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121. Evidence Under the Rules: Text, Cases, and Problems (Casebook Series)
by Christopher B. Mueller, Laird C. Kirkpatrick
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-30)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars really 2 1/2 stars...not the best text I have come across
Out of all the texts I have read and used in my first two years of law school, this is one I would rank on the lower end.

First of all, I recognize the fact that it is a difficult job trying to put together a comprehensive study of evidence. It contains some of the law's more difficult areas including hearsay and character evidence, both of which could be (and are) multi-volume studies unto themselves. That being said, I encountered more than a few problems with this book having nothing to do with the topic.

The case selections are standard, most were on point as far as I can recall. The real problems came in the case notes and explanatory sections. I found myself having to refer to my hornbook again and again in an effort to find some lucid passages on the topic. Instead of explaining in plain terms how the evidentiary rule works, they rely on the cases. Where there are such explanatory sections, they are often far too short for such complicated topics. However, the book's most glaring fault comes from its treatment of the post-case note sections. For most, these passages are extremely important since they show how the law has evolved in the wake of the preceding case. They also frequently offer guides to help the reader interpret the law as applied and give hints as to which points in the opinion have been the most influential. This book offers little in the way of such help, opting instead to ask open-ended questions. These questions quickly become aggravating and are almost totally useless as a learning tool. I realize that the law is not black and white, but there is such thing as a majority rule or prevailing law. I want to read something that I can hang my hat on; I don't want to read "How ought such a case be resolved?" Such questions are neither thought provoking nor helpful.

I also am not a fan of the entire Mueller/Kirkpatrick series. The books are smaller than most, which I like since law books tend to be a pain to carry around. However, smaller dimensions also mean smaller margins, which are difficult to take notes in. This annoyance outweighed the benefits of its size.

Overall, I think there are better evidence books out there. My professor apparently agreed since she announced at the end of the semester that she will be switching to a different text. ... Read more


122. Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina
by Peter Dale Scott
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Asin: 0742525228
Catlog: Book (2003-05)
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield (Non NBN)
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina is an eye-opening journey into the deep politics of U.S. intervention in developing and third-world nations. Scott illuminates the connection between American business interests and American foreign policy with a factual depth that leaves little room for doubt. Scott also documents the CIA involvement--often via drug proxies--in furthering covert American interests. The details and references contained within the text add immeasurably to what is already an incredibly valuable and insightful history. This book is essential reading for anyone looking to understand the motivation behind American foreign policy and the military conflicts that have arisen out of American business interests on foreign soil.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Truth that Hurts
Like veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, whom McCarthyites dubbed "prematurely anti-Fascist" for fighting against Franco during the Spanish Civil War, Peter Dale Scott has long been ahead of the pack on the parapolitical underpinnings of US foreign policy. Those desiring to catch up - and thereby plug the mega-gap between Bush II rhetoric and reality - will be wise to start by reading Scott's latest book, "Drugs, Oil and War." Though he focusses on Indochina, Colombia and Afghanistan, lessons Washington learned there - and forgot - are being retaught today in Iraq.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Analysis
Drugs, Oil, and War:

In this brilliant book, Peter Dale Scott shows how since World War Two the CIA has recurrently used drug-trafficking allies against its enemies in oil-rich areas of the Third World, and how this has contributed to a staggering increase in the global drug traffic. He traces this practice back to the surprising connection in 1950 between the responsible CIA officer and Meyer Lansky's chief money-laundering bank. He warns that America's recent restoration of the drug traffic in Afghanistan will help fuel an increased wave of terrorism in the region and the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be deceived
The previous 'reviewer' must be regarded as somewhat suspect, as his 1-star review attacks the book on the basis of a spelling error I did not come across when reading the book. In fact, this book is highly recommended, particularly for those new to the field of CIA geostrategy & covert shenanigans as they relate to energy resources & the drug trade.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too much rehashing of old material
Peter Dale Scott is a highly regarded author with a long history of outstanding work. To this end, I bought this book because of my strong interest in Colombia and was attracted by the title of the book, "Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina." I would have never bothered to buy this book if I knew that nearly half of it is a rehash of Scott's 1972 publication, "The War Conspiracy: The Secret Road to the Second Indochina War."

Part I, "Afghanistan, Heroin, and Oil (2002) and Part II, "Colombia, Cocaine, and Oil (2001) is good. Scott makes some excellent observations about paramilitary relationships.
Moreover, he carefully explains how paramilitary forces in Afghanistan and Colombia are heavily involved in drug trafficking. Nevertheless, the narrative of this book is coated in left of center rhetoric...and as a political moderate I found some theories lacked intellectual merit. To his credit, Scott's provides professionally prepared footnotes and bibliography.

