Cook was a criminal prosecutor in Georgia for over 13 years before joining the faculty at the University of Georgia School of Law where he taught Criminal Law & Procedure for 18 years before retiring in 2019.
He served as the elected District Attorney for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit from 1990-2000. During his lengthy prosecution career, he tried over 120 jury trials including murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, child molestation, and a host of other felony cases - including six death penalty cases.
Upon leaving active prosecution in 2001, he became the Director of UGA Law's Prosecutorial Justice Program where he taught aspiring prosecutors how to competently, aggressively, and ethically prosecute criminal cases. His teaching emphasized the importance of the Rule of Law in achieving the Criminal Justice System's goal of safeguarding the person and property of law-abiding citizens - while also affording due process of law to those accused of committing crimes.
He has written several practice manuals that are used extensively by Georgia prosecutors including Cook's Field Guide to Prosecution in Georgia, 2nd and the CMBrief, A Comprehensive Trial Brief for Prosecuting Child Sexual Abuse Case in Georgia.
In his retirement, Cook continues to write, offer training sessions to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and child forensic interviewers. He is also available upon request to provide consultation services to fiction writers and TV/movie scriptwriters, and to give guest lectures to school and community groups.
For information about Cook's publications, training sessions, consultation services, or speaking engagements, you may contact him at [email protected]
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