Newsletter - Current Newshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current Newsen-us2014-09-30T10:49:41.6265-05:00Animal Abuse Gains Traction as Serious Crimehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30759/30/2014 12:00:00 AMThe video lasts all of 12 seconds: A stray cat &#8212; after being lured by a young man&#8217;s outstretched hand &#8212; is suddenly and violently kicked, its body propelled through the air, clearing a small fence and landing about 20 feet away, to a chorus of cackling laughter.The man, Andre Robinson, was soon arrested.Had it been a person he kicked, Mr. Robinson, 22, most likely would have received a quick plea bargain requiring no jail time &#8212; if, that is, he had even been arrested.Brooklyn New York District Attorney Moves To Thwart Domestic Violencehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30749/29/2014 12:00:00 AMWith research suggesting that domestic violence-related homicides are predictable, the Brooklyn district attorney&#8217;s office has begun to study whether they are preventable. In a pilot program focused on the neighborhood of East New York, prosecutors who handle domestic violence cases will change how they process them in an effort to assess whether a defendant charged with a domestic violence crime may be a potential murderer.Attorney General Holder Announces Resignationhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30729/25/2014 12:00:00 AMWashington (CNN) -- Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will resign after six years at the helm of the Justice Department. Holder has agreed to remain in his post until the confirmation of his successor.9th Annual Prosecution Summit Kicks Off in Dallashttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30719/23/2014 12:00:00 AMThe 9th Annual National Prosecution Summit kicked off in downtown Dallas Monday. The summit has gathered nearly 200 prosecutors from 10 different countries to help them find more effective and efficient ways to do their jobs.CBO Reports Drug Sentencing Reform Could Save $4 Billionhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30709/17/2014 12:00:00 AMSens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced that their bill to reform nonviolent drug sentencing would reduce prison costs by more than $4 billion.Father and Son Become First to Simultaneously Hold DA Officeshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30699/16/2014 12:00:00 AMLike many sons, Chris Boring wanted to follow in his father&#8217;s footsteps. But he never imagined doing so would be a one-of-a-kind achievement in Oklahoma.Texas Prosecutor Outlines Adrian Peterson Casehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30689/15/2014 12:00:00 AMMinnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson used physical discipline on his son that was considered "not reasonable" by Texas community standards, a Texas prosecutor said Saturday.Based on the evidence from the incident in May, a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas, indicted Peterson this week on a charge of injury to a child. Peterson turned himself in early Saturday morning and posted a $15,000 bond.Nassau Country District Attorney Suggests Mandatory Kill Switch for Text-and-Drive Offendershttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30679/11/2014 12:00:00 AMTexting while driving is illegal in 44 states, yet there are more than a million cellphone-related car accidents each year, according to the National Safety Council. To combat this grave ever-growing problem, one Long Island official proposed a five-point plan that includes activation of software that will automatically shutdown violators&#8217; phones as they begin to drive.N.J. Attorney General Bars Prosecution of Sports Bettinghttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30669/10/2014 12:00:00 AMThe fight over legalization of sports betting in New Jersey, seemingly over months ago when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the issue, is going another round.Worchester DA Hosts Anti-Bullying Traininghttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30659/9/2014 12:00:00 AMPAXTON, Mass. (AP) &#8212; As another school year begins, two Massachusetts agencies are sponsoring a conference to help teachers and school administrators stop bullying.Brooklyn's New Hate Crimes Unit Is Already Busyhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30649/8/2014 12:00:00 AMThe Brooklyn district attorney's new hate crimes unit is only a few days old, but assistant D.A. Marc Fliedner said he's &#8220;unfortunately&#8221; already working on cases.Carson City Nevada District Attorney presents DAWG Programhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30639/5/2014 12:00:00 AMCarson City, Nevada District Attorney Neil A. Rombardo presented his office's newest component to its Victim Witness Services unit at the Aug.DNA clears North Carolina inmates after 30 years in prisonhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30629/3/2014 12:00:00 AMNorth Carolina&#8217;s longest-serving death row inmate and his half-brother serving a life sentence have been exonerated and released from prison after spending more than 30 years behind bars for a rape and murder they did not commit. Robeson County superior court acted with lightning speed to free the two men, Leon Brown and Henry McCollum, who were 15 and 19 at the time of their arrest in 1983.Court records: Man accused of fatally shooting Kaufman district attorney, assistant was planning to kill morehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30619/3/2014 12:00:00 AMA man accused of assassinating the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and an assistant district attorney last year was also plotting to kill two others, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Eric Lyle Williams, 47, is accused of fatally shooting Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in January 2013 and gunning down