Bert Ruiz ... Read more


123. An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, Second Edition
by Norah Rudin, Keith Inman
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Asin: 0849302331
Catlog: Book (2001-12-21)
Publisher: CRC Press
Sales Rank: 125554
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Significant advances in DNA analysis techniques have surfaced since the 1997 publication of the bestselling An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis. DNA typing has become increasingly automated and miniaturized. Also, with the advent of Short Tandem Repeat (STR) technology, even the most minute sample of degraded DNA can yield a profile, providing valuable case information. However, just as the judicial system slowly and reluctantly accepted RFLP and AmpliType® PM+DQA1 typing, it is now scrutinizing the admissibility of STRs.Acknowledging STR typing as the current system of choice, An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, Second Edition translates new and established concepts into plain English so that laypeople can gain insight into how DNA analysis works, from sample collection to interpretation of results. In response to the shift toward more efficient techniques, the authors cover the legal admissibility of STR typing, expand the chapter on DNA databases, and revise the section on automated analysis. They also present key decisions and appellate or supreme court rulings that provide precedent at the state and federal levels.Discussing forensic DNA issues from both a scientific and a legal perspective, the authors of An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, Second Edition present the material in a manner understandable by professionals in the legal system, law enforcement, and forensic science. They cover general principles in a clear fashion and include a glossary of terms and other useful appendices for easy reference. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great intro for the beginner
Having left behind my interest in genetics in order to pursue tax accountancy, I've always been fascinated by accounts of DNA typing. This book provides a wonderful introduction that is accessible to even the novice geneticist like myself. Much of the information Rudin and Inman give is quite practical; with some help from a friend who works in a medical lab I was able to set up my own electrophoresis gels and PCR. A word of caution to the amateur, however: make sure you practice before drawing any conclusions from the "evidence." My wife, Amy, wouldn't speak to me for a week after I claimed that a stain on our bed linen did not match my DNA. It turned out that she had spilled some ice cream.

3-0 out of 5 stars vivid introduction to forensic genotyping techniques
Nice figures, photos, schemes, and U.S. tables; lively comparisons show that authors are good teachers. Though technical part of the book outdates fast necessarily (acronym SNP has not been coined in 1996 yet), it is a shame that an interpretation part of the book neglects the current knowledge. Bayes theorem is known since 1763 and, nevertheless, likelihood ratio is not even mentined in the book! Books of Evett and Weir or of Robertson and Vignaux cannot be substituted by this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any DNA criminalist or criminal lawyer
I have a BS in genetics and biochemistry and am looking to enter into a forensics lab. This book is an EXCELLENT resource for an entry-level criminalist, criminal lawyer, or the non-scientist interested in this topic. It was organized from basic genetics to higher-level interpretation issues and included tons of diagrams, pictures, and relevant case studies. This book did an outstanding job explaining complicated and detailed subject matter in an easy to understand and interesting matter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Attorney's Guide
As a practicing lawyer who earns a living in the criminal courts, I found this book an excellent and informative guide to this often problematic area. The authors introduce the subject in a way that is easy for the beginner to comprehend, but at the same time include sufficient detail to answer many of the most pressing problems facing a defence team in court.

5-0 out of 5 stars This showed an apt knowledge of DNA and it's life applicatio
This was an informative and comprehensive rewiew of typically boring material. I felt a new understanding of the topic of DNA. ... Read more


124. McCormick on Evidence (Hornbook Series; Student Edition)
by George E. Dix, Kenneth S. Brown, Edward J. Imwinkelried, Robert P. Mosteller, E. F. Roberts, John W. Strong, Kenneth S. Broun, D.H. Kaye
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: West Publishing Company
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This single-volume treatise is largely free of citations to authority, but retains the most notable footnotes. Topics covered include preparing and presenting evidence, cross-examination, and the procedure for admitting and excluding evidence. Discusses privilege against self-incrimination, privilege concerning improperly obtained evidence, scientific evidence, and demonstrative evidence. Reviews authentication, the hearsay rule, burdens of proof, and presumptions. Text also identifies current issues. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The best book on evidence
My professor suggested this book and deemed it the "Bible on Evidence". I bought it and it is. A great book that will clear up many of your questions. If you don't understand what your law professor is saying, this book will make it clearer. ... Read more


125. Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation for Non-Experts
by HowardSilverstone, MichaelSheetz
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-19)
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"A valuable resource for anybody interested in understanding how financial fraud occurs in an organization and what to do when it is found or suspected. While delivering comprehensive coverage, the authors do a commendable job making the material accessible and highly readable. In this post-Sarbanes era, this is a must-have reference for every business professionals bookshelf."
—Mark S. Schweiker
President, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Forty-fourth Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

A thorough guide to forensic accounting and investigation for the non-expert

Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation for Non-Experts is a dependable, up-to-date resource for detecting, preventing, and successfully prosecuting financial fraud. The authors address all phases of forensic accounting, complete with actual examples demonstrating applications in the real world.

