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Crime and Criminal Behavior delves into such hotly debated topics as age of consent, euthanasia and assisted suicide, gambling, guns, internet pornography, marijuana and other drug laws, religious convictions, and terrorism and extremism. From using a faking I.D. to assaulting one’s domestic partner to driving drunk, a vast array of behaviors fit into the definition of criminal. The authors of these 20 chapters examine the historical contexts of each topic and offer arguments both for and against the ways in which legislators and courts have defined and responded to criminal behaviors, addressing the sometimes complex policy considerations involved. Sensitive subjects such as hate crimes are addressed, as are crimes carried out by large groups or states, including war crime and corporate crime. This volume also ...

Age of Consent
Age of consent

The age of consent to have sex is different from country to country and, over time, can change within a country as sexual mores and norms change. Angola, Mexico, Spain, and Zimbabwe appear to have the lowest age of consent at 12 years of age, but some nations with a low age of consent also set some limitations that require a higher age at which a child consents to the sex act. The age of consent is usually between 14 and 16 years of age, but some countries set the age at 18.

American criminal law, in every state but Louisiana, is based upon the common law of England. In England, magistrates who tried cases determined the elements of various crimes ...

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