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April's Final Friday's Webinar
4/04/14
In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In recognition, APA is hosting the webinar, “Rape on Campus: Effective Prosecution of Sex Offenders at Institutes of Higher Education” on Friday, April 25th from 3:00 – 4:00pm (EDT).  Studies commissioned by the National Institute of Justice estimate that 20-25% percent of women are raped in college, and that, in 79-90% of cases, the perpetrator was not a stranger, but rather an acquaintance, friend, or other non-stranger. Non-stranger rapists are adept at creating, identifying, and manipulating perceived vulnerabilities in their victims through the use of premeditated tactics and non-traditional weapons. This presentation will focus on alcohol-facilitated sexual assaults, with an emphasis on non-stranger rapists (e.g., motivations and characteristics, myths and misconceptions, serial and crossover offending, etc.). John F. Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, will also discuss strategies for overcoming the unique challenges these offenders present on college campuses. One substantive CLE credit has been applied for from the Virginia State Bar. If you would like to download a flyer click here. **Please click HERE to register**

 
4th National Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference
2/10/14
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), in partnership with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia (PAC), will host the 4th National Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference from May 5-7th in Atlanta, GA. This conference will bring together prosecutors and professionals in the criminal justice and animal welfare field.   Please click here to register. Please note that registration is free. Please click here for the agenda (subject to change).Scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis please click here to download the application.
 

 Current News

Court OKs Warrantless Animal Rescue When 'Appropriate'
4/15/14
Massachusetts' highest court has ruled that officials may enter private property without a search warrant to rescue animals “in appropriate circumstances.”  Ruling on an issue of first impression for the state’s high court on Friday in Commonwealth v. Heather M. Duncan, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said that, “in appropriate circumstances, animals, like humans, should be afforded the protection of the emergency aid exception.”  “In addition to promoting life-saving measures, the ability to render such assistance vindicates the legislative framework for preventing cruelty to animals, particularly the provision regulating the conditions under which dogs may be kept outside,” Associate Justice Barbara Lenk wrote.  She cited precedents from California, the District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Montana and Vermont.
The National Law Journal

 
Kansas shooting suspect to face hate-crime charges
4/15/14
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism.  Yet there's scant evidence the Army veteran and retired trucker with Ku Klux Klan links ever resorted to violence before Sunday, when authorities say he opened fire with a shotgun and pistol outside a Jewish community center and retirement complex near Kansas City. None of the three people killed turned out to be Jewish.  Cross, 73, who shouted a Nazi slogan at television cameras when arrested minutes later, has been jailed awaiting charges that investigators said could come as early as today. At some point, a federal grand jury is expected to review the slayings, which authorities now deem a hate crime.
philly.com

 
Man guilty of plot to decapitate judge, prosecutor
4/15/14
NEW YORK - A con man already imprisoned in a collectible coin scam has been sentenced to life in prison for a failed plot to decapitate a New York judge and prosecutor.  Another judge in Brooklyn imposed the sentence on Monday against Joseph Romano, 50.  Before hearing his fate, Romano told the judge he was innocent. He says he was framed by federal agents to keep him from exposing misconduct in the coin fraud investigation.  Romano was convicted in January in the decapitation plot. Jurors heard recordings of him agreeing to pay $40,000 to an agent posing as a hitman.
cbsnews.com

 
 
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