Much of the work of the modern law enforcement officer in-volves gathering evidence that is admissible in court. Success in this effort requires a thorough knowledge of courts and the rules of evidence. Collection and presentation of legal evidence is the foundation of justice, and the manner in which these objectives are attained may seriously affect the life, liberty, and property of others, as well as the reputation of the officers and the agencies they represent. Officers have the responsibility to collect all available evidence in a lawful manner, recognizing that their duty is to secure conviction of the guilty and exoneration of the innocent.
In developing the book, the authors draw from a unique blend of experience as attorney, judge, legal writer, prosecu-tor, appellate advocate, police officer, criminal investigator, administrator, and teacher.
For the practitioner and the student of criminal justice, this book clearly and concisely presents the rules of evidence that guide the enforcement of criminal law in its two most important stages--investigation and trial.
1. The Criminal Justice System.
2. The American Court System.
3. Arrests, Searches, and Seizures.
4. Interrogations, Confessions, and Nontestimonial Evi-dence.
5. Pretrial Procedures.
6. Discovery and Privileged Communications.
7. Prosecution and Defense.
8. The Trial.
9. Rules of Evidence.
10. Examination of Witnesses.
11. Articles and Exhibits of Evidence.
12. Opinion Evidence.
13. Hearsay Evidence.
14. The Jury Process and Verdict.
Appendix A. Rules of Evidence for United States Courts and Magistrates
Special Features of the Book
A complete glossary of terms
A thorough index to topics covered
Appendix on rules of evidence
Instructor s Guide on CD-ROM
A CD-ROM with 15 lesson outlines and test banks for each chapter will be sent to adopting instructors. The test banks include 25 multiple-choice questions with answer keys and topics for classroom discussion or essay questions.