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October Final Friday's Webinar
Please join us for APA's latest "Final Friday's" webinar on Friday, October 31, 2014, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT, "Going Forward Without The Victim: Evidence-Based Prosecution of Domestic Violence" which will examine evidence-based prosecution and enable prosecutors to try domestic violence cases where the victim is absent. The presenters will discuss tools and strategies for successfully prosecuting these difficult cases and the practical steps necessary to achieve success.  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.**

The Office of the Attorney General of Virginia Law Enforcement Conference on Combating Animal Fighting
The Office of the Attorney General of Virginia Law Enforcement Conference on Combating Animal Fighting, sponsored by ASPCA and hosted by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the German Club on the campus of Virginia Tech.



 Current News

Montgomery County Pennsylvania District Attorney Risa Ferman Uses Comfort Dog To Help Witnesses
COURTHOUSE >> There has been a new edition to the District Attorney’s office, but she’s not an attorney. She’s not even a human.

Turks is a “nearly two-year-old” Yellow Labrador Retriever who has the job of comforting victims before giving interviews to investigators who are trying to find the facts of a case or preparing the victims for trial. Turks has been with the county for roughly two weeks.

Times Herald

New Pennsylvania Law Protects Crime Victims
Ignoring the chants of protesters on the block where a Philadelphia police officer was killed decades ago and the cause célèbre of Mumia Abu-Jamal was born, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Tuesday a measure he said would curb the “obscene celebrity” cultivated by convicts at the expense of victims. The law allows prosecutors or crime victims to seek an injunction when an offender’s conduct “perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime,” including causing “mental anguish.”

New York Times

St. Charles County Missouri Prosecutor Launches Heroin Resistance Program For Teens
ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) – Heroin use is a growing epidemic in the U.S. and use among middle and high school aged students is on the rise. St. Charles County prosecutors are taking a proactive measure to expose middle school students to the deadly consequences heroin can have, even after just one use.

The preventative measure is a collaboration effort among the St. Charles County Drug Task Force, the drug court, the Prosecuting Attorney and other law enforcement agencies.


 Technical Assistance

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys provides 24/7 technical assistance and professional case consultation to prosecutors. Please submit requests to the following email and you will be contacted within 24 hours: info@apainc.org

 About APA

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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