District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, in their home in March 2013.Camden Turns Around With New Police Forcehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30609/3/2014 12:00:00 AMCAMDEN, N.J. &#8212; In the summer of 2012, the year this city broke its own record for homicides, there were 21 people murdered here.Hate Crime Laws: What the Amish Beard Cutting Case Means for the Rest of Ushttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30589/2/2014 12:00:00 AMIn the fall of 2011, 16 members (10 men and six women) of a breakaway Amish community in eastern Ohio executed five beard-cutting attacks on Amish people in other communities at night and by ambush over an eight-week period. The 16 defendants were convicted of federal hate crimes as well as lying to the FBI and obstructing justice.District attorney plans changes to witness payment policyhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30579/2/2014 12:00:00 AMLAS VEGAS -- Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said today he is announcing changes to ensure transparency when the office's Victim/Witness Assistance Fund is used. Over the last decade, the district attorney&#8217;s office has prosecuted about 500,000 cases and tapped the fund only 56 times.Montco DA’s Office Acquires High Tech Tool To Help Protect Crime Fighting Officershttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30569/2/2014 12:00:00 AMPHILADELPHIA (CBS) &#8211; The Montgomery County District Attorney&#8217;s Office now has a high tech tool in its crime fighting arsenal designed to save the lives of law enforcement officers across the county. In a hostage or crisis situation many times police need to assess the situation but don&#8217;t want to get too close fearing their safety.South Bend gang leaders invited to meet with police, community organizationshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30558/29/2014 12:00:00 AMSOUTH BEND - For the second time, South Bend police, prosecutors and community activists sat face-to-face with the people they say could either drive or end the violence in the city. At the Charles Martin Center on Thursday, police put all their cards on the table.Inter-agency partnership benefits domestic violence victimshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30548/29/2014 12:00:00 AMHURLEY - Since 2005, numerous agencies across Iron County have come together to respond to cases of domestic and sexual violence. The Iron County Coordinated Community Response Team is a partnership of six agencies or departments in Iron County.New Orleans DA, Innocence Project to work togetherhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30538/29/2014 12:00:00 AMNEW ORLEANS (AP) &#8212; The district attorney in New Orleans is joining forces with an organization that works to free people who have been wrongfully convicted. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and Emily Maw of the Innocence Project New Orleans announced the plan at a news conference Thursday.In wake of Ferguson shooting, progressives demand federal police czarhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30518/28/2014 12:00:00 AMIn the eyes of many progressives and civil rights advocates, the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month was a tragic and familiar story: the latest example of the law enforcement community's prejudiced administration of justice. Now, a group of notables and activists, joined by several members of the Congressional Black Caucus, are demanding the establishment of a federal police "czar," employed by the Justice Department, to oversee local law enforcement practices and help prevent racial bias in policing.<br><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/in-wake-of-ferguson-shooting-progressives-demand-federal-police-czar/" target="_blank">CBS News</a>Public service campaign in Milwaukee seeks reports of animal abusehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30508/28/2014 12:00:00 AMHundreds of "lost pet" fliers were posted Wednesday around Milwaukee. The fliers aren't focused on a single dog or cat.District Attorney: Sentencing Rules Need To Be Changedhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30498/28/2014 12:00:00 AMROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said Tuesday that the case of a man charged with a rape in downtown Rochester this weekend is a prime example of why even non-violent offenders should be given a determinant sentence.Staten Island district attorney's office looking for young people to produce videoshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30488/27/2014 12:00:00 AMSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- District Attorney Daniel Donovan is looking for young people to join his "Venture Crew." Members of the Office of the Richmond County District Attorney Venture Crew will be trained on how to produce professional videos by Andrew Scudera, director of the district attorney's Video/Photo Unit.Feds announce $3 million in grants, funding for prosecutors to address violence against womenhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30478/27/2014 12:00:00 AMFARGO, North Dakota &#8212; Federal authorities are providing $3 million in grants to address violence against women in rural and tribal communities in the oil patch of North Dakota and Montana. The money from the Office on Violence Against Women will be used to help provide services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking.<br><a href="http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/897174e388d94605b565785a728872ff/ND--Oil-Patch-Crime-Grants/" target="_blank">dailyjournal.net</a>Governor Signs DA-Sponsored Human-Trafficking Billhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30468/27/2014 12:00:00 AMRIVERSIDE &#8212; A human-trafficking bill recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will streamline prosecutions, save taxpayer dollars and reduce trauma to victims appearing in court, officials said.