In one conveniently organized volume, non-experts get access to all the critical accounting principles and investigative techniques that help protect any organization from fraud, including insightful advice on where an organization is most susceptible to fraud and how to implement effective investigation processes when fraud is suspected. ... Read more


126. On-Scene Guide for Crisis Negotiators, Second Edition
by Frederick J. Lanceley
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-13)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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According to author Frederick J. Lanceley, known as one of the world's foremost crisis negotiation authorities, negotiators must train and train regularly. For just as the legal field constantly evolves, so does the field of crisis negotiation. The new edition of his On-Scene Guide for Crisis Negotiators reflects this fact. A bestseller in its first edition, this book offers practical advice with regard to the theory, procedures, and techniques of crisis and suicide intervention and hostage negotiation. Two new chapters cover negotiation with people under the influence of drugs or alcohol and how first responders can contain the situation until a negotiator can arrive. With a suicide intervention flow chart, a checklist for investigators assisting negotiators, and an on-scene guide for crisis negotiators, this indispensable book provides the tools you need to conduct successful negotiations and 'make nothing happen.' ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Review of On-scene guide for crisis negotiators
Good 1st book to read on those wanting to be Negotiators in the Law Enforcement field.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Addition To The Field
Frederick Lanceley's "On-Scene Guide for Crisis Negotiators" is a long needed compendium of technique and definition in the field of crisis negotitations. Mr. Lanceley's vast experience has enabled him to provide techniques based on real-life situations not just theory. The volume is arranged in a concise, easy-to-reference format which should be a part of every negotiator's "Ready Kit". One of the most important points about this book is the fact that it addresses the types of situations faced daily by police negotiators. Suicide intervention, long a subject ignored in many negotiations seminars, is given in-depth treatment. In addition, the entire book is an interesting read. His account of his involvement at Ruby Ridge is fascinating. I would recommend this book to anyone involved in the field, police commanders and anyone interested in crisis intervention.

5-0 out of 5 stars On-Scene Guide for Crisis Negotiators
Recently retired FBI Special Agent Fred Lanceley gives us the benefit of his expertise in this highly detailed book on the actions a crisis negotiator must take in the field. Lanceley describes techniques that will be of benefit to any police officet, tactical dispatcher, hostage negotiator or crisis counselor who is confronted with a barricaded subject, a mentally disturbed individual or a potential hostage taker. These people are encouraged to read Lanceley's book and to include it in your current training. Dave Larton, Member, California Association of Hostage Negotiators

5-0 out of 5 stars Every Chief and Tactical Commander should read this book.
Excellent basic text which covers practical aspects of Crisis Negotiation. Solid, contemporary content and a great reference resource. ... Read more


127. Crime and Justice in America: A Human Perspective, Sixth Edition
by Leonard Territo, James B. Halsted, Max L. Bromley, Max Bromley
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-28)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This volume it the most comprehensive, current and applied introduction to criminal justice in the field today. The authors' collective criminal justice experience as jail administrators, police administrators, attorneys, educators and trainers provides a unique perspective into relevant criminal justice topics. The book provides real world examples with a focus on the human dimension within the major components of the Criminal Justice System that illuminate the abstract aspects of the material.The authors examine crime and justice in America, the substantive criminal law, the law of criminal procedure and the rights of the criminally accused, the nature and distribution of crime and its victims, police operations, issues and trends in policing, the dynamics of the criminal court, pretrial procedures, the criminal trial, sentencing, appeals, and the death penalty, jails and detention, correctional institutions, probation, parole, and community corrections, juvenile justice, and drugs, crime and the criminal justice system.For individuals interested in a comprehensive look at America's criminal justice system. ... Read more


128. Criminal Investigation, Sixth Edition
by James N. Gilbert
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-23)
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Up-to-date and reader-friendly, this popular bookis designed to provide an analytical understanding of the investigative process and its challenges in the 21st century. It smoothly merges the theoretical and the proven practical aspects of crime detection and solution, from a historical perspective to future possibilities.Each commonly encountered crime is discussed in terms of current status, offender characteristics, and investigative techniques. This introductory book assumes no prior police experience.For police officers, criminal investigators, and private investigators; and can be used by in-service personnel as an excellent reference tool. ... Read more


129. Inside 9-11: What Really Happened
by Der Spiegel Magazine
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Catlog: Book (2002-03-11)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Some of the finest writing and reporting on the events of September 11 was done by Der Spiegel, Germany's magazine of record. With its main office in Hamburg, base of operations for terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta and many of the others, Der Spiegel's journalists were on the front lines of the earliest investigation into the identities of those who brought holy war to America.

The award-winning team from Spiegel was also at Ground Zero, talking to people, gathering stories, interviewing survivors, seeking the words that might express the interconnections of horror and heroism. The words come from those who had been inside and somehow gotten out. Inside 9-11 gives us some of their accounts, taking us as close as we can get to what happened.

The "why" of September 11 may remain beyond understanding. But here we learn who the terrorists were, and how they were able to take so many innocent lives by sacrificing their own. The profiles in this book render a chilling, alien mindset that has become part of our daily reality. Combining first-class investigative journalism and writing of great clarity, Inside 9-11 is a heartbreaking and gripping reconstruction of the events that changed us all.

