This collection examines the traditional general issues in the substantive criminal law, including the purposes of punishment, the requirements of act and mental state, complicity, causation, justification, and excuse. It stresses the difficulty of converting moral judgments of blameworthiness and psychological questions about deterrence into coherent positive law, the relationship between statutory criminal law, and its common law and normative bases.
There was no collective title page for the Pacific states reports. The publishers reprinted and used the title page for each of the various state reports included. This reprint was issued by Bancroft-Whitney Company, San Francisco, Callaghan and Company, Chicago, and West Publishing Company, St. Paul, in 1912 in a limited edition of 750 copies.
Including all the cases of importance argued and decided from the commencement of May term, 1848, to the close of the November term, 1849, with a table of cases and an index to the principal matters.