George R (Bob) Dekle, Sr.

George R. (Bob) Dekle, Sr.

Works

PRAIRIE DEFENDER: THE MURDER TRIALS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
According to the conventional wisdom, Abraham Lincoln didn't like to try criminal cases, wasn't very good at trying criminal cases, and was especially bad at defending murder cases. This book seeks to correct the conventional wisdom and show Lincoln to be a very good criminal defense attorney.


ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S MOST FAMOUS CASE: THE ALMANAC TRIAL
Examines the prosecution of People v. Armstrong. Looks at the commission of the crime itself, Lincoln's successful defense, at how the story of the trial captured the popular imagination, and how the story acquired its mythical elements.

THE LAST MURDER: THE INVESTIGATION, PROSECUTION, AND EXECUTION OF TED BUNDY
"The reader learns not only how the investigation and prosecution of a complex circumstantial case is put together, but also the terrifying truth that there is often a gap between what we know and what we can prove."
–Michael L. Seigel, Research Foundation Prof. of Law, University of Florida

CROSS EXAMINATION HANDBOOK: PERSUASION, STRATEGIES, AND TECHNIQUES
Take decisive control in cross-examination. All the skills and strategies you need are here in the Cross-Examination Handbook: Persuasion, Strategies and Techniques. Straightforward step-by-step instruction combined with outstanding examples from illustrious trials.

PROSECUTION PRINCIPLES: A CLINICAL HANDBOOK
This handbook explores every aspect of the prosecutor's multiple roles, relating them to commonly encountered real-world situations and giving pragmatic guidance for dealing with those situations. It investigates the history, theory, and philosophy of prosecution and provides the student with a conceptual framework for employing sound techniques of ethical prosecutorial advocacy. By looking at each stage of the criminal prosecution from the unique vantage point of the prosecutor, it enables students to receive maximum benefit from the clinical setting and prepares them for the efficient discharge of their duties as entry-level prosecutors.

THE CASE AGAINST CHRIST: A CRITIQUE OF THE PROSECUTION OF JESUS
Some two thousand years ago, in a small province of the Roman Empire, an obscure Roman governor ordered the execution of a peasant leader. It went virtually unnoticed at the time. No official report of the event has survived, and we would have no memory at all of it except for the efforts of a handful of followers of the condemned man. Those followers who kept that memory alive changed the course of history, and the results of their efforts continue to reverberate to this day.

Conventional interpretation says that the execution of Jesus of Nazareth came on the heels of a series illegal trials before a number of different tribunals, and at the culmination of that series of trials a moral coward by the name of Pontius Pilate ordered Jesus’ execution despite being satisfied that he was innocent. Revisionist interpretation says that there was no trial at all, that Pilate simply executed Jesus because he was a nuisance, and that Jesus’ followers invented the story of his execution as a means of shifting the blame from the Roman government to a group of people whom they despised—the Jews.

Are the Gospels good history or bad propaganda? Does a fair reading of the Gospel accounts support either the conventional or the revisionist interpretation of the trial of Jesus? Who, if anyone, should shoulder the blame for the crucifixion of Jesus? The Case against Christ seeks to answer these questions by treating the matter as a forensic death investigation and answering the questions as they might be answered by a prosecutor attempting to determine who should be held criminally responsible for the death of Jesus.

CHRONICLES OF CRIME AND CRIMINALS
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.

MISCELLANEOUS EBOOKS
Miscellaneous works of uneven quality published in ebook format.

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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.
Miscellaneous