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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

Northampton County district attorney warns litigants not to lie in courts
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is warning the public not to give false testimony in court after a rash of incidents in the past six months. In a news conference this afternoon, Morganelli said there have been several cases of falsifying records and lying in court in a handful of civil cases. Most cases resulted in charges being filed, he said. "These matters are serious and there appears to be a trend," Morganelli said. "For some reason, people believe that they can supply false information to our courts, give false testimony to our judges and get away with it."

Staten Island DA issues 'scared straight' warnings on drug abuse (editorial)
Have you or a family member or somebody else you know been abusing drugs? If so, there is a quick new way to stop short of addiction or arrest. It can be life-saving.  On Wednesday (July 23), the highly effective "scared straight" presentation created by the Staten Island District Attorney's office will be opened to the public for the first time.  The realistic session, which focuses on the potentially lethal dangers of prescription pills and heroin, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 1120 South Ave., Travis.  "Battling drug addiction can be a tough and lonely road to travel," said District Attorney Daniel Donovan. "This is an opportunity for any Staten Islander who may be heading down that path, or their concerned friends or family members, to see the dangers that lie ahead and turn their life around."

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

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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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