Nov. 17, 2014 | Volume XXII, Issue 14

Faculty Scholarship & Activities

Published: January 21st, 2014

Category: News

Bob Dekle
Master Lecturer; Director, Criminal Prosecution Clinic; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

“Judge has leeway on whether to revoke Alexander’s bond, experts say” (Jan. 9, 2014, Florida Times-Union)

Dekle commented on a case in which a defendant under house arrest could be sent back to jail for leaving her home outside of what the judge allowed in his original order. The defendant’s lawyer is arguing that the travel was approved by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

From the article:
“It would depend in large part on the personality of a judge,” said George R. “Bob” Dekle, a University of Florida law professor who said it’s not unusual to have disputes about exactly what the rules are when defendants are out of jail on bond.

“There are some judges who would say ‘you knew what the rules were … You’re just out of luck, you’ve violated,’” Dekle said. “There are other judges who are sympathetic.”

“Accused Movie Theater Shooter Said He Was ‘In Fear of Being Attacked’” (Jan. 14, 2014, ABC News)

A former Florida police captain is accused of shooting and killing a man at a movie theater after a brief argument. The article raises the question of whether Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law can be used by the defense.

From the article:
“Here’s the thing,” said Bob Dekle, legal skills professor at Levin. “It’s not whether or not you’re in fear. If the standard about shooting were fear that would give cowards carte blanche. The question is was there reasonable fear, was the fear reasonable?”

Dekle said the defense would be expected to raise the issue before or at Reeves’ arraignment.

“If you remember back to the Trayvon Martin case, the defense didn’t go forward with Stand Your Ground because the burden of proof was on them to show it was reasonable,” Dekle said. In the Zimmerman trial, he claimed self defense and did not invoke the stand your ground law.

Kenneth Nunn
Professor of Law; Associate Director, Center on Children and Families; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

“Accused Movie Theater Shooter Said He Was ‘In Fear of Being Attacked’” (Jan. 14, 2014, ABC News)

A former Florida police captain is accused of shooting and killing a man at a movie theater after a brief argument. The article raises the question of whether Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law can be used by the defense.

From the article:
“This could be a situation where Stand Your Ground is used. The defendant’s statements to police is information that could be used to establish self-defense,” said Kenneth B. Nunn, professor of law of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. “But part of self defense requires you to retreat if you can do so in complete safety.”

D. Daniel Sokol
Associate Professor

Sokol presented his paper “Designing Optimal Cartel Deterrence” at the European University Institute and at NYU Law School.

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