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Renowned Criminal Law Scholar

One of the country’s most respected criminal law scholars, George C. Thomas III is Rutgers Board of Governors Professor of Law and Judge Alexander P. Waugh, Sr. Distinguished Scholar at Rutgers School of Law—Newark where he teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and criminal adjudication. He also teaches a course on trusts and estates.

Thomas’s scholarly works are numerous. They include more than 60 articles on various aspects of criminal law and criminal procedure; one casebook, Criminal Procedure: Cases, Principles and Policies (West, 2012, 5th ed.); and four scholarly books, Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Supreme Court on Trial: How the American Justice System Sacrifices Innocent Defendants (University of Michigan Press, 2008), The Miranda Debate: Law, Justice, and Policing (Northeastern, 1999), and Double Jeopardy: The History, The Law (NYU Press, 1998). One of the leading authorities on double jeopardy and confessions, Thomas’s books on the two topics elucidate research on their history, philosophy, and legal doctrine.

Thomas earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. He has a master of fine arts in creative writing and a juris doctor from the University of Iowa. He received a master of laws degree and a doctor of science in jurisprudence from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 1986, Thomas practiced law in Tennessee and was a member of the University of Tennessee faculty.