Faculty Scholarship & Activities

Published: March 17th, 2014

Category: News

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

“Gamble on golf? Beware of police visit” (March 5, 2014, Tampa Bay Times)

Dekle commented on this article that sheds light on an investigation by Tarpon Springs police to cut down on wagers during golf matches.

From the article:
“On the Richter scale of crime, this has got to be in the minus,” said Bob Dekle, a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. “I don’t see a prosecutor being wildly enthusiastic about prosecuting the case unless there are thousands and thousands of dollars being bet.”

Tarpon Springs police spokesman Capt. Jeffrey Young said his officers were investigating the potential violation of two state statutes: keeping a gambling house and game promotion in connection with the sale of consumer products or services.

Although a suspect could violate either statute without profiting from the gambling, Dekle still believed a prosecutor would be reluctant to present the case to jury, at least given the information police have provided thus far.

“Lethal Justice: State Attorney Corey far outpaces Florida’s prosecutors in sending people to Death Row” (March 8, 2014, The Florida Times-Union)

This article points out that State Attorney Angela Corey has “put more people on Death Row than any other prosecutor in Florida,” and looks at how this has been beneficial or detrimental in various ways.

From the article:
George “Bob” Dekle, prosecutor of serial killer Ted Bundy and a law school professor at the University of Florida, said there always will be a death-penalty disparity based on who is in charge.

“As long as we have human beings making these decisions, we’re going to have disparities in the administration of justice,” Dekle said.

It’s a matter of debate among prosecutors, with some pushing for the death penalty in only the most extreme circumstances and others almost automatically whenever it can be justified.

“It’s an awesome and awful responsibility,” Dekle said.

Robert Jerry
UF Law Dean; Levin Mabie & Levin Professor of Law

“UF law school dean brushes off slide in national ranking” (March 11, 2014, The Gainesville Sun)

Jerry addressed UF Law’s small dip in the U.S. News rankings, pointing out that the ranking is not the final authority on the true quality of law schools.

From the article:
UF Law Dean Robert Jerry said he wasn’t worried about FSU’s leap forward.

“I’m not losing sleep about it because I think most of the world has come to understand that this formula has become so flawed, it doesn’t have much meaning anymore,” Jerry said. “Some of the information that goes into the U.S. News formula is so bizarre by inclusion or omission, it’s hard to get concerned when a school moves any number.”

For example, Jerry said, there are 27 factors that go into the employment rankings, none of which are publicly disclosed. And employment accounts for 18 percent of the total score.

Another 25 percent of the score is based on admissions data — GPA averages, LSAT scores and acceptance rates, and 9.75 percent of the ranking is based on expenditures — areas that schools can manipulate by various policies, Jerry said.

“UF falls behind FSU in law ranks, holds meeting to address concerns” (March 12, 2014, The Alligator)

This article reports on a meeting Jerry had with law students addressing UF Law’s dip in U.S. News law rankings.

From the article:
Jerry will be leaving office in three months, and he said he hopes the new dean’s fresh start will take the college in a positive direction.

He also said regardless of rank, UF’s reputation carries significant weight in the professional realm.

“Our graduates are getting good jobs,” he said. “They’re getting real jobs.”