Newsletter - Current Newshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current Newsen-us2014-08-19T23:50:14.919625-05:00Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antoniohttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30328/19/2014 12:00:00 AMIt's almost 4 p.m., and police officers Ernest Stevens and Ned Bandoske have been driving around town in their unmarked, black SUV since early this morning. The officers are part of San Antonio's mental health squad – a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may be an issue.Man Gets 15 Years in Attack on Prosecutor's Officehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30318/19/2014 12:00:00 AMAlan Leroy McVay hoped to delay the three-year burglary sentence he was facing last year. His idea was to destroy the records of his case by detonating a 7-gallon propane tank hurled through the window of the prosecutor's office.Hearing could affect thousands of Del. drug caseshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30298/18/2014 12:00:00 AMWILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The fate of thousands of drug prosecutions could hinge on an upcoming hearing related to Delaware's troubled and now closed Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.New strangulation rule helping Savannah prosecutors in domestic violence caseshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30288/18/2014 12:00:00 AMA 2007 murder conviction of a Pooler man in the strangulation of his wife prompted Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Parker Guyer to become a domestic violence prosecutor.  William Carey Mitchell, 48, was sentenced to life in prison in August 2007 for strangling his wife, Vickie Mitchell, who was found unresponsive in a Pooler motel room on April 21, 2004.Fighting 'anti-snitching' culture: Fear of testifying an issue in caseshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30308/18/2014 12:00:00 AMFifteen years ago, Angela Lyles saw Michael Miller shoot her friend Shawnita Campbell in the backseat of a car parked near Coolidge Avenue in Columbus. But when prosecutors needed her to testify in the murder case, she was nowhere to be found.Dallas County DA plans unit to investigate all shootings by policehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30268/15/2014 12:00:00 AMAmid outcries over shootings involving police locally and nationwide, District Attorney Craig Watkins is planning to create a unit to independently investigate such cases in Dallas County.  Watkins said the two-person unit will go to the scene any time a shooting by police occurs.Wayne prosecutor, sheriff's office fight for increased budgetshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30278/15/2014 12:00:00 AMWayne County officials face weeks of squabbling — and possibly a year of blown budgets — as the prosecutor and sheriff’s offices continue to fight for millions of dollars more in funding.  The departments seek more than $43 million above what Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has recommended for them for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins Oct.More homicides are reported in states where you can ‘Stand Your Ground,’ report findshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30258/15/2014 12:00:00 AMThe nation’s widely adopted “Stand Your Ground” laws may be driving up homicide rates and fueling racial bias in law enforcement, a new preliminary report from the American Bar Association warns.  Thirty-three states have enacted “Stand Your Ground” laws in the last decade, and nearly all states justify the use of deadly force when defending one’s home against an intruder.Smartphone 'kill switch' law passes in Californiahttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30248/13/2014 12:00:00 AMA bill that requires all new smartphones sold in California to come loaded with a "kill switch" passed the legislature on Monday and is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.Boston vows to utilize tech, outreach to battle crimehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30238/13/2014 12:00:00 AMMayor Martin J. Walsh, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F.Chesco opens first computer forensics labhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30228/13/2014 12:00:00 AMWEST CHESTER — Officials announced the opening of the new Chester County Computer Forensics Lab for criminal investigations Monday.  The Computer Forensics Lab, referred to as the “CFL,” is the where the Chester County Detectives, who are the investigative arm of the district attorney’s office, will analyze and process electronic data.Prosecutors: Court ruling helps sex crime victimshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30198/12/2014 12:00:00 AMCOLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling removed legal obstacles that made it more difficult to prosecute sex abuse cases, particularly those involving children, prosecutors and victims' advocates said.Get Tougher on Human Trafficking, Top Prosecutors Sayhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30208/12/2014 12:00:00 AMThe district attorneys of San Diego and Riverside counties joined a state senator Monday to urge passage of bills to treat human trafficking crimes committed by gang members with the same severity as other gang offenses, and to streamline prosecution of human trafficking.  