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John F. Decker

  • jdecker1@depaul.edu
  • Emeritus Professor of Law
  • Emeritus
  • (312) 362-8740
  • 311 Lewis Center

Before Professor Decker assumed emeritus professor status, he was the founder and long-time director of the College of Law's highly successful Field Placement Program. In addition, he developed at DePaul a first-class criminal law curriculum, which sparked the creation of the Criminal Law Program that he also directed. He has worked extensively as a faculty member at continuing legal education conferences for Illinois judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys. Professor Decker's extensive publications include treatises and books, including Illinois Criminal Law (4th ed. 2006) and numerous law review articles that focus on criminal law and procedure issues. He has been recognized as Outstanding Teacher by both the College of Law and university. Similarly, his scholarship has merited him the college's Excellence in Scholarship Award and the university's Spirit of Inquiry Award. In 2007, Decker was awarded the Via Sapientiae Award, the highest academic award bestowed upon a member of the DePaul community.

Professor Decker has been a visiting professor at the University College Dublin (Ireland) in and the University of San Francisco School of Law. He has practiced law in both California and Illinois.

Currently, Professor Decker is special advisor to the Criminal Law Edit, Alignment and Reform (CLEAR) Initiative, which effort seeks to create a politically viable process to review and reform the entire Illinois Criminal Code in order to make it more clear, understandable and consistent.

Education

BA, University of Iowa; JD, Creighton; LLM and JSD, New York University

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure

Publications

  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Miscellaneous

Articles

2011 With P. Baroni , No Still Means "Yes": The Failure of the "Non-Consent" Reform Movement in American Rape and Sexual Assault Law, 101 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 1081 (2011) string;#Click Here
2008 The Mental State Requirement for Accomplice Liability in American Criminal Law, 60 S.C. L. Rev. 237 (2008). string;#Click Here
2005 With C. Kopacz & C. Toto, Curbing Aggressive Police Tactics During Routine Traffic Stops in Illinois, 36 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 819 (2005). string;#Click Here
2005 Legislating New Federalism: The Call for Grand Jury Reform in the States, 58 Okla. L. Rev. 341 (2005). string;#Click Here
2004 The Varying Parameters of Obstruction of Justice in American Criminal Law, 65 La. L. Rev. 49 (2004). string;#Click Here
2004 Overbreadth Outside the First Amendment, 34 N.M.L. Rev. 53 (2004). string;#Click Here
2004 Don’t Forget to Wear Your Hunter Orange (or Flack Jacket): A Critique on the Lack of Criminal Prosecution of Hunting “Accidents”, 56 S.C.L. Rev. 135 (2004). string;#Click Here
2003 Post-Instruction Issues: Jury Deliberations and Verdict, 34 Loy. U. Chi. L. J. 569 (2003). string;#Click Here
2002 Addressing Vagueness, Ambiguity, and Other Uncertainty in American Criminal Laws, 80 Denv. U. L. Rev. 241 (2002). string;#Click Here
1999 Emergency Circumstances, Police Responses, and Fourth Amendment Restrictions, 89 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 433 (1999). string;#Click Here
1996 The Sixth Amendment Right to Shoot Oneself in the Foot: An Assessment of the Guarantee of Self-Representation Twenty Years after Faretta, 6 (Seton Hall) Const. L. J. 483 (1996). string;#Click Here
1989 “Last Chance” State Judicial Review in Criminal Cases - Illinois' Collateral Attack Remedies: A Call for a Principled Jurisprudence, 38 DePaul L. Rev. 201 (1989). string;#Click Here
1988 With John F. Kennedy, Judicial Admonishments in Illinois Guilty Plea Proceedings, 19 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 855 (1988). string;#Click Here
1982 Expert Services in the Defense of Criminal Cases: The Constitutional and Statutory Rights of Indigents, 51 U. Cin. L. Rev. 574 (1982), reprinted in 8 Crim. L. Rev. 267 (1984) and in 5 The Defender No. 4, 5 & 6. string;#Click Here
1981 A Critique of the Draft International Criminal Code, 52 Revue Int'l de Droit Penal 365 (1981). string;#
1980 Collateral Consequences of a Felony Conviction in Illinois, 56 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 731 (1980). string;#Click Here
1978 Police Sensitivity and Responsiveness to Minority Community Needs: A Critical Assessment, 12 Val. U.L. Rev. 467 (1978). string;#Click Here
1977 With Joel Handler, Voiceprint Identification Evidence - Out of the Frye Pan and Into Admissibility, 26 Am. U.L. Rev. 314 (1977). string;#Click Here
1977 With R. Moriarty & E. Albert, The Demise of Procedural Protections in Laywitness Identifications in Federal Court: Who is the Culprit, 9 Loy. U Chi. L.J. 335 (1977). string;#Click Here
1977 Joinder and Severance in Federal Criminal Cases: An Examination of Judicial Interpretation of the Federal Rules, 53 Notre Dame L. Rev. 147 (1977). string;#Click Here
1976 The Question of International Barriers to Decriminalization or Depenalization of Marihuana in Illinois, 64 ILL B.J. 418 (1976). string;#
1975 With Joel Handler, Electronic Surveillance: Standards, Restrictions and Remedies, 12 Cal. W.L. Rev. 60 (1975). string;#Click Here
1973 The Case for Recognition of an Absolute Defense or Mitigation in Crimes Without Victims, 5 St. Mary's L.J. 40 (1973). string;#Click Here
1973 The Official Report of the National Commission Studying Marihuana: More Misunderstanding, 8 U.S.F.L. Rev. 1 (1973). string;#Click Here
1973 With A. Currie and J. Van Der Vaart, International Control of Cannabis Sativa: Alternative Approaches, 3 J. Drug Issues 240 (1973). string;#
1972 Curbside Deterrence? An Analysis of the Slug-Rejector Device, Coin-View Window, and Warning Labels on Slug Usage in New York City Parking Meters, 10 Criminology 127 (1972), reprinted in Deviance : Studies in Definition, Management and Treatment (2d ed, New York : Oxford University Press, 1975) and in Situational Crime Prevention : Successful Case Studies (New York : Harrow and Hestor Publishers, 1992). string;#Click Here

