Newsletter - Current News Newsen-us2014-08-21T11:00:06.357125-05:00PAWS Act Deal Would Require Vets To Report Suspected Animal Abuse News&newsletterid=30368/21/2014 12:00:00 AMBOSTON — The House and Senate have come to agreement on legislation stiffening penalties for animal abuse and requiring veterinarians to report suspected mistreatment. In October 2013 in response to reports of “Puppy Doe,” an abused 2-year-old pitbull, Senate Republicans filed legislation dubbed Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety, or PAWS Act.Officials call for stronger law on illegal gun possession News&newsletterid=30378/21/2014 12:00:00 AMAs a group of law-enforcement and elected officials called yesterday for a mandatory two-year sentence for people convicted of illegally carrying a firearm, kids in the South Philadelphia neighborhood watched and played. It was a beautiful, sunny day.State prosecutors to present evidence in Michael Brown case to grand jury News&newsletterid=30358/20/2014 12:00:00 AMFERGUSON, Mo. — A Missouri state prosecutor on Tuesday prepared to present evidence to a grand jury in the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, as Attorney General Eric H.Useful Tools in Sentencing News&newsletterid=30348/20/2014 12:00:00 AMIn “Sentencing, by the Numbers” (Op-Ed, Aug. 11), Sonja B.Bill to Change Rikers Island Prosecutor Is Challenged News&newsletterid=30338/20/2014 12:00:00 AMA bill championed by New York City corrections officers to have Queens County, not Bronx County, prosecute crimes committed on Rikers Island has been denounced by major players in the criminal justice system. On Tuesday, the New York Civil Liberties Union urged Gov.Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio News&newsletterid=30328/19/2014 12:00:00 AMIt's almost 4 p.m., and police officers Ernest Stevens and Ned Bandoske have been driving around town in their unmarked, black SUV since early this morning. The officers are part of San Antonio's mental health squad – a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may be an issue.Man Gets 15 Years in Attack on Prosecutor's Office News&newsletterid=30318/19/2014 12:00:00 AMAlan Leroy McVay hoped to delay the three-year burglary sentence he was facing last year. His idea was to destroy the records of his case by detonating a 7-gallon propane tank hurled through the window of the prosecutor's office.New strangulation rule helping Savannah prosecutors in domestic violence cases News&newsletterid=30288/18/2014 12:00:00 AMA 2007 murder conviction of a Pooler man in the strangulation of his wife prompted Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Parker Guyer to become a domestic violence prosecutor.  William Carey Mitchell, 48, was sentenced to life in prison in August 2007 for strangling his wife, Vickie Mitchell, who was found unresponsive in a Pooler motel room on April 21, 2004.Hearing could affect thousands of Del. drug cases News&newsletterid=30298/18/2014 12:00:00 AMWILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The fate of thousands of drug prosecutions could hinge on an upcoming hearing related to Delaware's troubled and now closed Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.Fighting 'anti-snitching' culture: Fear of testifying an issue in cases News&newsletterid=30308/18/2014 12:00:00 AMFifteen years ago, Angela Lyles saw Michael Miller shoot her friend Shawnita Campbell in the backseat of a car parked near Coolidge Avenue in Columbus. But when prosecutors needed her to testify in the murder case, she was nowhere to be found.More homicides are reported in states where you can ‘Stand Your Ground,’ report finds News&newsletterid=30258/15/2014 12:00:00 AMThe nation’s widely adopted “Stand Your Ground” laws may be driving up homicide rates and fueling racial bias in law enforcement, a new preliminary report from the American Bar Association warns.  Thirty-three states have enacted “Stand Your Ground” laws in the last decade, and nearly all states justify the use of deadly force when defending one’s home against an intruder.Dallas County DA plans unit to investigate all shootings by police News&newsletterid=30268/15/2014 12:00:00 AMAmid outcries over shootings involving police locally and nationwide, District Attorney Craig Watkins is planning to create a unit to independently investigate such cases in Dallas County.  Watkins said the two-person unit will go to the scene any time a shooting by police occurs.Wayne prosecutor, sheriff's office fight for increased budgets News&newsletterid=30278/15/2014 12:00:00 AMWayne County officials face weeks of squabbling — and possibly a year of blown budgets — as the prosecutor and sheriff’s offices continue to fight for millions of dollars more in funding.  