Unit 1-Chapter 1

The Basics of Crime 

Criminal Law Basics Short articles explaining the basics of criminal law.
What Is a Crime? More basics on crime. (Nolo Press)
Felonies vs. Misdemeanors: What’s the Difference?
Villainy and Felony: A Problem Concerning Criminalization A law review article by Leo Katz on what should and should not be criminalized. (Buffalo Criminal Law Review)
The Trial of William Penn (1670) Short explanation and excerpt from the trial.
Trial of William Penn The court transcript. (Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas)

Elements of a Crime

How to Interpret Criminal Statutes Explanation of how to look at elements of crimes. (Nolo Press)
Defendant’s Mental State How a defendant’s mental state affects his or her responsibility for a crime. (Nolo Press)
Wikipedia: Crime A good overview and links to specific crimes.
FindLaw: Crimes A to Z Definitions of many common crimes. Also has links to state and federal laws for many crimes.

Murder Most Foul

Wikipedia: Homicide An overview and links to specific types of homicide.
California Homicide Statutes The various sections on murder and manslaughter.
Missouri Homicide Statutes

No Honor Among Thieves

Wikipedia: Theft Overview and links to specific theft crimes. See also the category Theft.
NCJRS: Theft Publications and links from the federal government. (National Criminal Justice Reference Service)
Theft Crimes in GA Succinct definitions of many different kinds of theft crimes punishable by the Georgia state code. (Georgia Defenders)
Receiving Stolen Property The definition of the crime under Mississippi law.

Hate Crimes

PBS Online NewsHour: The Hate Crimes Question A report discussing the issues surrounding hate crimes, including the line where free speech ends and hate crimes begin.
Wikipedia: Hate Crime Overview with links.
Hate Crimes Q&A (Council on Foreign Relations)
Wikipedia: Hate Crime
A Policymaker’s Guide to Hate Crimes Report explaining the nation’s hate crime problem and providing an overview of the current response to hate crimes by law enforcement, government agencies, and civil rights’ groups. (Bureau of Justice Assistance)
Hate Crimes Congressional testimony and briefings, official correspondence, and position papers. (American Psychological Association)
Combating Hate Site advocating sentence-enhancement legislation for crimes motivated by hate and bias. (Anti-Defamation League)
Hate Crimes Reported by Victims and Police Information on hate crimes reported to the National Crime Victimization Survey. (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
Hate Crime Statistics The FBI’s annual report. (Uniform Crime Reports)
Hate Crime in California An annual report. (California Attorney General)
NCJRS: Hate Crime Publications and links from the federal government. (National Criminal Justice Reference Service)
NCJRS: In the Spotlight: Hate Crimes Facts & figures, legislation, publications, programs, and related resources.
Southern Poverty Law Center:

Hatewatch Up-to-date news on hate crimes.
Tolerance.org Resources for stamping out bigotry.

Yahoo Directory: Hate Crimes
Google Directory: Hate Crimes
Hate Crimes Research Links Extensive link collection. (Department of Sociology, Portland State University)
R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul (1992) U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a city’s hate-crime ordinance.
Virginia v. Black (2003) U.S. Supreme Court decision on laws against cross burnings.
Wisconsin v. Mitchell (1993) U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Wisconsin’s hate-crime penalty-enhancement law.
U.S. v. Lopez (1995) In this decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, ruling that the act “exceeds Congress’ Commerce Clause authority.”
U.S. v. Morrison (2000) In this decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down 42 U.S.C. § 13981, which provides a federal civil remedy for the victims of gender-motivated violence.


Cybercrime.gov Information on computer and intellectual property crime. (Department of Justice)
Wikipedia: Computer Crime
FindLaw: Computer Crime: Web Sites Links to numerous web pages addressing the issue of cybercrime.
E-Commerce & the Internet Links to several publications on e-commerce and the Internet. (Federal Trade Commission)
The Electronic Frontier: The Challenge of Unlawful Conduct Involving the Use of the Internet (2000) Report of the President’s Working Group on Unlawful Conduct on the Internet.
NCJRS: Electronic Crime Publications and links from the federal government. (National Criminal Justice Reference Service)
Computer Crime Related Links
Cybrary Links to sites on Internet security.
Cyber Crime Law A blog on cybercrime with articles archived in categories.
BeSpacific: Cybercrime Archives from another legal blog.
Online Shopping Tips Advice on how to avoid fraud while shopping online. (BBBOnline)
Safeshopping.org An aid to help customers order safely while shopping online. (American Bar Association)
Internet Fraud Complaint Center Statistical data Internet fraud and a place to file complaints.
Model State Computer Crimes Code A model code. (Professors Susan Brenner and Rebecca Cochran, University of Dayton School of Law)
Yahoo Directory: Computer and Internet Crime



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