Prosecutor/Legal

 

The Justice Clearinghouse covers topics of particular interest and focus for prosecutors and their staff — on a regular basis: through the webinars we hold, the articles we write, as well as the articles we curate from other respected sources. 

Begin or enhance your knowledge in ways that will be immediately applicable to prosecutors and staff by reviewing some of the information below.

 

Upcoming Webinars

Gipsy Escobar
09 / 29 / 2020

The criminal justice system in the United States produces vast amounts of data on a daily basis. However, these data are rarely used by agencies beyond the tracking of individual [...]

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Emily Lewis
David Rosengard
09 / 29 / 2020

An animal subjected to cruelty or neglect is a crime victim unlike any other.  She is simultaneously a living being who requires care and treatment; living evidence of crime whose [...]

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Judge Brandon Birmingham
10 / 15 / 2020

Bewildered and grieving, America watched in shock as the man responsible for the assassination of a beloved President was himself assassinated on national TV by Dallas Night Club Owner Jacob [...]

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David Rosengard
10 / 29 / 2020

Despite a storied history of being litigated, regulated, and protected under the law, wildlife is all too often overlooked in the context of animal cruelty statutes.  Join ALDF Senior Staff [...]

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Judge Brandon Birmingham
11 / 19 / 2020

Silently enraged about the perceived murder of innocent Americans by their own Government at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco and in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, as well as the perceived [...]

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Carolyn Naoroz
Janne Gaub
01 / 14 / 2021

Police body-worn cameras (BWCs) have primarily been discussed from the perspective of police. As the primary users of the technology, this makes sense. But the implementation of a BWC program [...]

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Jamie Contreras
01 / 21 / 2021

In the United States, farmers raise billions of animals every year for their meat, milk, and eggs.  No federal laws govern how those animals are treated while they are on [...]

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Michelle Welch
02 / 04 / 2021

From the minute you step into the puppy mill, it is important to capture the images and the cacophony of the living conditions.  Large Scale seizures all have the same [...]

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Jennifer Heisig
Hilary Weinberg
02 / 18 / 2021

Working in a prosecuting agency can be stressful.  High caseloads, the serious nature of the cases, vicarious trauma, balancing life and work and of course, the additional challenges brought about [...]

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K. Campbell
02 / 25 / 2021

Thirteen prosecutors in the U.S. have been murdered since 1967.  During the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials have quit their jobs over concerns for their safety, and some have been [...]

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Emily LaGratta
03 / 11 / 2021

We all want to be fair in our roles. Fairness may even be a direct mandate within our agency's mission statement. But how do we know if we're successful in [...]

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David Rosengard
04 / 01 / 2021

Animals seized in the course of cruelty cases have unique needs, which can pose challenges involving evidence preservation, unanticipated drains on law enforcement resources, and harm to the animals themselves. [...]

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Michelle Welch
04 / 29 / 2021

When should you charge?  Is it Simple or Gross Neglect?  When does it rise to Cruelty?  Do you know?  Are you letting them slide when you should be charging them?  [...]

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Edward Paine
Hilary Weinberg
05 / 13 / 2021

Preparing a case for trial takes a lot of work.  Attorneys have to assess and mark their evidence, file motions and issue subpoenas.  Among the many tasks is the need [...]

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Emily Lewis
07 / 15 / 2021

When a low-income client presents a severely neglected animal to a veterinarian for treatment, the doctor faces a difficult conundrum: is it their duty to protect the animal from continued [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Emily Lewis
David Rosengard

An animal subjected to cruelty or neglect is a crime victim unlike any other.  She is simultaneously a living being who requires care and treatment; living evidence of crime whose [...]

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Gipsy Escobar

The criminal justice system in the United States produces vast amounts of data on a daily basis. However, these data are rarely used by agencies beyond the tracking of individual [...]

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Monica Player

Protection orders are just one of the mechanisms that the justice system put into place to protect victims from retaliation or harassment from their offenders, often seen in domestic violence [...]

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Jake Kamins

A collaborative approach is seen to be effective in the law enforcement and justice profession. It also highlights that the players’ involvement in a case makes all the difference. Just [...]

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Bob Troyer
Tom Brandon

Developments over the last couple of weeks paved the path to a movement that demands defunding of law enforcement – a seemingly simplistic, even counterintuitive solution to ineffective policing. Law enforcement [...]