Translated from the German by Paul De Angelis and Elisabeth Kaestner, with contributions from Margot Dembo and Christopher Sultan.
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5-0 out of 5 stars September 11 and the German connection.
In the last six months, I read the New York Times book Out of the Blue, and to be honest the Germans did a better job with this book. I think both this and Out of the Blue are 5 star reads though. What really mattered was the extra information Der Spiegel put into this book. As an example--how did the U.S. Government figure out the passengers who hijacked the four planes? Well on one of the calls to an airline headquarters, the stewardess stated the seats the hijackers occupied, and one of these was Atta. This information was not in Out of the Blue.
Also interviews with Atta's father and other hijackers families.

The beginning of the book talks quite a bit about the two planes which crashed into the World Trade Center. Not as much info on the Pennsylvania crash or the Pentagon attack. What is include gives good detail. There is more in depth material on the New York attacks. The next to last chapter details how much of the operation was conceived and supported in Hamberg, Germany. Many of the hijackers not only were educated here, but also settled down there. Since the authors are Germans, much is detailed on the German connection.

In the appendix are some of Atta's writing and the drivel of Bin Laden. One wonders who believes in this stuff. It is apparent, bin Laden has not only managed to hijack four planes but believers in a religion. The writers attempt to make some analysis on this in the summary, but it will still leave the reader shaking his head on these beliefs.

One small minus was a number of typos in the copy.
Altogether a great read on a tragic event for America.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best I've read yet.
This is the best Sept. 11 book I've yet read, and it doesn't even come from America. The reporting is excellent and thorough and the level of detail is impressive. Sometimes gory, sometimes horrifying, but always educational, this book examines the events of that day from the point of view of the terrorists as well as the victims. An appendix includes the terrorists' final instructions, which are quite chilling to read. Kudos to Der Spiegel for putting together the best 9/11 coverage so far.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Inside Scoop
I have always been a bit hesitant when picking up a book that has more then one author, let alone a full reporting staff. Many times I find that you can either tell very distinctly when one author finishing and a another author starts or when there are a lot of authors, it tends to be a mix of styles that never really flow together. Somehow this book had none of this, it must have been a very strong editor or a translation thing, but the book spoke with one voice and was very evenly put together. The book had different sections, pre attack, attack and post attack and all three were insightful and well written. This is the first book on the topic that I have read that went into a good amount of detail about the individual hijackers, it really tried to paint a picture of who they were and what theirs lives were like leading up to the event. It did not really explain why they would do what they did, but it did give the reader some understanding of who they were.

During the section of the book that detailed the attack there were a number of interviews and a running description of the event, both were well done. But the part that I found most powerful was that the authors placed bits of 911 calls from people in the towers into the text that really brought a lot of emotion into the reading. Ok so it is a rather cheap way to do it, but it worked and you really felt the fear and desperation in the situation. Overall I liked the book, it was well written and put together. My only complaint would be that I felt the last section, the aftermath, was not as engrossing as the first two sections, but to be honest that is problem that it would be difficult for any author to top the drama of the attacks. One other minor point, in non-fiction I like a few pictures to let me see whom you are talking about etc., this book had none. If you are interested in the topic this is a good place to land.

3-0 out of 5 stars A psychic helps the FBI and the Victims Go to the Light - A
If you have ever wondered about people who die quickly - if they "go to the light" or wait around as ghosts for a while, and how we can help them transition, you may want to read Tiffany Snow's Psychic Gifts in the Christian Life - Tools to Connect. She has a personal experience in her book about 9-11, and how she ended up out-of-body to help 5 people on the plane transition successfully. She explains that victims who die quickly are often in shock, and don't really know that they are dead - they think "the angel and relatives that show up to escort them, are the dream, and not the reality." During her time of "reliving and relieving" the last few moments before impact with each of the five, she was able to see the terrorists, what they were wearing and doing, etc, and the next day sent sketches and information to the FBI...and their unexpected, positive response. Much good is in this book about "the other side," and I just wanted to pass on the info, it was interesting to me, and comforting, and especially for the victim's families, might fill in a few of the gaps.

5-0 out of 5 stars Your are there, 9/11/01
Mohamed Atta had a terrorist primer. He spent the night before 9/11 at the Comfort Inn in Portland, Maine. The story of the terrorists in flight schools, creating problems in night clubs and elsewhere in the weeks before the incident of the suicide attacks of the four commercial jetliners, and their journeys in America and abroad are outlined in the book. Calls from passengers and flight personnel on the highjacked airliners are detailed in this account.

Next, the authors, journalists of DER SPIEGAL, describe the attempts of the workers in the World Trade Center towers to save themselves. It was important for small firms to have the World Trade Center on their letterheads. Initially it was conceived as a center for overseas trade, not a financial center. Later the rise in commercial-space rents in New York City caused the kinds of businesses most likely to rent space in the towers to change. One of the reasons so much is known about situations within the planes and towers is telephone contact. Wired and wireless, modern communications capabilities are awesome.

