Newsletter - Current News Newsen-us2014-07-29T17:54:22.59625-05:00New courthouse dog providing support for Montgomery victims News&newsletterid=29977/29/2014 12:00:00 AMMONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - A new staff member in the criminal justice system in Montgomery County is proving to be a huge asset in investigations and in the courtroom, helping victims open up about what happened to them.&nbsp;&nbsp; Her name is Willow and her is a two-year-old Labrador/Retriever mix.Prosecutor: drug trade leaves many victims behind News&newsletterid=29967/29/2014 12:00:00 AMBLOOMINGTON &#8212; Jeff Horve has heard a lot of stories in his two decades as a prosecutor with the McLean County state's attorney's office, most of them with sad endings.&nbsp; As the supervisor of the county's drug/gang unit, Horve oversees the prosecution of about 400 drug cases a year.BRAVE unit teams up for community outreach walk News&newsletterid=29957/28/2014 12:00:00 AMBATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - BRAVE unit members went door-to-door on foot in North Baton Rouge Saturday morning to connect with the community.&nbsp; About 20 people affiliated with the BRAVE project - made up of members of the Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff&#8217;s Office and the District Attorney&#8217;s Office - walked through neighborhoods in the 70805 zip code, introducing themselves to residents and explaining that BRAVE is much more than a traditional law enforcement task force.Judge rules Washington D.C. handgun ban is unconstitutional News&newsletterid=29947/28/2014 12:00:00 AMWashington D.C. residents can now legally carry handguns in the streets of the District, according to a federal judge.Orange DA promotes boost in asset forfeiture News&newsletterid=29937/28/2014 12:00:00 AMGOSHEN &#8212; Something you should know if you're contemplating crime in Orange County: District Attorney David Hoovler is pushing for more asset forfeiture.&nbsp; "My goal is to use forfeiture as a deterrent and as an aid to prosecution and enforcement.DA's Office rewards young artists for anti-teen dating violence posters News&newsletterid=29917/25/2014 12:00:00 AMSAN JOSE -- The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office rewarded three teen artists Thursday for their posters depicting "Teen Dating Violence," in an effort to make high school students aware of the problem.&nbsp; Although the district attorney's office has no official measurements of dating violence in Santa Clara County, Assistant District Attorney James Gibbons-Shapiro calls it an underreported" crime.Missouri gun rights amendment worries some police, prosecutors News&newsletterid=29907/25/2014 12:00:00 AMMissourians on Aug. 5 will vote on whether the state should enshrine in its constitution broader gun rights in a controversial measure that has drawn the ire of police and prosecutors from across the state.Helping hand vs. handcuffs: How the 2 sides of Chattanooga's VRI are playing out News&newsletterid=29897/25/2014 12:00:00 AMThe carrot part of the city's violence reduction initiative appears to be working.&nbsp; In the five months since the initiative began, 58 of Chattanooga's most violent offenders have landed jobs, with the city's help, and 42 have held onto those jobs, officials say.Adams County district attorney's office holds second citizen's academy News&newsletterid=29887/24/2014 12:00:00 AMThe District Attorney's office for Adams County is taking applications for residents interested in learning the ins and outs of the criminal justice system during a specialized citizen's academy this fall.&nbsp; This is the second year for the project, which was launched by 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young last year in an effort to make people understand what he does every day.Lehigh County District Attorney's Office expands Domestic Violence Unit News&newsletterid=29877/24/2014 12:00:00 AMALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Lehigh County District Attorney's Domestic Violence Unit has been expanded and the processing of domestic abuse cases through the court system has been changed to strengthen prosecutors&#8217; and the court&#8217;s response to domestic violence cases, according to a Wednesday news release from District Attorney James B.NYPD Orders New Training in Use of Force News&newsletterid=29867/23/2014 12:00:00 AMEvery New York Police Department officer will be retrained in the use of force following the death of a Staten Island man after an officer subdued him with an apparent chokehold, Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday.&nbsp; The "top-to-bottom" retraining of nation's largest police force, with 35,000 officers, is an undertaking that could take years, Mr.DA's office awarded No Refusal Initiative grant News&newsletterid=29857/23/2014 12:00:00 AMHarris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced today that her office has been awarded nearly a half a million dollars in funding for the No Refusal Initiative. The funding is provided by the Texas Department of Transportation by way of a federal grant.Staten Island DA issues 'scared straight' warnings on drug abuse (editorial) News&newsletterid=29837/22/2014 12:00:00 AMHave you or a family member or somebody else you know been abusing drugs? If so, there is a quick new way to stop short of addiction or arrest. It can be life-saving.Northampton County district attorney warns litigants not to lie in courts News&newsletterid=29847/22/2014 12:00:00 AMNorthampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is warning the public not to give false testimony in court after a rash of incidents in the past six months. In a news conference this afternoon, Morganelli said there have been several cases of falsifying records and lying in court in a handful of civil cases.OWI law change poses problem for prosecutors News&newsletterid=29827/21/2014 12:00:00 AMSome Wisconsin prosecutors are concerned that a change in OWI law could allow drunken drivers who cause minor injuries to avoid criminal charges.