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Bob Dekle
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Retired Prosecutor
Retired Prosecutor

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QUORA QUESTION: How do lawyers evaluate the truthfulness of eye witness testimony?
At a bare minimum, you should look at the demeanor of the witness, the inherent probability of the account, any internal inconsistencies in the account, whether the account is consistent with previous statements by the witness, whether the witness has any b...
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A MILESTONE REACHED
It seems like forever that I have been transcribing the testimony from the 4,000+ page record of the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann in the Lindbergh Kidnapping Case. I have transcribed up to page 1,079, which means I am more than 20% through the transcrip...
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QUORA QUESTION: Was there a massacre performed by the U.S. military after the Japanese troops had surrendered at Iwo Jima?
Was there a massacre performed by the U.S. military after the Japanese troops had surrendered at Iwo Jima? Bob Dekle , former Assistant State Attorney (1975-2005) There was no formal surrender. The Japanese weren’t into surrendering. After a little over a m...
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QUORA QUESTION: How many major battles would a regular soldier usually fight in the American Civil War?
Oddly enough, one of the soldiers most likely to die in combat during the Civil War was a Brigadier General. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, my favorite Union General, fought in the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Battle of Cold Harbor,...
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QUORA QUESTION: As a lawyer, what is the worst behavior by a client you’ve ever witnessed?
I’m going to have to say it was the defendant who sucker punched me during a sentencing hearing. When I got up off the floor I had completely changed my mind about recommending probation. He wound up doing a year (the maximum sentence) for the crime, and he...
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QUORA QUESTION: WHAT'S THE FUNNIEST COURT CASE YOU'VE SEEN?
It’s a tie: [1] I defended a guy once on a robbery charge. The clerk in the convenience store hit the silent alarm, but the police didn’t take it too seriously because that particular store was always accidentally tripping the alarm. Officer Friendly came s...
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SIX CAPSULES: THE GILDED AGE MURDER OF HELEN POTTS
My latest book is nearing publication. and I am quite happy about how things are going with it. Unlike some previous publishers I've worked with, Kent State University Press did not ask for my input on cover design, which is fine with me. Most other publish...
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QUORA QUESTION: ON A PURELY MORAL BASIS, RATHER THAN A PRACTICAL ONE, TO YOU THINK THERE ARE ANY CRIMES/PEOPLE THAT DESERVE THE DEATH PENALTY?
Yes. Here’s a non-exclusive list of reasons I think the death penalty is morally justified gleaned from some of the First Degree Murder cases I prosecuted. DERRICK MANNING —Shot and killed two deputy sheriffs who were investigating a sexual battery complain...
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A NEW REVIEW OF "PRAIRIE DEFENDER"
I just got in a copy of an advertising flyer from Southern Illinois University Press. It highlighted some of their newer books on Lincoln, and Prairie Defender was one of the books included, along with an excerpt from a review of the book published in the M...
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