About the Author
A Massachusetts native, Stephanie A. Jirard is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She received her A.B. in History from Cornell University, her J.D. from Boston College Law School, and her M.A. in Applied History at Shippensburg. She is a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy's Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, where she defended sailors and Marines at courts-martial across the state of Louisiana. At the Navy's personnel headquarters in Washington, D.C, Jirard provided legal counsel in family and child sexual abuse matters. After leaving the Navy, Jirard was a Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Branch, defending the federal government across the country in environmental and human radiation experiment lawsuits. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney and an Assistant Federal Public Defender, both in the District of Massachusetts. Jirard's last litigation post was serving as an Assistant State Public Defender in the Capital Litigation Unit in Columbia, Missouri, representing men in death-penalty cases. Jirard has published on race and politics, the Civil War's U.S. Colored Troops, missing women, cyberbullying, and sex scandals. This is her second textbook on Criminal Law and Procedure.