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By Thomas J. Gardner, Terry M. Anderson

With this variation of legal legislation, Gardner and Anderson proceed their culture of mixing first-class assurance of present matters with an available writing variety and research system--making this article your first selection for construction a pragmatic knowing of complicated criminal themes. The textual content deals entire assurance of the problems and rules riding American felony justice this day, with a presentation of instances, governmental studies, stories, and information experiences that help instead of weigh down your studying.

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Many states classify felonies and misdemeanors as class A, class B, and so forth. In this way, punishment can be standardized: a class B felony is generally a twenty-year felony; a class C felony is a ten-year felony, and so on (see the following section “Felony and Misdemeanor”). ■ According to the harm or wrong that occurs (see individual state criminal codes for classifications of crime, such as “crimes against the person” or “crimes against property”). Quality-of-Life Crimes and the Broken Window Theory Many veteran law enforcement officers subscribe to the broken window or quality-of-life theory of crime.

The importance of the law behind the law is that it compels most people to conform to standards necessary for public order regardless of whether a police officer is watching them. Public order is not possible without the law behind the law, because not enough police officers are available to enforce criminal law without this moral and ethical backing. The standards set by moral laws are generally higher than those set by criminal laws. Moral law attempts to perfect personal character, whereas criminal law, in general, is aimed at misbehavior that falls substantially below the norms of the community.

The statute defined “deviate” sexual intercourse as including contact between genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of another. The Court held the statute violated the Due Process Clause because it deprived the defendants of their liberty interest under the Fourteenth Amendment: “The State cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime. ” In doing so, the Court reversed the decision reached in Bowers v. S. 186 (1986), which upheld a Georgia sodomy statute.

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