Newsletter - Current Newshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current Newsen-us2014-07-24T11:58:06.097125-05:00Lehigh County District Attorney's Office expands Domestic Violence Unithttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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.Adams County district attorney's office holds second citizen's academyhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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.NYPD Orders New Training in Use of Forcehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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 granthttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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.Northampton County district attorney warns litigants not to lie in courtshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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.Staten Island DA issues 'scared straight' warnings on drug abuse (editorial)http://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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.In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviewshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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.OWI law change poses problem for prosecutorshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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.Prosecutors: Expungement law has good, bad sideshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/20/prosecutors-expungement-law-has-good-bad-sides/" target="_blank">The Washington Times</a>Prosecutors criticize Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Boardhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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 violencehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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 Ruleshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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.Gang prevention program receives $10,000 donation from DA's Officehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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.DA, community forms task force to combat elder abusehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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.L.A. County to expand Laura's Law mental-illness treatment programhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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 justiceshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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 lawshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current 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.Mass. Gov. proposes commission to study prosecutor and public defender payhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29707/15/2014 12:00:00 AMIn one amendment to the $36.5 billion budget for the current fiscal year that Gov. Deval Patrick signed Friday, he proposed a commission to study the salaries of assistant district attorneys and public defenders to, among other things, determine how to address inadequacies in pay.California AG To Convene With Prosecutors From Mexico, El Salvador On Cross-Border Crimehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29697/15/2014 12:00:00 AMSACRAMENTO (AP) &#8212; State and federal prosecutors from the U.S., Mexico and El Salvador plan to meet this weekend to discuss using technology to combat cross-border organized crime.&nbsp; California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Monday that the meeting will focus on human trafficking, money laundering and the gangs&#8217; growing sophistication in digital piracy and computer hacking.Harris County DA releases PSA on protective ordershttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29667/14/2014 12:00:00 AMDistrict Attorney Devon Anderson released a new public service announcement video today featuring information on protective orders. In the video, Nidia Cantu, a case worker and Kapriva Hutchinson, a social worker in the Office&#8217;s Family Criminal Law Division, join DA Anderson to urge the victims of domestic violence to obtain a protective order to ensure their safety and the safety of their family members.Should felons have a right to Stand Your Ground?http://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29677/14/2014 12:00:00 AMEven the man who wrote Florida's Stand Your Ground law didn't see this one coming: A convicted criminal invoking the controversial law to justify shooting someone.&nbsp; "If you've lost your right to bear arms, then why should you have the protections that law-abiding citizens should have?" asks former state Sen.City takes steps to combat gang, domestic violencehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29687/14/2014 12:00:00 AMCity officials are taking their next steps toward new programs to combat gang and domestic violence after receiving several grants.&nbsp; This month, the Jackson City Council approved a three-year Gang Resistance Intervention Grant worth more than $300,000 that the city will pay $80,500 to match over the next three years.Violent crime in L.A. is up at midyear point for first time since 2003http://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29647/10/2014 12:00:00 AMFor first time in more than a decade, violent crime in Los Angeles rose during the first six months of the year, according to Los Angeles Police Department statistics.&nbsp; LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the department was "very concerned" about the increase but also noted that overall crime, which includes property offenses such as burglaries, remains down.Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds law allowing hearsay during preliminary hearingshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29657/10/2014 12:00:00 AMMADISON, Wis. &#8212; A new state law allowing hearsay as evidence in criminal defendants' preliminary hearings is constitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.Missouri Prosecutors release first best practices recommendationshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29617/9/2014 12:00:00 AMThe Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA) recently adopted two sets of recommended Best Practices for prosecutors. The recommendations relate to the investigation and prosecution of driving while intoxicated cases, and investigative techniques regarding suspects who are in custody.Michigan Supreme Court: Not so fast on resentencing juvenile lifershttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29637/9/2014 12:00:00 AMLANSING &#8212; A U.S. Supreme Court decision that makes mandatory life sentences without parole unconstitutional for juveniles should not be applied retroactively, a divided Michigan Supreme Court said Tuesday in a ruling that brought joy to some families shattered by horrific crimes, but heartbreak to others.Brooklyn Prosecutor Limits When He’ll Target Marijuanahttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29627/9/2014 12:00:00 AMAfter months of resistance from the New York Police Department, the Brooklyn district attorney&#8217;s office announced on Tuesday that it would immediately carry out its plan to stop prosecuting most low-level marijuana cases.&nbsp; The policy was proposed in a draft confidential memorandum in April, but was delayed as prosecutors and police officials tried to iron out their differences in meetings and phone calls.