Book Description: This straightforward introduction to criminal procedure combines case excerpts with clear, detailed legal discussion and analysis to give students a solid understanding of the field. The book's longtime success can be attributed to its widely acclaimed author and his unique ability to help readers grasp the complexities of law by clearly and carefully presenting all sides of an issue. Dr. Samaha has a true passion for wanting students to understand why procedures are as they are - instead of simply memorizing them. As a result, while most Criminal Procedure texts focus exclusively on 'how to', Samaha combines 'how' and 'why'. The Eighth Edition addresses the entire criminal procedure process - from search and seizure to post-conviction sentencing and review by appellate courts - while providing extensive case updates and new or expanded coverage of such key issues as terrorism/homeland security, the USA-PATRIOT Act, searches and seizures, military tribunals, recent changes to sentencing guidelines, and more.