Criminal Law and Procedure by II John M. Scheb, John M. Scheb

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Two-house) institutions, with the exception of Nebraska, which has a unicameral legislature. In adopting statutes, they all follow the same basic procedures. When state legislatures adopt statutes, they are published in volumes known as session laws. Then statutes are integrated into state codes. Lawyers make frequent use of annotated versions of state codes. These are available at law school libraries, and often at local law libraries, to those who wish to see how state statutes have been interpreted and applied by the state courts.

Const. Amend. S. Const. Amend. VI. Of course, the courts are primarily responsible for “fleshing out” the general principles of criminal procedure contained in the federal and state constitutions by deciding specific cases presented to them. Also, by adopting statutes, the Congress and the state legislatures provide more detailed rules in this area. The Role of Courts in Developing the Criminal Law Although substantive law and procedural criminal law are often modified by federal and state statutes, courts play an equally important role in the development of law.

It is only necessary to show that the individual intentionally committed a prohibited act. An unintentional act is usually not a crime, although, as we will discover, there are exceptions to this principle. Moreover, in certain instances, one may be held criminally responsible irrespective of intent. Crimes of this latter nature are classified as strict liability offenses. CHAPTER 1 Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure ■ 5 A good example of a strict liability offense is selling liquor to a minor.

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