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54 American Bar Association Journal 960 (1968)


The law of theft has long been the most complicated branch of the criminal law, writes Mr. Hall, and this is so in the face of the fact that crimes against property can he estimated safely as accounting for 90 per cent of all genuine crime in this country. The Model Penal Code has done much to simplify the law of theft and to eliminate outmoded distinctions, the author concedes, but he maintains that distinctions still must be recognized among the various types of theft, the persons involved in theft and the appropriate penalties for various crimes against property. Improvement, he concludes, demands further and better research.