Why is it important to understand the sources of law in the study of criminal law?

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Why is it important to understand the sources of law in the study of criminal law?

Explain why the author of the ebook states that case law is a “powerful source of law”. In what way is it powerful? Give a specific example of the use of case law in the criminal law arena.

 

This is a multi-part question. The total answer to this first question should contain at least 400 words and a minimum of 5 sources. Remember to list your references in Bluebook or APA format even if your only reference is the ebook.

  1. Rank the three sources of law from highest to lowest and explain why you ranked them in this way.
  2. Why is it important to understand the sources of law in the study of criminal law?
  3. What is the purpose of statutory law and the purpose of case law?
  4. Explain why the author of the ebook states that case law is a “powerful source of law”. In what way is it powerful? Give a specific example of the use of case law in the criminal law arena.