Newsletter - Current Newshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current Newsen-us2014-11-23T11:03:36.777875-06:00New 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.First Ever African-American Woman Elected DA In Louisianahttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=311111/13/2014 12:00:00 AMBridget Dinvaut will become one of only three women district attorneys in Louisiana -- and the first African American woman in state history to be elected a top prosecutor -- when she succeeds Tom Daley in St. John the Baptist Parish.Missoula County Montana Attorney's Office Works To Achieve Sexual Assault Response Goalshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=311011/12/2014 12:00:00 AMFive months ago, state Attorney General Tim Fox brokered an agreement between the Missoula County Attorney&#8217;s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice, ending a jurisdictional feud over an investigation into 80 reported rapes and how they were handled by prosecutors.President Obama To Nominate Federal Prosecutor Loretta Lynch For Attorney Generalhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=310911/11/2014 12:00:00 AMWASHINGTON &#8212; President Obama will nominate Loretta E. Lynch, the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, to be the next attorney general, reaching outside his inner circle to fill a key post, the White House said Friday.Gallup Survey Shows One In Four Americans Victimized By Crimehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=310811/10/2014 12:00:00 AMPRINCETON, N.J. -- Twenty-six percent of Americans say they or another member of their household were the victim of some type of property or physical crime in the last 12 months, ranging from theft to sexual assault, according to Gallup's index of crime victimization.DNA Evidence Solves 1991 Detroit Rape But Statue of Limitations Has Run Outhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=310711/7/2014 12:00:00 AMRoderick Hunter saw the Clinton Township woman at a grocery store. He stalked her, following her home on several occasions, and chose Sept.APA Board Member Seth Williams Launches Philadelphia Election Task Forcehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=310611/6/2014 12:00:00 AMDistrict Attorney Seth Williams on Monday announced the creation of a task force aimed at combating election-day fraud.</p><p>The Election Fraud Task Force will specially assign assistant district attorneys and detectives to investigate election fraud allegations, instead of handling them "based on where and when the complaints came into the office," Williams said in a statement.Napa County District Attorney's Office Receives Grant For Vertical Prosecution Teamhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=310511/4/2014 12:00:00 AMNAPA - Those arrested for DUI in Napa County &#8212; especially repeat offenders and those involved in fatal or injury crashes &#8212; can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, the Napa County District Attorney's Office announced.</p><p>The $228,441 grant will fund a Vertical Prosecution team that will work cases from arrest through sentencing, Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein said in the announcement.Harris County Texas DA Announces Success of Capital Murder Project Courthttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=310411/3/2014 12:00:00 AMDistrict Attorney Devon Anderson announced Wednesday that in its first year of implementation, the Capital Murder Project Court has reduced the number of older capital murder cases awaiting resolution.</p><p>At the beginning of this project, the median age of cases was 3.5 years old, now the median age of cases is 1.5 years old.Steamboat Springs Prosecutor Investigating Irregularities In Treasurer's Officehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=310310/31/2014 12:00:00 AMSteamboat Springs &#8212; The 14th Judicial District Attorney&#8217;s Office is continuing its investigation into irregular transactions in the Routt County Treasurer's Office.</p><p>After being appointed to treasurer in October 2012, Brita Horn identified certain transactions as irregular while preparing the department&#8217;s annual audit.Louisville Kentucky Police Launch Real Time Crime Centerhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=310210/30/2014 12:00:00 AMLouisville Metro Police plan to launch a new Real Time Crime Center on Sunday that will monitor the city for potential crime and provide crucial real-time information to officers responding to crime scenes.</p><p>The center, staffed by nine civilian crime analysts, is one result of the mob violence that struck downtown and shook the community in March.Jill Lee Sworn In As First Female District Attorney In Shelby Countyhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=310010/29/2014 12:00:00 AMCOLUMBIANA&#8211;It&#8217;s been 21 years since Shelby County last swore in a district attorney and on Monday, Oct. 27 Jill Lee became the first female sworn in as the new Shelby County district attorney.Hawaii Prosecutors Gather For Statewide Domestic Violence Traininghttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309910/28/2014 12:00:00 AMLIHUE, Hawaii &#8212;Prosecutors from across the state gathered at the County of Kaua'i Emergency Operations Center last week for a two-day training on the prosecution of domestic violence cases.</p><p>"October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we in Hawai'i's criminal justice community are committed to eliminating domestic violence and family abuse in our community," said Prosecuting Attorney Justin F.York County District Attorney Favors Medical Marijuana But Will Continue Marijuana Prosecutionshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309810/27/2014 12:00:00 AMYork County's top prosecutor favors the use of medical marijuana but won't be complying with a state senator's request that he and other district attorneys stop prosecuting local cases in which people used the illegal plant for medical purposes.</p><p>District Attorney Tom Kearney did, however, say he could recognize "different circumstances" and make some special arrangements for those who can show they were using it for medical reasons.Montgomery County Pennsylvania District Attorney Risa Ferman Uses Comfort Dog To Help Witnesseshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309710/24/2014 12:00:00 AMCOURTHOUSE &gt;&gt; There has been a new edition to the District Attorney&#8217;s office, but she&#8217;s not an attorney. She&#8217;s not even a human.New Pennsylvania Law Protects Crime Victimshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309610/23/2014 12:00:00 AMIgnoring the chants of protesters on the block where a Philadelphia police officer was killed decades ago and the cause c&eacute;l&egrave;bre of Mumia Abu-Jamal was born, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Tuesday a measure he said would curb the &#8220;obscene celebrity&#8221; cultivated by convicts at the expense of victims.St. Charles County Missouri Prosecutor Launches Heroin Resistance Program For Teenshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309510/22/2014 12:00:00 AMST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) &#8211; Heroin use is a growing epidemic in the U.S.Houma Louisiana Man Arrested For Social Media Threats Against Prosecutor and Sonhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309410/21/2014 12:00:00 AMNEW ORLEANS &#8212;A Houma man was arrested Thursday after making threatening comments to the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney on Facebook, Louisiana State Police said.</p><p>According to a news release from State Police, 50-year-old Michael J.Philadelphia Mental Health Court Possible Alternative For Non-Violent Offendershttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309310/20/2014 12:00:00 AMThe 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.</p><p>The specialized court was instituted in 2009 and is for mentally ill defendants who are either awaiting sentencing or are serving out a sentence.West Virginia Supreme Court Says Attorney General May Not Prosecute Caseshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309210/17/2014 12:00:00 AMThe West Virginia Supreme Court has denied Attorney General Patrick Morrisey&#8217;s bid to prosecute criminal cases.<p></p><p>Morrisey&#8217;s plan had sparked strong opposition from county prosecutors, who alleged Morrisey was trying to usurp their authority.