H.T. O'Neal Jr.

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The course of the Criminal Law is so firmly established that a year of decisions fails to generate any momentous impact. Its ancient principles have "existed from the time whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary." The twelve months of decisions herein surveyed have produced neither radical departure nor astounding change.

In order to construct a coherent story of one year of Criminal Law, it is necessary to devise several very general categories into which each of the decisions can find a place. Certain of these divisions, particularly those concerning evidence and procedure, have received exhaustive treatment elsewhere in this survey. Even so, there appears to be no alternative but to deal with these subjects solely from the standpoint of criminal law-for but little would be left of such a broad subject if it were segregated from evidence and procedure.