Reading the account is an emotional experience. People waited to be rescued and rescue workers never came. Others walked down and out of one of the towers from the eighty-ninth floor. Horribly burned individuals exited safely with others.

Fear is something firefighters train themselves to ignore. The authors show the messages received at the fire department message center--FDNY Emergency Message Center. When the tower came down it sounded like a freight train. The entire South Tower had collapsed. Nobody in the FDNY expected a collapse of the entire structures of the monumental towers.

The South Tower was hit second but collapsed first. It was hit lower. NYC has more tall buildings than any other city. Still, FDNY is not a suicide organization. After the collapse of the tower, the plans of evacuating persons on the higher floors of the other tower changed. A quick thinking fireman shouted, causing most of the fire personnel in the North Tower to leave the building.

The North Tower collapsed in an almost absurdly controlled way. Eleven people survived the crash of that tower. Nearly all the men in leading positions of the New York Fire Department were dead.

By mid day the FBI had determined that some of the highjackers had come from Germany. Mohamed Atta's travel bag was located at Logan Airport. It contained among the toiletries two written documents.

Part II of the book is call "In the House of Followers". In the first day the FBI had Atta's suitcase, as noted, and a white rental car containing flying manuals in Arabic and some papers with the same Arabic names that appeared on the passenger lists. The Hamburg-Harburg Technical University has an international profile. Seven of the thirteen names investigators supplied appeared in the student directory. Two of the suicide pilots had studied there.

Investigators in Germany began to try to unravel the greatest terrorist act of all time. A treasure trove of papers came to the attention of the authorities. Perhaps some other secret service was at work. The terrorist as slum dweller is a familiar concept. The terrorist as a middle class role model is new.

Europe acted as a way station for terrorist groups. What held the groups together is neither Islam not idealogy, but religious delusion and hatred for the U.S. The end of the book contains identifying information on the participants of the highjacking, a timeline, and excerpts from the Terrorist's Manual. ... Read more


130. Are Prisons Obsolete?
by Angela Davis
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Catlog: Book (2003-04)
Publisher: Open Media Series
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amid rising public concern about the proliferation and privitization of prisons, and their promise of enormous profits, world-renowned author and activist Angela Y. Davis argues for the abolition of the prison system as the dominant way of responding to America_s social ills._In thinking about the possible obsolescence of the prison,_ Davis writes, _we should ask how it is that so many people could end up in prison without major debates regarding the efficacy of incarceration._ Whereas Reagan-era politicians with _tough on crime_ stances argued that imprisonment and longer sentences would keep communities free of crime, history has shown that the practice of mass incarceration during that period has had little or no effect on official crime rates: in fact, larger prison populations led not to safer communities but to even larger prison populations.As we make our way into the twenty-first century_two hundred years after the invention of the penitentiary _the question of prison abolition has acquired an unprecedented urgency. Backed by growing numbers of prisons and prisoners, Davis analyzes these institutions in the U.S., arguing that the very future of democracy depends on our ability to develop radical theories and practices that make it possible to plan and fight for a world beyond the prison industrial complex. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Economics and Racism combine to create our broken prisons
Following the over throw of reconstruction, the re-empowered white ruling class in the South needed a large pool of cheap labor. The Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, contained one glaring exception--slavery was still completely legal for those who had been convicted of a crime. Suddenly, new legislation was enacted which criminalized a wide variety of behaviors not previously considered criminal--having no job, vagrancy, no visible means of support, etc.

Once these "Black Codes" were in place, prisons in the South were rapidly filled with Blacks. Prior to the Civil War, prisoners in the South were overwhelmingly White. After Reconstruction, they were overwhelmingly Black.

These new prisoners were "leased" to White plantation owners, at a flat fee. With no capital invested in these new slaves, many were simply worked to death. The economic incentive to ensure that the prisons were full was inescapable.

In this short, but powerful, book, Angela Davis makes the case that this pattern of incarcerating Blacks, set during the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, carries through to the present. Today the economics of incarceration are more subtle. Money is not primarily made through the labor of prisoners (although that still happens). Today, the real money is made by the underwriters who sell the bonds to finance prison construction, the myriad of industries which supply the country's 2 million prisoners with everything from soap to light bulbs, and by rural America, where the last three decades of de-industrialization has left prison as one of the very few decent paying union jobs available to formerly blue collar workers.

Ms. Davis draws on a plethora of academic studies (several dozen of which are cited in footnotes, which provide anyone interested with a comprehensive study guide for understanding the historical antecedents and current realities of America's love affair with the prison.

Her bottom line--abandon the whole flawed system. The last chapter, which attempts to answer the immediate question posed to anyone who dares raise this option, is the book's weakest. Too much rhetoric; not enough solid proposals. Nonetheless, the historical breadth, backed by detailed facts, of Ms. Davis' book make it well worth reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wrap your arms around a failed system
A superb primer on the most pressing crisis most Americans know little about.
Concise, eloquent, and chock-full of insightful info, "Are Prison's Obsolete" is a book that every concerned citizen should read.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Urgent Appeal for Alternatives to Incarceration.
It is almost too much for the human mind to fully comprehend that there are more than 2 million people--a group larger than the population of many countries-- presently behind bars in America. While serving as an elected official, I was given an extensive "tour" of one of the local prisons. I tried not to show the horror -and sorrow- I felt at the sight of so many human beings locked away in high tech cages, for fear my "tour" would be cut short.

