court is currently revisiting Miranda in Dickerson v. U.S. This article gives a fuller understanding of the issues involved. Dickerson v. U.S. could prove to be a major turning point in the law of criminal procedure. The article includes useful links to relevant cases, code sections, and articles on the efficacy of, and justifications for, the Miranda warning. Source: Findlaw's Constitutional Law Center Focus on the Fifth.
(Kast checked 05/27/10)

Prisoner's Rights
http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/prisoners_rights
Courtesy of the Cornell Law School.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Prisoner's Rights
http://libraryguides.law.pace.edu/prisoners
A gateway to information on prisoners' rights, including federal, state, and international primary and secondary sources, in print and online, with a particular focus on special populations and topical issues. Courtesy of the Pace Law School in New York.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Reversible Errors, 1995-2000
http://www.federaldefenders.org/revr_errors_2000.pdf
This website offers recent federal circuit cases won by criminal defendants organized into 83 topics from warrantless searches to resentencing. Its goal is to help you quickly find an argument and supporting case law to help your client. It's provided by Alexander Bunin of the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Northern New York and Vermont.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Searching for Evil:
An Examination of the Nature of Evil and Its Persistence in the American Legal System
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/evil/evilhome.html
Courtesy of Doug Linder, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Resources
http://www.michbar.org/generalinfo/libraries/criminallaw.cfm
(Last checked 05/27/10)

Update to International Criminal Law: A Selective Resource Guide
http://www.llrx.com/features/int_crim2.htm
Marylin J. Raisch and Gail Partin. LLRX. October 15, 2001.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

White-Collar Crime
http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/white-collar_crime
Courtesy of the Cornell Law School.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

10 Reasons to Oppose "3 Strikes, You're Out"
http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cri01.htm
An American Civil Liberties Union BRIEFER courtesy of 'Lectric Law Library.
(Last checked 05/27/10)

 

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