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Joseph L. Hoffmann

Faculty bibliography for Professor Hoffmann


Joseph L. Hoffmann

Harry Pratter Professor of Law 


DEFINING CRIMES, 4th Ed. (with William J. Stuntz). New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2021.

COMPREHENSIVE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, 5th Ed. (with Ronald Allen, et al.). New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2020.

DEFINING CRIMES, 3rd Ed. (with William J. Stuntz). New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2017.

COMPREHENSIVE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, 4th Ed. (with Ronald Jay Allen, et al.). Austin: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2016. 

DEFINING CRIMES, 2nd Ed. (with William J. Stuntz). New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2014.

COMPREHENSIVE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, 3rd Ed. (with Ronald Jay Allen, et al.). Austin: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2011. Also: Teacher's Manual.

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: ADJUDICATION AND RIGHT TO COUNSEL (with Ronald Jay Allen, Boston: CCH Incorporated/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2011.

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: INVESTIGATION AND RIGHT TO COUNSEL (with Ronald Jay Allen, New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2011.

DEFINING CRIMES, (with William J. Stuntz). New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2011.

HABEAS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: USES, ABUSES, AND THE FUTURE OF THE GREAT WRIT (with Nancy J. King). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. [SSRN]

COMPREHENSIVE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, 2nd ed. (with Ronald Jay Allen, et al.). New York: Aspen, 2005. Also: Supplements 2007, 2008.

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: INVESTIGATION AND RIGHT TO COUNSEL (with Ronald Jay Allen, et al.). New York: Aspen, 2005.

COMPREHENSIVE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (with Ronald Allen, et al., Eds.). Gaithersburg: Aspen Law & Business, 2001. Also: Teacher’s Manual (2001) and Supplements (2001, 2002, 2003).

FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAW (with Peter W. Low). Westbury, NY: Foundation Press, 1996.


Innocence and Federal Habeas after AEDPA: Time for the Supreme Court to Act, 24 FEDERAL SENTENCING REPORTER 300 (2012). [HeinOnline]

"Sticky Metaphors" and the Persistence of the Traditional Voluntary Manslaughter Doctrine (with Elise J. Percy & Steven J. Sherman), 44 UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN JOURNAL OF LAW REFORM 383 (2011). [HeinOnline]

Right Problem; Wrong Solution (with Nancy King), 1 CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW CIRCUIT 49 (2010).

Rethinking the Federal Role in State Criminal Justice (with Nancy J. King), 84 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 791 (2009). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Envisioning Post-Conviction Review for the 21st Century (with Nancy J. King), 78 MISSISSIPPI LAW JOURNAL 433 (2008). [HeinOnline]

The Psychology and Law of Voluntary Manslaughter: What Can Psychology Research Teach Us About the "Heat of Passion" Defense? (with S.J. Sherman), 20 JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORIAL DECISION MAKING 499 (2007).

Concluding Remarks: Symposium: Toward a Model Death Penalty Code: The Massachusetts Governor's Council Report, 80 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 113 (2005). [HeinOnline]

Protecting the Innocent: The Massachusetts Governor’s Council Report, 95 JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW & CRIMINOLOGY 561 (2005). [HeinOnline]

Response to Professors Kamin and Pokorak, 80 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 153 (2005). [HeinOnline]

Substantive Appellate Review in Capital Cases, 80 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 91 (2005). [HeinOnline]

Welcoming Remarks: Symposium: Toward a Model Death Penalty Code: The Massachusetts Governor's Council Report (with William J. Mead), 80 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 29 (2005). [HeinOnline]

The Sentencing Conundrum (with Craig Bradley), 40 TRIAL 50 (December 2004).

Revenge or Mercy? Some Thoughts About Survivor Opinion Evidence in Death Penalty Cases, 88 CORNELL LAW REVIEW 530 (2003). [HeinOnline]

Apprendi v. New Jersey: Back to the Future?, 38 AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW 255 (2001). [HeinOnline]

Be Careful What You Ask for: The 2000 Presidential Election, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Law of Criminal Procedure (with Craig M. Bradley), 76 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 889 (2001). [HeinOnline]

A Brief Response to Liebman, Fagan, and West, 76 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 957 (2001). [HeinOnline]

The Harry Pratter Professorship Lecture: Violence and the Truth, 76 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 939 (2001). [HeinOnline]

Justices Weave Intricate Web of Habeas Corpus Decisions, 37 TRIAL 62 (Dec. 2001).

Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of Death (with Marcy L. Kahn and Steven W. Fisher), 69 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 2313 (2001). [HeinOnline]

Substance and Procedure in Capital Cases: Why Federal Habeas Corpus Courts Should Review the Merits of Every Death Sentence, 78 TEXAS LAW REVIEW 1771 (2000). [HeinOnline]

The Death Penalty in America: Recent Developments in Law and Research, JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE CRIMINAL LAW SOCIETY IN JAPAN (1999).

Many Death Sentences, But Few Executions -- The Law and Politics of Capital Punishment in America, Amerika Ho (1999). (Special issue of JAPANESE LAW JOURNAL).

Computer Crime and the Limits of the Law, 1 INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPARATIVE LAW AND POLITICS REVIEW 41 (1998).

"Truth" and the Japanese Code of Criminal Procedure, JURISTO (1998). (Special issue of JAPANESE LAW JOURNAL).