Books

2014 With R. Ruebner, Illinois Decisions on Search and Seizure (3rd ed., Illinois State Bar Association, forthcoming 2014) string;#Click Here
2009 With B. Ottley, Arson Law and Prosecution (Carolina Academic Press, 2009). string;#
2006 With C. Kopacz, Illinois Criminal Law: A Survey of Crimes and Defenses (4th ed. Lexis 2006) with 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 supplements. string;#
2005 With R. Ruebner, Illinois Decisions on Search and Seizure (Illinois State Bar Association, 2005) with 2007 and 2010 supplements. string;#
2005 Illinois Criminal Law: A Survey of Crimes and Defenses (3d. ed., Lexis, 2000) with 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 Supplements. string;#
2004 With B. Ottley, The Investigation and Prosecution of Arson (Lexis, 1999) with 2000, 2002 and 2004 Supplements. string;#
1998 Illinois Criminal Law: A Survey of Crimes and Defenses (2d ed., Butterworth, 1993) with 1995 and 1998 Supplements. string;#
1992 Revolution to the Right: Criminal Procedure Jurisprudence during the Burger-Rehnquist Court Era (Garland, 1992). string;#
1991 Illinois Criminal Law: A Survey of Crimes and Defenses (Butterworth, 1986) with 1988, 1990 and 1991 Supplements. string;#
1981 Editor, Criminal Justice After Trial (1981) (Not published. Prepared solely for the use of students at DePaul U.C. of Law in course entitled "Administration of Criminal Justice: Post Trial"). string;#
1979 Prostitution: Regulation and Control (Rothman, 1979). string;#

Book Chapters

1994 Symbolism and the Criminal Justice System, Ch. 13 in Criminal Justice in a Global Society: Essays in Honor of G.O.W. Mueller (E. Wise ed., 1994). string;#
1990 Substantive Elements of Illinois Arson Statutes & Other Related Statutes, Ch. 11 in Illinois Attorney General Arson Training & Prosecution Manual (State of Illinois Office of Attorney General, 1990). string;#
1987 Prostitution as a Public Health Issue, ch. 6 in AIDS and the Law: A Guide for the Public (Yale U. Press, 1987). string;#

Miscellaneous

2004 Recent Developments on Search and Seizure in Illinois, in Illinois State’s Attorney’s Association Annual Winter Training Conference Materials (2004). string;#
2003 Recent Developments on Search and Seizure in Illinois, in Illinois State’s Attorney’s Association Annual Winter Training Conference Materials (2003). string;#
2003 What’s New With the Fourth Amendment? in Chicago Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar Materials: Criminal Law Committee Program (2003). string;#
2001 Post-Instruction Issues: Jury Deliberations and Verdict, in Chicago Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar Materials: Capital Case Training Program (2001). string;#
2001 Search and Seizure: 2001 Update, Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Seminar 2000-2001 Seminar Series – Constitutional Issues in Criminal Cases (Regional Seminar, 2001). string;#
1992 Investigatory Stops and Frisks of Motorists and Pedestrians in Illinois: an Update, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Associate Judge Seminar, 1992). string;#
1992 Forfeiture: A Review of Selected Illinois Enactments, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Associate Judge and Circuit Judge Seminar, 1992). string;#
1990 Investigatory Stops and Frisks of Motorists and Pedestrians in Illinois, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Circuit Judge Seminar, 1990). string;#
1989 Police Interrogation: An Update on the Case Law, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Circuit Judge Seminar, 1989). string;#
1988 Pro Se Defendants: An Outline of the Case Law, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Circuit Judge Seminar, 1988). string;#
1988 Restricting Peremptory Challenges Against Minorities: An Outline of the Case Law, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Circuit Judge Seminar, 1988). string;#
1987 Initial Court Appearance in Criminal Case, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Associate Judge Seminar, 1987). string;#
1986 With Leonard Cavise, Management of Voir Dire in a Criminal Case, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Circuit Judge Seminar, 1986). string;#
1986 Management in a Criminal Jury Trial: Post-Instruction Issues, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Associate Judge Seminar, 1986). string;#
1985 An Update on Admonishments and Pleas of Guilty, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Associate Judge Seminar, 1985). string;#
1984 Access To Expertise, 101 F.R.D. 635 (1984). string;#
1984 The Exclusionary Rule: Its Development, Its Scope and the 'Good Faith' Exception, in Reading and Reference Materials Illinois Judicial Conference (Associate Judge Seminar, 1984). string;#
1984 Recent Developments in the Law of Arrest Search and Seizure, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Associate Judge Seminar, 1984). string;#
1983 Evidentiary Problems in Illinois Sentencing Hearings, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Associate Judge Seminar, 1983). string;#
1982 Materials on Preliminary Hearings, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Associate Judge Seminar, 1982). string;#
1982 Admonishments and Pleas of Guilty, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Associate Judge Seminar, 1982). string;#
1981 With Paul Marcus, Arrests and the Fourth Amendment Warrant Requirement, in Reading and Reference Materials: Illinois Judicial Conference (Circuit Judge Seminar, 1981). string;#
1973 Comments, Right to Counsel: The Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright in the Fifty States, 3 Creighton L. Rev. 103 (1973). string;#Click Here