Newsletter - Current Newshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current Newsen-us2014-10-21T00:22:15.8415-05:00Houma Louisiana Man Arrested For Social Media Threats Against Prosecutor and Sonhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309410/21/2014 12:00:00 AMNEW ORLEANS &#8212;A Houma man was arrested Thursday after making threatening comments to the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney on Facebook, Louisiana State Police said.</p><p>According to a news release from State Police, 50-year-old Michael J.Philadelphia Mental Health Court Possible Alternative For Non-Violent Offendershttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309310/20/2014 12:00:00 AMThe First Judicial District Mental Health Court marked its fifth anniversary last month, a milestone for an alternative to incarcerating mentally ill defendants who have committed non-violent crimes.</p><p>The specialized court was instituted in 2009 and is for mentally ill defendants who are either awaiting sentencing or are serving out a sentence.West Virginia Supreme Court Says Attorney General May Not Prosecute Caseshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309210/17/2014 12:00:00 AMThe West Virginia Supreme Court has denied Attorney General Patrick Morrisey&#8217;s bid to prosecute criminal cases.<p></p><p>Morrisey&#8217;s plan had sparked strong opposition from county prosecutors, who alleged Morrisey was trying to usurp their authority.New Jersey Judge Says Dashboard Camera Recordings Are Public Recordhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309110/16/2014 12:00:00 AMVideos routinely captured by cameras mounted in police cars during traffic stops and other law enforcement activities are public records and cannot be withheld because they pertain to criminal or internal affairs investigations, a state judge has ruled in two separate cases.</p><p>The rulings, handed down Friday by state Superior Court Judge Vincent Grasso in Ocean County, came a month after Gov.Angela Corey: Florida Prosecutor Reflects on High-Profile Caseshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=309010/15/2014 12:00:00 AMIn the last two years, State Attorney Angela Corey has basked in praise of some and been hit by criticism from others. "That's a very polite way of putting it," Corey said with a chuckle after a reporter mentioned that last week.Prosecutors Teach Law Enforcement Domestic Violence Issueshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=308910/14/2014 12:00:00 AMHighlighting October&#8217;s theme of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Brown County Prosecutor&#8217;s Office hosted a three-hour class for local law enforcement officers regarding domestic violence.</p><p>According to Nick Owens, assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Media Contact at the Brown County Prosecutor&#8217;s Office, the class was part of a continuous effort by the office to increase awareness on the subject.Alabama Launches Crime Victim Automated Notification Systemhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=308810/10/2014 12:00:00 AMVictims of crime and their families are being empowered by the new Alabama Crime Victim Automated Notification system, or "AlabamaCAN."</p><p>The free online system, announced Wednesday, will allow people to register an account and follow the criminal case, parole process and hearing dates of an inmate.</p><p><a href="http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2014/10/09/alabamacan-launched-empower-crime-victims/16960381/">www.montgomeryadvertiser.com</a>Criminal Justice Leaders Discuss 'St. Slammany,' Sentencing Alternativeshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=308610/10/2014 12:00:00 AMCriminal justice leaders in a parish whose reputation for being tough on crime has earned it the nickname "St. Slammany" discussed Tuesday how to change the parish's reputation at a panel hosted by the Leadership St.New York District Attorneys Can't Get Meeting With Mayorhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=308510/9/2014 12:00:00 AMNew York City's five district attorneys have tried for months to get a group meeting with Mayor de Blasio to discuss crucial budget and public safety issues, as they have with past mayors, but their requests have been ignored, NBC 4 New York has learned.</p><p>Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson sent an email on behalf of the group in March to meet with the mayor, according to sources familiar with the request.Justice Department Set To Act Against Bankshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=308410/8/2014 12:00:00 AMAbout a dozen large banks are under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over allegations they colluded to manipulate the price of foreign currencies, The New York Times has reported.Dallas DA Craig Watkins Considers Charges Against Ebola Patienthttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=308310/7/2014 12:00:00 AMDallas, Texas (1080 KRLD) &#8211; Dallas County DA Craig Watkins office is looking into the possibility of filing charges against the Liberian man that brought the first case of Ebola into the United States.</p><p>Authorities in both the U.S.Dan Knight Named President of Missouri Prosecutors Associationhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=308210/6/2014 12:00:00 AMBoone County Missouri Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight has been named the 45th president of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.</p><p>Knight will lead the association, which represents Missouri&#8217;s 115 elected prosecutors, over the next year.Bristol County District Attorney Collecting Phones for Domestic Violence Victimshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=308010/3/2014 12:00:00 AMHighlighting Domestic Violence Month, cellphones and phone chargers are being collected for victims. <p></p><p>Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter is partnering with the 20 police departments across the county, as well as Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program, which collects unused phones and parts to support victims of domestic violence.Florida Man Found Guilty of Murder In Loud Music Killinghttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=307810/2/2014 12:00:00 AMJACKSONVILLE, Fla. &#8212; If Michael Dunn truly shot and killed Jordan Davis in self-defense, would he have returned to his Jacksonville hotel that night &#8212; and driven 2 1/2 hours back home to South Patrick Shores the next morning &#8212; without calling 911?</p><p>No, said State Attorney Angela Corey.Hamilton County Tennessee District Attorney Establishes Cold Case Unithttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=307710/1/2014 12:00:00 AMCold cases in Hamilton County will now be reopened. Beginning Wednesday, the District Attorney's office will partner with several local municipalities and the TBI to solve dozens of cold cases in Hamilton County.Animal 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.