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July's Final Friday's Webinar
Please join us for APA's latest "Final Friday's" webinar on Friday, July 25, 2014, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT, which will cover a review of Riley v. California and other significant criminal cases from the latest term of the United States Supreme Court. Though relatively few in number this term, these cases decide some important issues that all criminal justice practitioners should be aware of.  We will also take a look ahead to cases of interest that have already been granted cert and may be decided in the next term.  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.**
9th National Prosecution Summit: Innovative Prosecution and Community Safety
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), will host the 9th National Prosecution Summit: Innovative Prosecution and Community Safety from September 22-24, 2014 in Dallas, TX. The summit and lodging will take place at the Adolphus Hotel.  **Please click here to register.**

To view the draft agenda click here.  Further details regarding the summit agenda will follow. 

Seats are limited. Click here to reserve your hotel room today.

 Current News

In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviews
In an effort to ward off claims of false confessions, Miami-Dade police detectives will soon begin videotaping the entirety of their interviews with suspects in homicide cases.  That decision — made at the behest of prosecutors — means the county’s largest police department will finally join other local law enforcement agencies who for years have filmed their full interviews with people suspected in killings.  The measure also comes as the U.S. Department of Justice, in a major policy shift that went into effect this month, mandated that federal agents begin recording interviews with all suspects.
Miami Herald

OWI law change poses problem for prosecutors
Some Wisconsin prosecutors are concerned that a change in OWI law could allow drunken drivers who cause minor injuries to avoid criminal charges.  Wisconsin Act 224, which went into effect April 10, aimed to create mandatory minimum penalties for drunken car crashes that cause substantial injury and for seventh to 10th offense drunken driving charges.  But while drafting the bill legislators cut text from existing laws. The amended legislation prevents prosecutors from pursuing criminal charges for simple injury crashes, Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said.  That means prosecutors now can’t charge a drunken driver who causes minor injuries — bruises and scrapes — with OWi-Injury, a criminal offense. Their legal weapons are limited to a simple OWI, which isn’t a criminal charge for first offenders, Klomberg said.

Prosecutors: Expungement law has good, bad sides
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana law allowing some criminals to have their records expunged is drawing mixed reviews from judges and attorneys, who say parts of the law don’t make sense.
The goal of the measure that took effect last year is to improve nonviolent offenders’ chances of getting a job by shielding felony convictions from a background check done by potential employers.
Hundreds of offenders across the state have applied for expungement; Monroe County has processed 273 requests during the first six months of this year alone.
The Washington Times

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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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