George R (Bob) Dekle, Sr.

George R. (Bob) Dekle, Sr.


George R. "Bob" Dekle, Sr., retired from his position as a legal skills professor at the Levin College of Law, University of Florida, effective June 30, 2016. Dekle became a legal skills professor at the University of Florida in 2006, after retiring from the State Attorney's Office of the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida, where he served as an Assistant State Attorney from 1975 through 2005. During that time he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases, from criminal mischief to capital murder. In 1986 he received the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's Gene Barry Memorial Award as the outstanding assistant state attorney in the state. In 1996 and 2003 he received distinguished faculty awards from the association's education committee, and upon his retirement in 2005, he was given a lifetime achievement award for his efforts in continuing education for prosecutors. Professor Dekle has served as faculty at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and has lectured to prosecutor's associations across the nation. Before becoming a prosecutor, Professor Dekle served from 1973 to 1975 as an Assistant Public Defender in the Third Judicial Circuit. Dekle’s books reflect his deep interest in both trial advocacy and legal history.

Dekle currently has two books in pre-publication. The first, titled "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case: A Critical Analysis of the Prosecution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann," was written in collaboration with James M. Dedman III, former Director of Training for the National College of District Attorneys. "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (by Talbot Publishing) will be published in September of 2016. The second book, titled "Prairie Defender: The Murder Trials of Abraham Lincoln," analyzes all of Lincoln's homicide trials for which there is surviving evidence. "Prairie Defender" will be published in July of 2017, and Southern Illinois University Press is already taking pre-publication orders on their website.

Dekle has begun preliminary work on a new book about the Carlyle Harris case, the murder trial which made Francis L. Wellman, author of "The Art of Cross-Examination," famous.

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Selected Works

Legal History
Surveys all of the homicide cases defended by Lincoln for which we have surviving evidence. Looks at a number of other criminal cases, including some of his prosecutions.
Analyzes the evidence presented at trial and critiques the performance of both the prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Examines Lincoln's performance in People v. Armstrong.
Looking through the eyes of a prosecutor, the book reconstructs the course of the trial of Jesus and critiques the actions of the prosecutors and judge.
True Crime
A compelling first-hand account of the prosecution of one of America’s most notorious serial killers.
Practice Manual
Sound, practical instruction on how to plan and execute a winning cross examination.
Real-world advice for newly-hired prosecutors or law students serving clinical internships in a prosecutor's office.
An experimental volume I self-published which tells the stories of some of the cases I handled during my 32 year career as a trial lawyer.