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Katharine Manning

Amanda Nguyen was a college student at Harvard. She was sexually assaulted and wasn’t sure if she wanted to report to the police or not. While most people would [...]

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Lindsay M. Gephardt

One of the best parts of working in the criminal justice system is the sense of fulfillment that an individual gets knowing that their work helps to keep people safe. [...]

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Jessica Lauginiger

Large-scale animal cases that involve seizures may seem like an overwhelming operation. Any law enforcement or animal control officer may find themselves daunted by what it will entail and the [...]

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Richard Goldberg
Andrea Higgens
Jenefer Duane

Webinar Video Clip: Suspicious Activity Reports - Taking Your Elder Financial Abuse Investigations to the Next Level   The multi-disciplinary approach required when handling Elder Financial Exploitation (EFE) cases has [...]

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Talitha Guinn-Shaver
Jenefer Duane

Working on elder financial exploitation cases requires mobilization from separate entities. APS, law enforcement, financial institutions - these are just some of the sectors that must collaborate to trace the [...]

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Katharine Manning

Webinar Video Clip: Victim Rights in a Post Epstein World It took decades for victims to fight for their rights and have their voices heard. Victims aren’t always aware [...]

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Audra Houghton

Investigating animal crimes can be a lot of work as it is, but dealing with large animals can make it even more tedious. Past Justice Clearinghouse animal welfare and control [...]

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Jake Kamins

Webinar Video Clip: Working with Your Local Vet   There is value in having an expert witness to prove a case beyond reasonable doubt. This is particularly true in animal [...]

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Hilary Weinberg

We worry about concussions due to sports injuries or car accidents but rarely do we consider if a domestic violence victim may be concussed from physical blows to the face [...]

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Michelle Welch

It may be a generalization to put individuals in a box based on their age or the generation they belong to. But it certainly helps to give us some level [...]

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Dan Fisher

This course is the third installment of Justice Clearinghouse’s Gang Related Crime Series. The first part introduced us to criminal street gangs and gang-related crimes. Meanwhile,  the second course [...]

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Judge Brandon Birmingham
Dr. Jill Johansson-Love

Domestic Violence isn’t just a matter of anger management. The motivation behind it is the abuser wanting to assert control in the relationship. With this in mind, intervention and [...]

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Laurie Blevins
Roger Blevins

Proving abuse can be infuriating. Victims are questioned on the validity of the claim of abuse and are subjected to retraumatization as the incident is recounted in court.  In such [...]

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Amy Taylor
Michelle Welch

As with almost anything in life, preparation makes all the difference. This certainly is the case when it comes to court proceeding, specifically for witness testimonies. To talk about witness [...]

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Jake Kamins

Cases on animal cruelty or neglect can be difficult to investigate or prosecute. Lack of knowledge and education on statutes to use and procedures to do certainly makes these cases [...]

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Kate Loudenslagel
Hilary Weinberg

The lethality of strangulation is severe but proving it can be problematic. Difficulties may arise because of the lack of outward injuries, the defendant claiming self-defense, or the victim recanting [...]

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Addison Owen
Jessica Ellefritz
Ron Nichols

Change is good, it allows us to grow and improve but making changes can be challenging. It takes so much more than just intention to make it stick – especially when [...]

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Shannon Struble
Michael G. Gingold

It can be tricky to Investigate and prosecute gang crimes. Mere hearsay that a gang is involved in some incident is not enough to prove that the crime is actually [...]

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Elizabeth Ortiz

Ethics and human bias are two topics that can get tricky to navigate when entangled with each other. For prosecutors, human bias can create problems when observing their ethical responsibilities. [...]

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William Babb
Michael G. Gingold

This webinar will serve as a primer for basic gang investigation and prosecution.  It will focus on different types of gangs, the importance of documenting gang members and gangs, and [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

The urgency in the need to address animal abuse is established through the well-supported findings that link animal cruelty to other crimes. Awareness of animal law can definitely still be [...]

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Laurie Blevins
Roger Blevins

Hearing the details of child sexual abuse incidents and cases is dreadful. Unknown to most of us is that ninety-five percent of all delayed child sexual abuse examinations turn out [...]

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Marisa McKeown
Ron Nichols

A collaborative approach has been espoused by different sectors in addressing some of their most pressing issues. It is no different when it comes to crime gun prevention and investigation. [...]

