The Nature of Criminal Law, Constitutional Rights, Defenses, and Punishment

Read this section, which discusses criminal law in general, including constitutional protections for criminal defendants, defenses to criminal allegations, and the nature of punishment in criminal law. Pay particular attention to the discussion of the burden of proof in criminal cases. Compare this burden of proof to the burden in civil cases, noting the apparent contradictions that can arise from these differences. Do exercise 2 at the end of the section.