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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

Cellphone thefts surge across region, nation
Over five randomly chosen days this month, a cellphone was taken from a woman on Rockville Pike in Montgomery County, a man on Westway Lane in Prince William County, a man on West Glebe Road in Arlington County, and a woman on I Street NW in the District.  A recent Consumer Reports survey suggests that those four Washington area robberies are part of a huge upsurge in the number of such crimes across the country.  On Thursday, Consumer Reports posted a projection — based on its survey — of the number of smartphone thefts committed last year in the United States. The publication said on its Web site that about 3.1 million Americans were victims last year of smartphone theft. That, according to Consumer Reports, is nearly double the number indicated by a survey in 2012.
The Washington Post

DA to Pass on Prosecuting Low-Level Marijuana Cases
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said he plans to enact a new policy under which the office would not prosecute low-level marijuana possession cases for people with no criminal record or a "very minimal" one, according to an office memo.  "It makes no sense for the criminal justice system, including the district attorney's office, to devote its scarce resources to lengthy case processing," said the April 10 memo, which explained the still-to-be implemented plans. It also said "We are pouring money and effort into an endeavor that produces no public safety benefit for the community."  The memo, which has been sent to the New York City Police Department, follows Thompson's campaign arguments that questioned the usefulness of pressing low-level marijuana cases (NYLJ, Sept. 9, 2013).
New York Law Journal

New Law Allows Children To Use Therapy Dogs In Oklahoma Courts
TULSA, Oklahoma - A new law signed by Governor Fallin will bring changes to courtrooms across Oklahoma. If requested, judges must allow registered therapy dogs in the courts to comfort abused children as they struggle with taking the stand.  Beginning in 2010, the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office began having therapy dogs sit alongside children in court to help calm them down.  But with the governor's signature, this could be a practice many people will be seeing more often.  Courtroom dogs Boo, Missy, Morgan and Nala, all have distinct and different personalities. But one thing they share is the ability to serve a priceless role during difficult court cases. They all serve as comfort for abused children while they testify.

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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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