This thoroughly researched book by Angela Davis articulates everything I instinctively felt when I got a first hand glimpse of prison life. With the patience and restraint of a Saint, Angela Davis challenges thinking people to face the human rights catastrophe in our jails and prisons.

It is the authors hope that this book will encourage readers to question their own assumptions about prison. It is my hope that this book will be widely read by everyone involved in the field of education and politics. It should be on the recommended reading list of all high schools, colleges and universities.

Suza Francina, former Mayor, Ojai, California, and author, The New Yoga for People Over 50. ... Read more


131. Criminal Procedure, Investigating Crime: Investigating Crime (American Casebook Series)
by Joshua Dressler, George C. Thomas III
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
Publisher: West Law School
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This law school casebook provides different perspectives to fundamental doctrinal issues related to the law of criminal investigations. The authors extensively review the Fourth Amendment and remedies for violations. Addresses confessions and the voluntariness requirement, police interrogation and the self-incrimination clause, and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. The work concludes with an overview of entrapment, and eyewitness identification procedures. This book is a complete, unchanged reprint of Chapters 1 through 10 of Dressler and Thomas' Criminal Procedure: Principles, Policies and Perspectives. ... Read more


132. Serial Murderers and Their Victims (with CD-ROM) (Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice Series.)
by Eric W. Hickey
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-10)
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Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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This text provides an in-depth, scholarly, and broad-based examination of serial murderers and their victims. The coverage is backed up by extensive data and research and profiles some of the most prominent murderers of our time. Author Eric Hickey examines the lives of nearly 400 serial murderers, analyzing the cultural, historical, and religious factors that influence our myths and stereotypes of these individuals. He then describes the biological, psychological, and sociological reasons for serial murder, offering his own model for explaining serial-murder behavior. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on Serial Murder
This book should be your first reference if you would like to understand the "reality" of serial murder. Cutting through the sensationalism this crime attracts, Dr. Hickey provides an in-depth, research-based analysis of almost 400 serial murderers and their crimes. He also offers the reader insight into the numerous theories (biological, psychological, sociological, etc.) that help to explain this phenomenon, including his own Trauma-Control Model. Of special interest in this 3rd edition of the book is Dr. Hickey's coverage of the phenomenon as a global problem, including a study of 300 Foriegn serial murderers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding profiling and research on serial killers!
Dr. Hickey's hard work is proven in this book. The serial profiling that he has done has made this book outstanding reference material. I have had the good fortune of meeting this man and I think anyone who has anything to do with any type of law work should read this.

5-0 out of 5 stars a must read for all law enforcement proffesionals
Being one of the lucky people in this world to study from Dr. Hickey at Fresno State, I consider this book and the Dr. to be two of the most amaizing sources of knowledge in this dark field. If you begin reading this book knowing nothing about the topic, you walk away being a sudo-expert in the field and study of Serial Killers

3-0 out of 5 stars Missed boat on good research.
Overall decent but he did miss quite a bit of good (and arguably very important) research on the subject of serial murder. Don't think that this book covers all important research on the topics in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Textbook on Serial Murder, Backed by Research
This book should be your first reference if you would like to understand the "reality" of serial murder. Dr. Hickey provides an in-depth, research-based analysis of almost 400 serial murderers and their crimes. He also offers the reader insight into the numerous theories (biological, psychological, sociological, etc.) that help to explain this phenomenon, including his own Trauma-Control Model. ... Read more