The departments seek more than $43 million above what Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has recommended for them for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins Oct.Chesco opens first computer forensics lab News&newsletterid=30228/13/2014 12:00:00 AMWEST CHESTER — Officials announced the opening of the new Chester County Computer Forensics Lab for criminal investigations Monday.  The Computer Forensics Lab, referred to as the “CFL,” is the where the Chester County Detectives, who are the investigative arm of the district attorney’s office, will analyze and process electronic data.Smartphone 'kill switch' law passes in California News&newsletterid=30248/13/2014 12:00:00 AMA bill that requires all new smartphones sold in California to come loaded with a "kill switch" passed the legislature on Monday and is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.Boston vows to utilize tech, outreach to battle crime News&newsletterid=30238/13/2014 12:00:00 AMMayor Martin J. Walsh, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F.Prosecutors: Court ruling helps sex crime victims News&newsletterid=30198/12/2014 12:00:00 AMCOLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling removed legal obstacles that made it more difficult to prosecute sex abuse cases, particularly those involving children, prosecutors and victims' advocates said.Judges and prosecutors wonder how code revisions will play out News&newsletterid=30218/12/2014 12:00:00 AMPersons who were arrested beginning July 1 will be sentenced under the new criminal code, which Hoosier legislators updated in House Bill 1006.  Those charged with murder and higher level felonies “will continue to go to the Indiana Department of Corrections, but we’re going to need to create some other sentencing options for courts to deal with people no longer going to IDOC,” says Franklin Circuit Court Judge Steve Cox.Get Tougher on Human Trafficking, Top Prosecutors Say News&newsletterid=30208/12/2014 12:00:00 AMThe district attorneys of San Diego and Riverside counties joined a state senator Monday to urge passage of bills to treat human trafficking crimes committed by gang members with the same severity as other gang offenses, and to streamline prosecution of human trafficking.  The measures — both authored by Sen.Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson Takes on Wrongful Convictions News&newsletterid=30188/11/2014 12:00:00 AMKenneth Thompson campaigned for Brooklyn district attorney on a promise that, if elected, he would review more cases involving a police detective accused of coercing false confessions.  When he took office in January, Mr.Stronger laws needed to protect prosecutors News&newsletterid=30168/11/2014 12:00:00 AMJEFFERSON COUNTY - Weekend work, long hours and low pay couldn't keep Jessica Radke from public service.  The 2007 University of Kansas law school graduate, decided she wanted to be a prosecutor.Jefferson County to receive more than $300,000 for court pilot project News&newsletterid=30178/11/2014 12:00:00 AMLOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The average person arrested on a felony charge in Jefferson County will spend 161 days in jail before his or her case is resolved, more than a month above the average in Kentucky, according to statistics from the state.Shelby County district attorney's office offers free bikes to students with perfect attendance News&newsletterid=30128/7/2014 12:00:00 AMMEMPHIS, Tennessee — Shelby County officials are once again offering free bicycles to students who have perfect attendance during this school year.  In a news release, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich says students from 11 schools that participate in the District Attorney's Truancy Reduction Program will be eligible for the free bikes.Legislators, county DA laud tough new arson law News&newsletterid=30138/7/2014 12:00:00 AMCALN — The terrifying rash of arsons that plagued the greater Coatesville area in 2008 and 2009 was a time that no one in Chester County wants to see relived any time soon, and a number of local legislators and the county’s District Attorney gathered Wednesday to laud a new law designed prevent that that more seriously punish those who would put others at risk with fire.  Sen.K2 bedevils law enforcement, prosecutors with ever-changing compounds News&newsletterid=30158/7/2014 12:00:00 AMDiffering variations of leafy substances wrapped in foil packages with names such as "Black Mr. Devil" sprout up in convenience stores, mom-and-pop shops or on websites and trouble authorities.