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April's Final Friday's Webinar
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
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

7th arrest in kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father
RALEIGH, N.C. - Authorities have made a seventh arrest in the kidnapping case of a North Carolina prosecutor's father, reports CBS affiliate WSPA.  The U.S. Attorney's Office said that 21-year-old Jakym Tibbs was apprehended in Harrisburg, Pa., on Monday morning, according to the station. The suspect had a scheduled court appearance at 1:30 p.m.  Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice charged Tibbs and Quantavious Thompson - who was arrested on Wednesday - with conspiracy to kidnap 63-year-old Frank Janssen from his home in Wake Forest, N.C., on April 5. The victim was rescued on April 9 when FBI agents raided the Atlanta apartment where he was being held.
CBS News

Cuyahoga Prosecutor: Unit will review innocence claims
CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty has created a Conviction Integrity Unit that will review the claims of prisoners who present credible new evidence of their innocence.  "All of us in the criminal justice system have an obligation to seek justice and to seek the truth. We want to convict the guilty, not the innocent," Prosecutor McGinty said. "So if we learn we have convicted the wrong person, we want to correct it. We always want to have open ears on the subject of innocence."  A team of prosecuting attorneys will review credible new evidence of innocence. Should that thorough review conclude that someone has been wrongfully convicted, the Prosecutor's Office will file a motion to vacate the verdict.

Feds create unit to combat Chicago violence
When U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon took his post six months ago amid pressure to curtail Chicago‘s relentless street violence, he was clear that federal authorities were not going to be able to swoop in and make arrests that would suddenly solve the intractable problem.  While Fardon has downplayed expectations, the announcement Monday that he has created a new Violent Crimes section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office clearly reflects how gun violence has become a high-profile issue for an office better known for combating terrorism and public corruption.  After months of consultations on how his office spends its resources, Fardon decided to spin off 16 prosecutors from the larger Narcotics and Gangs section to focus solely on how best to use federal statutes to go after violence, said Randall Samborn, a spokesman for Fardon.
Chicago Tribune

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