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October Final Friday's Webinar
Please join us for APA's latest "Final Friday's" webinar on Friday, October 31, 2014, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT, "Going Forward Without The Victim: Evidence-Based Prosecution of Domestic Violence" which will examine evidence-based prosecution and enable prosecutors to try domestic violence cases where the victim is absent. The presenters will discuss tools and strategies for successfully prosecuting these difficult cases and the practical steps necessary to achieve success.  APA is seeking one credit of Continuing Legal Education credit from the State of Virginia for this webinar and can help attorney attendees qualify this webinar for CLE credit in their own jurisdictions.

**Please click HERE to register.**

The Office of the Attorney General of Virginia Law Enforcement Conference on Combating Animal Fighting
The Office of the Attorney General of Virginia Law Enforcement Conference on Combating Animal Fighting, sponsored by ASPCA and hosted by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the German Club on the campus of Virginia Tech.



 Current News

New Pennsylvania Law Protects Crime Victims
Ignoring the chants of protesters on the block where a Philadelphia police officer was killed decades ago and the cause célèbre of Mumia Abu-Jamal was born, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Tuesday a measure he said would curb the “obscene celebrity” cultivated by convicts at the expense of victims. The law allows prosecutors or crime victims to seek an injunction when an offender’s conduct “perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime,” including causing “mental anguish.”

New York Times

St. Charles County Missouri Prosecutor Launches Heroin Resistance Program For Teens
ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) – Heroin use is a growing epidemic in the U.S. and use among middle and high school aged students is on the rise. St. Charles County prosecutors are taking a proactive measure to expose middle school students to the deadly consequences heroin can have, even after just one use.

The preventative measure is a collaboration effort among the St. Charles County Drug Task Force, the drug court, the Prosecuting Attorney and other law enforcement agencies.


Houma Louisiana Man Arrested For Social Media Threats Against Prosecutor and Son
NEW ORLEANS —A Houma man was arrested Thursday after making threatening comments to the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney on Facebook, Louisiana State Police said.

According to a news release from State Police, 50-year-old Michael J. Martin made several Facebook posts critical of District Attorney Joe Waitz Jr., the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney's Office and the Thirty-Second Judicial District Judges.  "In one of the posts, Martin referenced District Attorney Joe Waitz's son, Joe Waitz III, and posted a life threatening comment," police said. "After investigating, troopers obtained an arrest warrant for Martin."

Martin was found at his home and was arrested on a charge of terrorizing.


 Technical Assistance

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys provides 24/7 technical assistance and professional case consultation to prosecutors. Please submit requests to the following email and you will be contacted within 24 hours: info@apainc.org

 About APA

APA was incorporated to act as a global forum for the exchange of ideas, allow prosecutors to collaborate with all criminal justice partners, conduct timely and effective technical assistance and provide access to technology for the enhancement of the prosecutorial function.

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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