Newsletter - Current Newshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current Newsen-us2014-12-20T09:47:59.793125-06:00Busted: 9 Plead Guilty In Largest Cockfighting Sting In New York Historyhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=314212/19/2014 12:00:00 AMThe New York attorney general's office announced Wednesday that nine of the 70 people arrested in a giant cockfighting bust in New York have plead guilty. Among the nine men caught in a sting called "Operation Angry Birds," two farmers plead guilty and received felony convictions.Middlesex Massachusetts District Attorney Launches Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Campaignhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=314012/19/2014 12:00:00 AMMiddlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced a new county-wide Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign to reduce Sudden Unexpected Infant Death at Winchester Hospital on Dec. 11.Bristol Massachusetts District Attorney Sutter Elected Mayor of Fall Riverhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=313912/18/2014 12:00:00 AMBristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter won a crowded, unusual mayoral race in Fall River on Tuesday night, setting the stage for his possible departure as the county&#8217;s top prosecutor before former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez stands trial for murder next month.Bittersweet Holiday Tradition Helps Families Honor Crime Victimshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=313812/17/2014 12:00:00 AMTwo-year-old Makynlee Patton was not yet born when her grandmother, Jeanie Patton, died as a result of a sniper&#8217;s bullet.</p><p>This year marks the first Christmas that Mary Lou Morrison will spend without her only brother, George A.Philadelphia District Attorney and APA Board Member Seth Williams Drops 45 Pounds To Help Fight ALShttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=313712/16/2014 12:00:00 AMYO, HAVE YOU seen District Attorney Seth Williams lately? The 47-year-old looks lean and buff. He's dropped 45 pounds - and he did it in just 100 days.Jefferson County Alabama District Attorney Creates New Unit With Eye on Corruption and White Collar Crimehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=313612/15/2014 12:00:00 AMBIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls is forming a new team to concentrate on white-collar crime and public corruption in the Birmingham area. His motivation: A jump in thefts and fraud schemes by workers in the government and private sectors.Zimbabwe Swears In New Vice Presidentshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=313412/12/2014 12:00:00 AMZimbabwe now welcomes two new vice presidents. President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, had the honor to swear in Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa as well as Phelekezela Mphoko.The Mayor For Lifehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=312912/11/2014 12:00:00 AMFormer mayor of DC, Marion Barry has sadly passed away November 23rd at the age of 78. He was known as "Mayor For Life," dubbed after serving four terms as mayor.Will the U.S. finally get a surgeon general?http://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=312812/10/2014 12:00:00 AMThe United States has been without a surgeon general for quite some time now. This is a huge ceremonial position, as the nation will perceive this person to be "nations number 1 doctor." Now that the last days for the Senate Democrats are approaching, that could change.A Justice Hearing on the UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Casehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=313112/9/2014 12:00:00 AM"WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is weighing how much employers must do to accommodate pregnant workers under a federal law aimed at combating discrimination against them.<br><br>Questions from several justices during arguments Wednesday suggested the court could be searching for a middle ground between United Parcel Service and former driver Peggy Young.Does $350M case at trial against Apple have a lead plaintiff? Judge hasn't yet ruledhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=313312/8/2014 12:00:00 AM"One of two lead plaintiffs dropped out of a $350 million antitrust class action against Apple Inc. last week, after lawyers for the computer Goliath questioned whether she had purchased one of the iPods at issue in the California case.Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feurer Needs More Staff For New Prop 47 Misdemeanorshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=312712/5/2014 12:00:00 AMBecause California voters reduced penalties for a number of drug and theft crimes by passing Prop. 47, Los Angeles City Atty.Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's Moneyball Approach To Crimehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=312612/4/2014 12:00:00 AMA glance at New York City crime statistics might lead you to conclude that Cyrus Vance Jr., the district attorney of New York County, no longer works in what William Travers Jerome, who held the job more than a century ago, once called &#8220;the mouth of hell.