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April's Final Friday's Webinar
In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In recognition, APA is hosting the webinar, “Rape on Campus: Effective Prosecution of Sex Offenders at Institutes of Higher Education” on Friday, April 25th from 3:00 – 4:00pm (EDT).  Studies commissioned by the National Institute of Justice estimate that 20-25% percent of women are raped in college, and that, in 79-90% of cases, the perpetrator was not a stranger, but rather an acquaintance, friend, or other non-stranger. Non-stranger rapists are adept at creating, identifying, and manipulating perceived vulnerabilities in their victims through the use of premeditated tactics and non-traditional weapons. This presentation will focus on alcohol-facilitated sexual assaults, with an emphasis on non-stranger rapists (e.g., motivations and characteristics, myths and misconceptions, serial and crossover offending, etc.). John F. Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, will also discuss strategies for overcoming the unique challenges these offenders present on college campuses. One substantive CLE credit has been applied for from the Virginia State Bar. If you would like to download a flyer click here. **Please click HERE to register**

4th National Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), in partnership with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia (PAC), will host the 4th National Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference from May 5-7th in Atlanta, GA. This conference will bring together prosecutors and professionals in the criminal justice and animal welfare field.   Please click here to register. Please note that registration is free. Please click here for the agenda (subject to change).Scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis please click here to download the application.

 Current News

Area prosecutors concerned about NM Supreme Court ruling
Clovis, NM - Area prosecutors are concerned after the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled the state's child porn law ambiguous.  The court's ruling on Monday said the law is unclear on if prosecutors can bring multiple charges against someone for possessing more than one image or video of child porn. This means the way attorneys prosecute offenders has to change.  The ruling overturned the convictions of two Eastern New Mexico men. James Olsson and Willard (William) Ballard were both charged with multiple counts of possession, but now they can only receive one.

Supreme Court upholds California police search based on 911 tip
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the authority of police officers to stop cars and question drivers based on anonymous tips to hotlines.  In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that such stops do not amount to an unreasonable search or seizure, even if the arresting officer did not observe the vehicle speeding or swerving.  The decision affirms a ruling of the California courts.
Los Angeles Times

7th arrest in kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father
RALEIGH, N.C. - Authorities have made a seventh arrest in the kidnapping case of a North Carolina prosecutor's father, reports CBS affiliate WSPA.  The U.S. Attorney's Office said that 21-year-old Jakym Tibbs was apprehended in Harrisburg, Pa., on Monday morning, according to the station. The suspect had a scheduled court appearance at 1:30 p.m.  Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice charged Tibbs and Quantavious Thompson - who was arrested on Wednesday - with conspiracy to kidnap 63-year-old Frank Janssen from his home in Wake Forest, N.C., on April 5. The victim was rescued on April 9 when FBI agents raided the Atlanta apartment where he was being held.
CBS News

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In addition, APA will serve as a model organization and an advocate for prosecutors on emerging issues related to the administration of justice.

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