The first trial results in a hung jury, and the second results in an acquittal. People versus Melissa Goings, October 10, 1857; 15. Before becoming a prosecutor, Professor Dekle served from 1973 to 1975 as an Assistant Public Defender in the Third Judicial Circuit. The author describes succinctly that Lincoln was a first rate attorney, especially in his counsel in criminal cases. Much of this proficiency came from his empathy--putting himself in the place of another and experiencing what they were feeling. When the case comes up for retrial, Lincoln has joined the defense team. As Dekle deals with each case, he first tells the stories of the feuds, arguments, and insults that led to murder and other criminal activity, giving a gripping view of the seamy side of life in nineteenth-century Illinois.
The trial of accused criminals was an important part of his practice, and Lincoln was quite capable of defending murder cases. While murder cases were not a large part of his practice, Lincoln's defense of those charged with murder demonstrates that he was skilled in the art of cross-examination and clever in convincing juries. 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. It a must read for anyone interested in evaluating Lincoln as a trial attorney. He is indicted and tried for murder, and the jury hangs.
Dekle concludes that Lincoln was a competent, diligent criminal trial lawyer who knew the law, could argue it effectively to both judge and jury, and would use all lawful means to defend clients whether they were innocent or guilty. Some of the stories and anecdotes in Prairie Defender are amusing. She disappears from the courthouse during a recess in the proceedings. Criminal defendants who could retain Lincoln as a defense attorney were well represented, and criminal defense attorneys who sought him as co-counsel were well served to have had Lincoln as a trial partner. In 1986 he received the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association's Gene Barry Memorial Award as the outstanding assistant state attorney in the state. Attempts to understand how Lincoln could have associated himself with efforts to pardon such an unrepentant and unworthy person as George High.
Could this possibly have happened? Lincoln again has to sue to collect his fee. Harrison, where he was very well compensated. Dekle devotes a chapter to each of Lincoln's well-documented criminal cases, paying particular attention to homicide cases. According to conventional wisdom, Abraham Lincoln spent most of his law career collecting debt and representing railroads, and this focus made him inept at defending homicide cases. Then he traces the course of the pretrial litigation, describes the trials and the various tactics employed in the prosecution and defense, and critiques the performance of both Lincoln and his adversaries. Lincoln is appointed to represent him, loses the case, and Fraim is hanged despite Lincoln's efforts to have the case dismissed on a technicality.
People versus Isaac Wyant, April 5, 1857; 13. On a second level, Prairie Defender is packed with intriguing trial war stories. This case is often cited as an example of Lincoln's use of underhanded tactics. It also serves as the Illinois historical library. Douglas, the defense faces the daunting task of trying to neutralize an almost open-and-shut case for the prosecution.
We investigate this charge to determine its merits. The Legacy of Lincoln the Lawyer; Appendix: Counties and County Seats of Lincoln's Eighth Judicial Circuit; Notes; Bibliography; Index; About the Author; Back Cover. We have been existing for over 8 years, our system is a very strong and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas and directives. Dekle goes on to apply the vowels to the case. People versus William Fraim, April 23, 1839; 3. This is a book that belongs in the library of anyone with an interest in trial work, Lincoln or just a good read. Lincoln writes and circulates a petition asking the prosecutor to drop the charges.
People versus William Duff Armstrong, May 7, 1858; 16. The author describes succinctly that Lincoln was a first rate attorney, especially in his counsel in criminal cases. On the face of things, the Wyant case had all the vowels. We investigate whether Lincoln engaged in improper conduct in the case. Dekle has authored a number of books, which reflect his deep interest in both trial advocacy and legal history. Also discusses the commonly held belief that Lincoln was not an accomplished criminal trial lawyer. People versus Spencer Turner, May 23, 1840; 4.
The prosecutor dismisses the case. The chapter investigates whether this case really supports the claim that Lincoln was not a good prosecutor. Much of this comes from his empathy by putting himself in the place of another and experience what they were feeling. 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. Truett, October 13, 1838; 2. Various Criminal Cases, 1850-53; 8. You are with the right people so just get started.
During that time he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases, from criminal mischief to capital murder. In a sensational, high-profile case Lincoln obtains an acquittal. Dekle devotes a chapter to each of Lincoln's well-documented criminal cases, paying particular attention to homicide cases. Of the five vowels, a is the most important, and the next three, e , i , and o are essential for the prosecutor to have that critical first ingredient. It is signed by 14 members of the bar. Dekle served as an Assistant State Attorney from 1975 through 2005.