&#8221; Nowhere have declining crime trends been more striking than in Manhattan, where last year burglaries, shootings and murders were the lowest since the city began keeping formal records in the early 1960s; so far this year, statistically speaking, the epidemic of civility rages on. </p><p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/magazine/cyrus-vance-jrs-moneyball-approach-to-crime.html?_r=1">New York Times Magazine</a>Lowndes County Georgia District Attorney Working To Make Holidays Happier For Local Foster Childrenhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=312512/3/2014 12:00:00 AMValdosta, GA- The holidays can be a tough time for those who won't be with their families, including foster children.</p><p>That's why, the Lowndes County District Attorney's Office says they are collecting gift cards to give local foster children this holiday season.San Luis Obispo California District Attorney Opposes Fresno Murderer's Releasehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=312412/2/2014 12:00:00 AMSAN LUIS OBISPO &#8212; San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow is fighting the release of a Fresno murderer to San Luis Obispo on the grounds that local authorities were not properly notified.</p><p>Theodore Allen LeLeaux Jr., who had been imprisoned at California Men&#8217;s Colony, was paroled to San Luis Obispo on Nov.Westchester County New York DA Disbands Drug Task Forcehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=312312/1/2014 12:00:00 AMWHITE PLAINS &#8211; It was at the end of May that Westchester County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino appeared in a video on his campaign website saying, "A heroin epidemic is the last thing New York needs right now."</p><p>A few weeks after that, legislators in Albany passed a thick package of legislation aimed at curbing heroin abuse. Later in the summer, the state launched its CombatHeroin website.District Attorney Beefs Up Domestic Violence Teamhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=312211/26/2014 12:00:00 AMFor 16 years, Criminal Court Judge J. Randall Wyatt watched court officer Tim Dickerson defuse tense situations in the courtroom.Wisconsin Preps For Surge In DNA Tests When New Law Kicks Inhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=312111/25/2014 12:00:00 AMMadison &#8212; The state Department of Justice has hired nearly 20 more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.</p><p>Wisconsin currently takes DNA samples from anyone convicted of a felony and certain sex-related misdemeanors.Nassau County New York DA Hires Labrador Retreiver To Help With Child Sex Abuse Caseshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=312011/24/2014 12:00:00 AMMINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) &#8211; A new and special staffer has joined the Nassau County district attorney&#8217;s office.New Hampshire DA's Safe School Summit Focuses on Positive Learning Environmenthttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=311911/21/2014 12:00:00 AMThe 3rd Annual Safe School Summit organized by the Northwestern district attorney&#8217;s office. The two-day event began Tuesday with a series of speakers and workshops at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.Former Montgomery County Pennsylvania DA Stands By Decision Not To Charge Bill Cosbyhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=311611/20/2014 12:00:00 AMPHILADELPHIA (CBS) &#8211; He&#8217;s known for his quick wit and comedic timing, but once again, Bill Cosby is facing rape allegations. He avoided the topic on Sunday night in Erie, Pa.Suffolk County Massachusetts Law Enforcement Seeking Additional Witness Protection Fundshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=311511/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLaw-enforcement officials in Suffolk County are pushing for more money to protect victims and witnesses of violent crimes who testify in court, saying the current funding levels leave them running out of money every year.</p><p>One lawmaker says Boston legislators hope to double the budget next year, calling the witness protection program &#8220;vital&#8221; and deserving of full funding.Cumberland County Pennsylvania DA Calls For Tougher Penalties For Child Pornographyhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=311411/18/2014 12:00:00 AMAny depiction of a person younger than 18 engaged in a sexual act is a crime.</p><p>These types of incidents are widely investigated by law enforcement, including at the county, state and federal levels.Cabell County West Virginia DA Saves over $100K In Misdemeanor Caseshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=311311/17/2014 12:00:00 AMJoe M. Fincham, II, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of The Cabell County Prosecutor's Office sent out a press release confirming the office has saved over $108, 000 starting in April.Boston Bombing Suspect's Lawyers Ask For Trial Delayhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=311211/14/2014 12:00:00 AMAttorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal judge Wednesday to delay their client's trial, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 5, or else compel prosecutors to disclose evidence from a separate murder case.