133. First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers
by Mark R. Hawthorne
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Catlog: Book (1998-11-12)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Physical evidence cannot be wrong; it cannot perjure itself; it cannot be wholly absent. Only its interpretation can err. Only human failure to find it, study and understand it, can diminish its value."-Presiding Judge, Harris v U.S., 331 U.S. 145 (1947) HOW TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE CRIME SCENE WHILE CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers is a training guide and reference for patrol officers and criminal investigators, who conduct preliminary investigations of crime scenes, to aid in identification, collection, and booking of physical evidence. Written by a veteran of 24 years of law enforcement, the book stresses the importance of understanding the critical nature of physical evidence and preservation of the crime scene as part of the case against a criminal defendant. This book is an important tool for police academies that train recruits and veteran patrol officers, as well as for students of criminal justice who seek guidelines for proper collection and handling of physical evidence. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars "Excellent start for novice or those interested in CSI"
Mark R. Hawthorne's "First Unit Responder," CRC Press 1999, ISBN 0-9493-002-1, is a 6 chapter 98-page guide book for uniformed officers working in the field who frequently are the first to arrive for a potential crime scene investigation(CSI).
Hawthorne gives us an easy-to-read introduction to basic CSI response that includes definition of various physical evidence characteristics (individual versus class), implementation of CSI response protocol (ARISN), identification & documentation of evidence, evidence collection (do's & don'ts), fingerprint/glove appreciation, case review with ADA and testimony tips for the non-specialist officer & a 12-page illustrated appendix showing evidentiary items. Each chapter didactic is followed with a (dozen or so) basic question & answer section with explanations.
The author's impressive credentials in both field and teaching experiences helped condense important basic CSI issues into a short and easily-read synopsis that includes 20 good bibliographic entries and a thorough 6-page index. A few trivial grammatical flaws are readily discharged, but difficult to justify given computers with spell-checkers, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rookies or veterans, Cops to firefighters to EMT's
As a law enforcement instructor at a police training facility, I found this book to be fantastic for the new recruits we train. As a retired police officer/Crime Scene Analyst, I also realized it would be great for some veteren officers and non-law enforcement personnel to review. Mark Hawthorne has kept the technical information on an easily understandable level. He has covered, in 90 pages, what would take hours of personal instruction. I found the test questions and answers extremely helpful in preparing reviews. This book can be picked up by the patrol officer, and if READ, could furnish much of the information to properly document most any crime scene. I would recommend this book to any basic law enforcement instructor or new police officer. ... Read more


134. Crime Victims : An Introduction to Victimology (Wadsworth Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice)
by Andrew Karmen
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-11)
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Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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The first and most comprehensive look at victimology, Karmen's CRIME VICTIMS offers balanced coverage of this complex and at times, controversial subject. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Long Vehicle - Please Do NOT Pass
Unfortunately, Wadsworth editors allowed Andrew Karmen to turn what could have been a nippy little sports car into a 14-wheeler. The 370+ pages could have been edited to 200 had an editor removed the padding. Instead of zipping along, readers have to drag both themselves and an articulated truckful of words behind them. No verb is left without an adverb and synonym, no noun without an adjective and a thesaurus-full of alternatives, and no idea passes without a repetitive redundancy. Consider, just as an example, the "media." No, you are not smart enough to know what the media are; Andrew spells it all out - "The news media - newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations - deserve...." (page 25) Gee, thanks, Andrew, I really needed that pointed out to me! I won't bother with more.

All of this is a pity because the subject matter is important. But the book -in the way that it is written - suggests that this is a little subject being dressed up, padded and presented as more than it is. And that is the opposite of what I believe, and the opposite of what Andrew Karmen intends.

The book is worth reading, but prepare for heavy hauling. Wadsworth - you have done Andrew and Victimology a disservice.

Jerry Glover ... Read more


135. Rape Investigation Handbook
by Brent E. Turvey, John O. Savino
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-17)
Publisher: Academic Press
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This work addresses specific investigative and forensic processes related to sex crimes for those who work in law enforcement, the defense community, or in the private sector. It is an unprecedented collaborative work -- the first working manual for sex crime investigators, written by sex crime investigators and forensic scientists.

The key feature of this work is a thorough overview of the investigative and forensic processes related to sex crime investigation. It takes the reader through investigative and forensic processes in a logical sequence, showing how investigations of rape and sexual assault can and should be conducted from start to finish. It is intended to set the investigative and forensic standard for sex crimes investigation.

It is designed to be accessible, in terms of language, not only to a detective or investigator who does hands on casework, but to the student in the classroom learning about the subject for the first time.

This work is an excellent training manual for sex crime investigators around the world. It is also an excellent textbook for any hands on university course on the subject of sex crime investigation.This work is an excellent supplement for any investigative course involving violent crime or death investigation.

- The only comprehensive reference available on the investigation of sexual assault and rape (10 times more prevalent than murder instances).
- The text includes extensive illustrations of perpetrators, victims and other rape case evidence for identification of incidents of rape.
- The writing is clear and practical, ideal for professionals in forensic nursing, law enforcement and the investigative community
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136. Modern Approach to Evidence (American Casebook Series)
by Stephen A. Saltzburg, Richard O. Lempert
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
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Includes a path-breaking reorganization of the treatment of the rules that govern evidence of character and credibility. Focuses on social scientific information that bears on the design and operation of rules of evidence. Improved format includes an array of problems that explore the nooks and crannies of the rules of evidence, but most of these problems are now grouped at the end of chapters, or at a few natural break points in the longer chapters. A smaller group of comparatively simple problems are interspersed throughout the text where they illustrate and test the students' understanding of the rules that have just been discussed. ... Read more


137. Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination, Second Edition
by William J. Bodziak
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Reviewed and recognized as the most authoritative sourcein the field, this book describes the methods used worldwide to recover and identify footwear impressions from the scene of a crime.In this new edition,everything, including the original twelve chapters,bibliography, appendix, etc., has been clarified, updated and expanded. This edition includes updated and new information on recovery procedures and materials such as lifting, photography and casting; chemical enhancement; updated information about footwear manufacturing; footwear sizing; and known impression techniques and materials. WHAT'S NEW IN THE SECOND EDITION: Besides updating and expanding the twelve original chapters, Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination, Second Edition adds three new chapters: one chapter on barefoot evidence, which concerns impressions made by the naked or sock-clad foot or those which remain in abandoned or discarded footwear; another new chapter on several cases in which the footwear impression evidence was of primary importance in bringing about a conviction or confession; and finally, a new chapter on the footwear impression evidence in the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil cases. ... Read more


138. Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System
by J. Scott Harr, Kären M. Hess
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-12)
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Help your students decipher the complexities of our Constitution and the criminal justice system with this best seller! J. Scott Harr and Kären M. Hess have taken the most complex of material and made it into the most student-oriented and manageable text for the course, helping students develop a complete understanding of the key issues related to our Constitution and the criminal justice system. With approximately 225 summarized cases fully integrated into the text, students are introduced to pertinent and influential cases in a format that is not intimidatingthe authors use plain language versus legal language. Harr and Hess focus primarily on the Fourth Amendment (reasonable search and seizure) and Fifth Amendment (double jeopardy, testifying against oneself) to the U.S. Constitution, as these are the most relevant to criminal justice issues. The Third Edition continues to offer students a broader picture of the laws that influence our society, and, at the same time, helps students master these important concepts through a unique integrated learning systemthe authors' trademark Four-Point Approach. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars So-so CJ text
This text was ok, a lot better written than most of the criminal justice texts I've had to study from. There are the basic land mark cases and some other related cases for each amendment, though I would have liked to see more on the first and second. ... Read more


139. I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know
by Ellen Kirschman
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Catlog: Book (1997-03-07)
Publisher: The Guilford Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Will police work change the person you love? Are police marriages destined to fail? What are the chances of your loved one being killed in the line of duty? Separating fact from myth, Dr. Ellen Kirschman answers these and other critical questions in the first comprehensive self-help book created specifically for today's police families. In information-filled chapters, readers will go behind the scenes with other police families as they discuss the benefits and pitfalls of police work; learn how to manage the effects of organizational stress and the pressures of unpredictable schedules, long hours and loneliness; gain awareness of the emotional, physical, and behavioral warning signs which can lead to such extreme situations as posttraumatic stress, alcoholism, suicide and domestic violence; find out where families can go for help and counseling; and get an inside look at cop couples and the special challenges facing women, minorities, and gays and lesbians on the force.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Cop Families
This book was recommended to me by a fellow cop wife. I finally read it, and was so relieved. Many of the things that I have been dealing with over the last 6 years, she addressed in the book. I came to realize that I'm not coping with issues that are unique. The life of a cop wife and family is not easy, but we are not alone. I truly believe that this should be mandatory reading for all families of police officers, new and old.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for every law enforcement family!!
As an organization for law enforcement families, Support And Family Enhancement, Inc., recommends this book at every presentation we give. It is insightful, and very helpful on helping families cope with the stresses of the job. Written in an easy to read format, with practical tips given, it is a MUST HAVE for every police family.

5-0 out of 5 stars An indispensable tool for understanding the cop mind
Even if you're not married to, or otherwise involved with, a police officer, this book can help you to understand a great deal of the police culture, mindset, and worldview. Its descriptions of the character of the typical police officer and of how that officer evolves over the usual 20-year career are particularly valuable. And it offers insights into the home life of cops and how they cope. Both failed and successful relationships are covered, and in the end the tone is upbeat and optimistic.

Also read "Cop World," by James McClure; "Homicide," by David Simon; "Cops," by Mark Baker; and Connie Fletcher's "Pure Cop," "What Cops Know," and "Breaking and Entering: Women Cops Talk About Life in the Ultimate Men's Club."

5-0 out of 5 stars A good read for those who know (and love) a cop
I bought this book years ago, after my boyfriend made it clear he intended to become a Police Officer. About 5 years later, we are still together, and he is about to enter the Police Academy. Reading this book early on allowed me to better understand what he was going to be going through, and what our relationship would likely endure as well.

His parents were less than enthusiastic about his decision, but a lot of that comes from fear. This book helped me toss aside my own fear, and deal with just the facts. Thanks in part to this book, I have been able to help him defend his decision, and at the very least help his mother come to terms more with his choice (his dad is still a work in progress).

Of course this book won't be able to cover every potential problem or situation. But, there are lessons to be learned, even by reading between the lines, that will help you have a better, stronger relationship with your loved one who is a cop.

As for Dr. Kirschman, she works in Oakland, CA as a police psychologist. I live a few miles away from Oakland, and know a good number of officers who know Dr. Kirschman personally. They all have expressed to me that they like and respect her, and thought that my reading her book was probably a very good thing for my relationship with my boyfriend.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent book
It helped my wife understand myself a little better. ... Read more


140. Armies Without States: The Privatization of Security
by Robert Mandel
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Catlog: Book (2002-06-01)
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