&nbsp; Wisconsin Act 224, which went into effect April 10, aimed to create mandatory minimum penalties for drunken car crashes that cause substantial injury and for seventh to 10th offense drunken driving charges.In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviews News&newsletterid=29817/21/2014 12:00:00 AMIn an effort to ward off claims of false confessions, Miami-Dade police detectives will soon begin videotaping the entirety of their interviews with suspects in homicide cases.&nbsp; That decision &#8212; made at the behest of prosecutors &#8212; means the county&#8217;s largest police department will finally join other local law enforcement agencies who for years have filmed their full interviews with people suspected in killings.Prosecutors: Expungement law has good, bad sides News&newsletterid=29807/21/2014 12:00:00 AMBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana law allowing some criminals to have their records expunged is drawing mixed reviews from judges and attorneys, who say parts of the law don&#8217;t make sense.<br>The goal of the measure that took effect last year is to improve nonviolent offenders&#8217; chances of getting a job by shielding felony convictions from a background check done by potential employers.<br>Hundreds of offenders across the state have applied for expungement; Monroe County has processed 273 requests during the first six months of this year alone.<br><a href="" target="_blank">The Washington Times</a>Prosecutors criticize Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board News&newsletterid=29797/18/2014 12:00:00 AMNORMAN &#8212; After airing a lengthy list of complaints about the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, prosecutors voted on Wednesday to appeal to legislative leaders and Gov. Mary Fallin in an effort to obtain more money for the agency.Eric Holder takes action to fight Chicago gun violence News&newsletterid=29787/18/2014 12:00:00 AMCHICAGO, Illinois&#8212;On the heels of the bloodiest spate of violence in this city all year, Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that a cadre of seven additional Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents would be deployed to the Chicago field office.&nbsp; The move to beef up the city&#8217;s crime fighting power comes just weeks after at least 82 people were shot and 16 killed over the long Fourth of July weekend, and amid mounting pressure on city, state and federal officials to tamp down Chicago&#8217;s rampant gun violence.California Death Penalty System Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules News&newsletterid=29757/17/2014 12:00:00 AMLA QUINTA, Calif. &#8212; A federal judge ruled Wednesday that California&#8217;s death penalty system is so arbitrary and plagued with delay that it is unconstitutional, a decision that is expected to inspire similar arguments in death penalty appeals around the country.DA, community forms task force to combat elder abuse News&newsletterid=29777/17/2014 12:00:00 AMIn a combined effort to stop crime and abuse on the elderly, District Attorney Daryl Bailey and community representatives announced 2 p.m. Wednesday the formation of the Montgomery County Elder Justice Task Force at the One Place Family Justice Center.Gang prevention program receives $10,000 donation from DA's Office News&newsletterid=29767/17/2014 12:00:00 AMThe Mendocino County District Attorney's Office has contributed $10,000 to the Redwood Children's Service gang education program, according to a press release from the District Attorney's Office.&nbsp; The contribution will allow anti-gang education to continue in the county.L.A. County to expand Laura's Law mental-illness treatment program News&newsletterid=29747/16/2014 12:00:00 AMLos Angeles County leaders voted Tuesday to fully implement Laura's Law, a state statute that gives counties the option to pursue court-ordered outpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness.&nbsp; Praised by advocates who say it offers a new tool to family members of adults with severe untreated mental illness, the law was recently adopted by San Francisco and Orange counties.Prosecutors line up behind TN Supreme Court justices News&newsletterid=29727/16/2014 12:00:00 AMFourteen current and former prosecutors have joined a growing chorus in the legal community to keep three Tennessee Supreme Court justices who are up for re-election.&nbsp; Chief Justice Gary Wade, Justice Cornelia Clark and Justice Sharon Lee are up for retention elections Aug.Decriminalization arrives, and D.C. police prepare for sea change in marijuana laws News&newsletterid=29737/16/2014 12:00:00 AMOn Wednesday, a D.C. cop who catches someone carrying a small amount of marijuana is required to launch his suspect on an onerous journey through the criminal justice system &#8212; one likely to involve handcuffs, fingerprinting and forensic analysis.