Newsletter - Current News Newsen-us2014-09-02T13:55:33.75825-05:00District attorney plans changes to witness payment policy News&newsletterid=30579/2/2014 12:00:00 AMLAS VEGAS -- Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said today he is announcing changes to ensure transparency when the office's Victim/Witness Assistance Fund is used. Over the last decade, the district attorney&#8217;s office has prosecuted about 500,000 cases and tapped the fund only 56 times.Montco DA’s Office Acquires High Tech Tool To Help Protect Crime Fighting Officers News&newsletterid=30569/2/2014 12:00:00 AMPHILADELPHIA (CBS) &#8211; The Montgomery County District Attorney&#8217;s Office now has a high tech tool in its crime fighting arsenal designed to save the lives of law enforcement officers across the county. In a hostage or crisis situation many times police need to assess the situation but don&#8217;t want to get too close fearing their safety.Hate Crime Laws: What the Amish Beard Cutting Case Means for the Rest of Us News&newsletterid=30589/2/2014 12:00:00 AMIn the fall of 2011, 16 members (10 men and six women) of a breakaway Amish community in eastern Ohio executed five beard-cutting attacks on Amish people in other communities at night and by ambush over an eight-week period. The 16 defendants were convicted of federal hate crimes as well as lying to the FBI and obstructing justice.South Bend gang leaders invited to meet with police, community organizations News&newsletterid=30558/29/2014 12:00:00 AMSOUTH BEND - For the second time, South Bend police, prosecutors and community activists sat face-to-face with the people they say could either drive or end the violence in the city. At the Charles Martin Center on Thursday, police put all their cards on the table.Inter-agency partnership benefits domestic violence victims News&newsletterid=30548/29/2014 12:00:00 AMHURLEY - Since 2005, numerous agencies across Iron County have come together to respond to cases of domestic and sexual violence. The Iron County Coordinated Community Response Team is a partnership of six agencies or departments in Iron County.New Orleans DA, Innocence Project to work together News&newsletterid=30538/29/2014 12:00:00 AMNEW ORLEANS (AP) &#8212; The district attorney in New Orleans is joining forces with an organization that works to free people who have been wrongfully convicted. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and Emily Maw of the Innocence Project New Orleans announced the plan at a news conference Thursday.In wake of Ferguson shooting, progressives demand federal police czar News&newsletterid=30518/28/2014 12:00:00 AMIn the eyes of many progressives and civil rights advocates, the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month was a tragic and familiar story: the latest example of the law enforcement community's prejudiced administration of justice. Now, a group of notables and activists, joined by several members of the Congressional Black Caucus, are demanding the establishment of a federal police "czar," employed by the Justice Department, to oversee local law enforcement practices and help prevent racial bias in policing.<br><a href="" target="_blank">CBS News</a>Public service campaign in Milwaukee seeks reports of animal abuse News&newsletterid=30508/28/2014 12:00:00 AMHundreds of "lost pet" fliers were posted Wednesday around Milwaukee. The fliers aren't focused on a single dog or cat.District Attorney: Sentencing Rules Need To Be Changed News&newsletterid=30498/28/2014 12:00:00 AMROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said Tuesday that the case of a man charged with a rape in downtown Rochester this weekend is a prime example of why even non-violent offenders should be given a determinant sentence.Governor Signs DA-Sponsored Human-Trafficking Bill News&newsletterid=30468/27/2014 12:00:00 AMRIVERSIDE &#8212; A human-trafficking bill recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will streamline prosecutions, save taxpayer dollars and reduce trauma to victims appearing in court, officials said.Staten Island district attorney's office looking for young people to produce videos News&newsletterid=30488/27/2014 12:00:00 AMSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- District Attorney Daniel Donovan is looking for young people to join his "Venture Crew." Members of the Office of the Richmond County District Attorney Venture Crew will be trained on how to produce professional videos by Andrew Scudera, director of the district attorney's Video/Photo Unit.Feds announce $3 million in grants, funding for prosecutors to address violence against women News&newsletterid=30478/27/2014 12:00:00 AMFARGO, North Dakota &#8212; Federal authorities are providing $3 million in grants to address violence against women in rural and tribal communities in the oil patch of North Dakota and Montana. The money from the Office on Violence Against Women will be used to help provide services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking.<br><a href="" target="_blank"></a>Pennsylvania Superior Court declares mandatory minimum sentences unconstitutional for drug-related gun charges News&newsletterid=30438/26/2014 12:00:00 AMA North Hills man convicted on gun and drug charges in 2012 was ordered to have a new sentencing hearing following a Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling that called mandatory minimums for drug convictions involving a firearm unconstitutional. Under the criminal code Section 9712.1 prosecutors were allowed to seek a five-year mandatory minimum sentence on a drug charge if a firearm was &#8220;found on a drug dealer, an accomplice, or in the vicinity of the contraband.&#8221;<br><a href="" target="_blank"></a>Kill Switches on Smartphones Now Mandatory in California News&newsletterid=30458/26/2014 12:00:00 AMCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown signed historic legislation Monday, mandating that every smartphone sold in California after July 1, 2015, be equipped by default with a kill switch, a feature that can render the device useless if stolen. Proposed by state senator Mark Leno and endorsed by a bevy of law-enforcement officials, the new law &#8212; the first of its kind in the nation &#8212; is designed to curb cell-phone theft in cities like San Francisco, where more than 65% of all robberies involve stolen phones, or Oakland, where it&#8217;s 75%.<br><a href="" target="_blank"></a>Prosecutor Kym Worthy: Office is 'criminally underfunded' News&newsletterid=30448/26/2014 12:00:00 AMDETROIT (WJBK) - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says in the last two years she's lost 90 lawyers and that Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has slashed her budget to the breaking point. "I honestly don't think that the Ficano administration gives a damn about public safety the way that they should," she said.College football: What it's like to be a district attorney in a college town News&newsletterid=30428/25/2014 12:00:00 AMGreg Mashburn keeps getting the emails that call him an idiot and a racist and a chauvinist. Then he reminds himself of something.Massachusetts court to hear eyewitness ID cases News&newsletterid=30418/25/2014 12:00:00 AMBOSTON (AP) &#8212; Zachary Sevigny was slashed with a box cutter by a stranger outside a convenience store in 2011. Neither Sevigny nor his friend identified Jeremy Gomes as the attacker when shown his picture in a police photo array.Voters to choose new Tulsa County DA for first time in 15 years News&newsletterid=30408/25/2014 12:00:00 AMFor the first time in more than 15 years, Tulsa County on Tuesday will elect a new district attorney, the only countywide post up for grabs in Tulsa&#8217;s Republican and Democratic runoff elections. After current District Attorney Tim Harris announced his retirement, the chief of the county&#8217;s criminal division, Steve Kunzweiler, and two state Legislators, Rep.Alexandria Police introduce new crime info app News&newsletterid=30398/22/2014 12:00:00 AMALEXANDRIA, Va.&nbsp; &#8211; The Alexandria Police Department is going high tech with a new way for residents to protect and educate themselves about crime in their neighborhoods.St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Issues statement regarding Michael Brown case News&newsletterid=30388/22/2014 12:00:00 AMSt. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch has issued a news release in response to the constant protesting of his office, the African American community&#8217;s perception that he lacks the ability to be unbiased and the demands that he recuse himself from the Michael Brown case.<br><a href="" target="_blank">The St.Officials call for stronger law on illegal gun possession News&newsletterid=30378/21/2014 12:00:00 AMAs a group&nbsp;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.PAWS Act Deal Would Require Vets To Report Suspected Animal Abuse News&newsletterid=30368/21/2014 12:00:00 AMBOSTON &#8212; 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 &#8220;Puppy Doe,&#8221; an abused 2-year-old pitbull, Senate Republicans filed legislation dubbed Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety, or PAWS Act.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.State prosecutors to present evidence in Michael Brown case to grand jury News&newsletterid=30358/20/2014 12:00:00 AMFERGUSON, Mo. &#8212; 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 &#8220;Sentencing, by the Numbers&#8221; (Op-Ed, Aug. 11), Sonja B.