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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

Philadelphia Mental Health Court Possible Alternative For Non-Violent Offenders
The First Judicial District Mental Health Court marked its fifth anniversary last month, a milestone for an alternative to incarcerating mentally ill defendants who have committed non-violent crimes.

The specialized court was instituted in 2009 and is for mentally ill defendants who are either awaiting sentencing or are serving out a sentence. Advocates for sentencing and judicial reform believe it helps lower recidivism and the long term costs of incarceration. The mental health court provides an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders with mental illness and co-occurring disorders by preparing them for re-entry into more effective treatments in supervised community settings.

Philadelphia Tribune

West Virginia Supreme Court Says Attorney General May Not Prosecute Cases
The West Virginia Supreme Court has denied Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s bid to prosecute criminal cases.

Morrisey’s plan had sparked strong opposition from county prosecutors, who alleged Morrisey was trying to usurp their authority. In a 54-page decision issued Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Morrisey has no legal authority to assist county prosecutors and put criminals behind bars, even if prosecutors request the attorney general’s help.

The West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Association opposed Morrisey’s bid to prosecute cases.

Charleston Gazette

New Jersey Judge Says Dashboard Camera Recordings Are Public Record
Videos routinely captured by cameras mounted in police cars during traffic stops and other law enforcement activities are public records and cannot be withheld because they pertain to criminal or internal affairs investigations, a state judge has ruled in two separate cases.

The rulings, handed down Friday by state Superior Court Judge Vincent Grasso in Ocean County, came a month after Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation requiring all new police vehicles used primarily for traffic enforcement to be equipped with dashboard cameras.


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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

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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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