A Tribute to the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch, 13 GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 353 (1997). [HeinOnline]

Federal Court Supervision of State Criminal Justice Administration (with Lauren Robel), 543 ANNALS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE 154 (1996). [HeinOnline]

Justice Dando and the “Conservative” Argument for Abolition, 72 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 21 (1996). [HeinOnline]

Public Perception, Justice, and the “Search for Truth” in Criminal Cases (with Craig M. Bradley), 69 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW 1267 (1996). [HeinOnline]

The Executioners Sing28 BILL OF RIGHTS JOURNAL 19 (1995). [HeinOnline]

Where’s the Buck? Juror Misperception of Sentencing Responsibility in Death Penalty Cases, 70 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 1137 (1995). [HeinOnline]

Habeas After the Revolution (with William J. Stuntz), 1993 SUPREME COURT REVIEW 65 (1993). [HeinOnline]

Is Innocence Sufficient? An Essay on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Problems with Federal Habeas Corpus and the Death Penalty, 68 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 817 (1993). [HeinOnline]. Reprinted in 1993-1994 SUPREME COURT PREVIEW 344 (1993-94). [HeinOnline]

Starting from Scratch: Rethinking Federal Habeas Review of Death Penalty Cases, 20 FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 133 (1992). [HeinOnline]

Retroactivity and the Great Writ: How Congress Should Respond to Teague v. Lane, 1990 BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 183 (1990). [HeinOnline]

On the Perils of Line Drawing: Juveniles and the Death Penalty, 40 HASTINGS LAW JOURNAL 229 (1989). [HeinOnline]

The Supreme Court’s New Vision of Federal Habeas Corpus for State Prisoners, 1989 SUPREME COURT REVIEW 165 (1989). [HeinOnline]

Court Actions Contesting the Nonjudicial Foreclosure of Deeds of Trust in Washington, 59 WASHINGTON LAW REVIEW 323 (1984). [HeinOnline]

Book Chapters

Building a Federation of Citizens: The American Experience, in L’idée féderale européenne à la lumière du droit compare (C. Denizeau, ed.). Editions Pantheon-Assas, 2019.

Some Thoughts on Capital Punishment and Criminal Justice Reform, in ESSAYS IN HONOR OF MASAHITO INOUYE (in Japanese), (Satoshi Sakamaki, et. al., Eds.). Tokyo: Yuhikaku Publishing, 2019.

Reflections on Judicial Independence and Judicial Legitimacy, in  PENSER LE DROIT Á PARTIR DE L’INDIVIDU: MÉANGES EN L’HONNEUR D’ELISABETH ZOLLER. Paris: Dalloz, 2019.

The Political Economy of Capital Punishmentin THE POLITICAL HEART OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ESSAYS ON THEMES OF WILLIAM J. STUNTZ (Michael Klarman,, Eds.). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

House v. Bell and the Death of Innocence, in DEATH PENALTY STORIES (John H. Blume and Jordan M. Steiker, Eds.). New York: Foundation Press, 2009.

The "Cruel and Unusual Punishment" Clause: A Limit on the Power to Punish or Constitutional Rhetoric?, in THE BILL OF RIGHTS IN MODERN AMERICA, Rev. ed. (David J. Bodenhamer and James W. Ely, Eds.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008.

Globalization and Japanese Criminal Law in LAW IN JAPAN: A TURNING POINT (Daniel H. Foote, Ed.). Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007.

Narrowing Habeas Corpus, in THE REHNQUIST LEGACY (Craig Bradley, Ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. [SSRN]

How American Juries Decide Death Penalty Cases: The Capital Jury Project, in THE DEATH PENALTY IN AMERICA: CURRENT CONTROVERSIES (Hugo Adam Bedau, Ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

On the Death Penalty for Juveniles, in CHILD, PARENT AND STATE: LAW AND POLICY READER (S. Randall Humm et al., Eds.). Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1994.

The "Cruel and Unusual Punishment" Clause: A Limit on the Power to Punish or Constitutional Rhetoric?, in THE BILL OF RIGHTS IN MODERN AMERICA (David J. Bodenhamer and James W. Ely, Eds.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993.

Taking Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, in APPELLATE PRACTICE, 1991. Indianapolis: Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 1991.

Constitutionality and the U.S. Supreme Court's Positions on Capital Punishment Issues (course material), in HANDLING CAPITAL CASES. Reno: National Judicial College, 1989.

State Capital Punishment Laws and How They Differ (course material), in HANDLING CAPITAL CASES. Reno: National Judicial College, 1989.

What the Supreme Court of the United States Considers When You File a Petition for Certiorari, in APPELLATE PRACTICE 1988. Indianapolis: Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 1988.

Brief Introduction to Death Penalty Law, in CRIMINAL LAW: COPING WITH DIFFICULT PROBLEMS. Indianapolis: Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 1987.

Book Reviews

Book Review. Cohen, C. and Sterba, J., Affirmative Action and Racial Preference, 12 JAHRBUCH FUR RECHT UND ETHIK 531 (2004). [HeinOnline]

Book Review. Weinreb, Lloyd L., Natural Law and Justice, 26 NOUS 248 (1992).

Editorials & Commentaries

Improving Criminal Justice: How Can We Make the American Criminal Justice System More Just? (with Nancy J. King), 95 No. 2 JUDICATURE 59 (2011). [HeinOnline]

Justice, Too Much and Too Expensive (with Nancy J. King), NEW YORK TIMES (Apr. 16, 2011).

No Doubt, Death Penalty Reform Is Difficult, CHICAGO TRIBUNE (Apr. 23, 2015).

Another Safeguard Against Unwarranted Executions: Let the Illinois Supreme Court Make the Final Call on Death Penalty Cases, CHICAGO TRIBUNE (Dec. 1, 2002).