Upper-level criminal procedure text uses a conceptual approach that focuses on the social, political, and historical evolution of criminal procedure. Unique case and comment format achieves a sophisticated blend of edited cases and explanatory text. Substantial edited case excerpts and dissenting opinions give students an appreciation of the judicial philosophy behind decisions. Law in Society sections show how laws and legal institutions function in todays society. Justices of the Court sections profile Supreme Court Justices and humanize the legal process by showing how the law has been shaped by people with strong ideas about the nature of the American constitutional system.