The measures — both authored by Sen.Judges and prosecutors wonder how code revisions will play outhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30218/12/2014 12:00:00 AMPersons who were arrested beginning July 1 will be sentenced under the new criminal code, which Hoosier legislators updated in House Bill 1006.  Those charged with murder and higher level felonies “will continue to go to the Indiana Department of Corrections, but we’re going to need to create some other sentencing options for courts to deal with people no longer going to IDOC,” says Franklin Circuit Court Judge Steve Cox.Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson Takes on Wrongful Convictionshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30188/11/2014 12:00:00 AMKenneth Thompson campaigned for Brooklyn district attorney on a promise that, if elected, he would review more cases involving a police detective accused of coercing false confessions.  When he took office in January, Mr.Jefferson County to receive more than $300,000 for court pilot projecthttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30178/11/2014 12:00:00 AMLOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The average person arrested on a felony charge in Jefferson County will spend 161 days in jail before his or her case is resolved, more than a month above the average in Kentucky, according to statistics from the state.Stronger laws needed to protect prosecutorshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30168/11/2014 12:00:00 AMJEFFERSON COUNTY - Weekend work, long hours and low pay couldn't keep Jessica Radke from public service.  The 2007 University of Kansas law school graduate, decided she wanted to be a prosecutor.K2 bedevils law enforcement, prosecutors with ever-changing compoundshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30158/7/2014 12:00:00 AMDiffering variations of leafy substances wrapped in foil packages with names such as "Black Mr. Devil" sprout up in convenience stores, mom-and-pop shops or on websites and trouble authorities.Shelby County district attorney's office offers free bikes to students with perfect attendancehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30128/7/2014 12:00:00 AMMEMPHIS, Tennessee — Shelby County officials are once again offering free bicycles to students who have perfect attendance during this school year.  In a news release, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich says students from 11 schools that participate in the District Attorney's Truancy Reduction Program will be eligible for the free bikes.Legislators, county DA laud tough new arson lawhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30138/7/2014 12:00:00 AMCALN — The terrifying rash of arsons that plagued the greater Coatesville area in 2008 and 2009 was a time that no one in Chester County wants to see relived any time soon, and a number of local legislators and the county’s District Attorney gathered Wednesday to laud a new law designed prevent that that more seriously punish those who would put others at risk with fire.  Sen.Polk County DA talks public safety concernshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30118/6/2014 12:00:00 AMEarly Tuesday morning, Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton took some time to meet with a small but vocal group of residents at a downtown Dallas coffee shop.  It was the first of several meetings on public safety that Felton has planned, with the intent of allowing the District Attorney to both answer and ask questions about crime, public safety and funding.Albany County DA Launches Initiative To Combat Sex Traffickinghttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30108/6/2014 12:00:00 AMAlbany County has just launched phase one of an aggressive program targeting human trafficking and local sex trading.  "It is easy to drive by a location and see these people and juts dismiss it as 'Whoops.Sex-trafficking investigators, victims face gaps in services, fundinghttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30098/5/2014 12:00:00 AMAs pervasive a problem as sex trafficking is in the Philadelphia region, experts in the field say that gaps in services for victims and local funding make handling the tough cases even more challenging.  Assistant U.S.New Jersey High Court Rules Lyrics Inadmissible in Rapper’s Casehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30088/5/2014 12:00:00 AMIn a closely watched case, the New Jersey Supreme Court, the state’s highest, unanimously ruled on Monday that a defendant’s violent rap lyrics should not have been introduced as evidence in his trial on an attempted murder charge.  The defendant, Vonte Skinner, had been convicted of several charges in the 2005 shooting of Lamont Peterson, who was paralyzed from the waist down in the incident.District Attorney hails passage of new gun lawshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30068/4/2014 12:00:00 AMSouthCoast police and prosecutors are applauding the Legislature's passage Thursday night of two gun bills that will give law enforcement new weapons in the battle against gun violence.  The legislation, which requires Gov.No Longer Ignored, Evidence Solves Rape Cases Years Laterhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30078/4/2014 12:00:00 AMMEMPHIS — Meaghan Ybos was 16 and had just arrived home from school when a man in a ski mask held a knife to her throat and raped her.  The man said he would kill her if she called the police, but she did so anyway.