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Michelle Welch

Animal hoarding cases are tedious – just the sheer number of animals in such cases and the logistics involved can be challenging. Add the difficulty of as well as treading the [...]

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Jessica Rock

The responsibility of law enforcement does not end with going to the scene of the crime or catching the bad guys. It also includes coming to court and testifying as [...]

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Rick Hodsdon

The debate on gun control can get heated but despite conflicting positions from different sectors of society, federal statutes have definite stipulations on firearm possession in effect. These, together with [...]

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Donielle Wright
Hilary Weinberg

As if building, handling and prosecuting cases aren’t a challenge by itself already, sometimes, we are faced with a recanting victim. This is especially common in domestic violence cases – [...]

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Christine Keller
Roger Blevins

The investigation and prosecution of Abusive Head Trauma cases is fraught with perceived contradictions in the medical literature.  In fact, AHT is very well accepted medical concept worldwide which is [...]

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Kim D'Amico
Julie Schoen

Over the last few years, greater awareness on elder abuse paved the way to numerous initiatives to elevate the criminal justice field’s proactive measures and response to such incidents. [...]

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Rick Hodsdon

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), first enacted in 1990 and amended in 2009 was put into place to eradicate discrimination against individuals with disabilities. In the workplace setting, ADA works to [...]

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Roger Blevins
Dyanne Greer

Young children and infants are incapable of coherently recounting abuse they experienced. This becomes a challenge to justice and medical professionals who want to ensure that the children are safe [...]

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Michelle Welch

Investigation and prosecution are two complex aspects of criminal justice. This gets even more tricky when the law to be applied is relatively new. Brought about by a new awareness [...]

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Roger Blevins
Dyanne Greer

Abusive head trauma/inflicted traumatic brain injury cases (formerly “shaken baby syndrome”) are among the most difficult child physical abuse cases to prosecute.  Investigators & prosecutors are often overwhelmed when [...]

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Vicki Assegued

The concept of Restorative Justice may seem new and unfamiliar for most people, but this system’s roots go as far back into history and is used throughout the world, [...]

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Jessica Rock

Animal cruelty is now recognized as a legitimate crime and has been gaining more and more support from all concerned sectors. As a relatively novel crime, it is not without [...]

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Courtroom Witness
Jessica Rock

Law enforcement’s responsibility is to serve and protect. This includes responding to calls, enforcing laws, and make arrests. It is also a part of law enforcement’s job to [...]

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Roger Blevins
Dyanne Greer

Medical reports and records make all the difference when it comes to proving child abuse cases. The medical field is one of the most prestigious career paths that entail years [...]

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Rick Hodsdon

It is mandated that the government, specifically law enforcement and prosecution, is bound to disclose exculpatory evidence as decreed in various US Supreme Court rulings including the landmark cases of [...]

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Dyanne Greer
Hilary Weinberg

Medical records are often critical in criminal cases, as they detail the medical diagnosis/treatment that may form the basis of criminal charges.   However, they can be daunting when law [...]

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Patrick Beumler
Hilary Weinberg

Domestic Violence can be a problematic case. The community might not want to meddle with such cases with the belief that such disputes must be dealt with by the family [...]

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Kate Loudenslagel
Hilary Weinberg

This course discusses the challenges faced in the investigation and prosecution of drowning cases.  We will discuss some tips in investigating these cases and thoughts on how to present these [...]

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Jon Eliason

Using confidential informants has always been a challenge. While there are times when using a CI is useful and can gain law enforcement agencies valuable information they might get in [...]

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Hilary Weinberg
Tarah White

The crime of strangulation hasn’t always been given its due. The prevailing attitude towards strangulation for decades was “if it didn’t kill the victim, then things will be [...]

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Jim Seeger
Hilary Weinberg

In 1960, a person could expect to live until they were about 69. Today? “Sixty is the new 50.” With better health care, diet and exercise, most of us are living longer: the [...]

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Kim MacEachern
Jon Eliason

  This course will focus on the importance of communications between the police and prosecutor in terms of turning over evidence to the defense – especially evidence that might exonerate the [...]

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Keith Manning

  During this webinar you will learn: How media has corrupted the jury pool’s understanding of forensics and firearms Common myths of the modern gunfight The valuable forensic evidence [...]

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Karyn Rasile

"Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence “(Strack and Gwinn, 2011). In fact, one study explains that a victim whom is strangled by their partner is seven [...]

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Articles

Webinar presenter Dr. Sandra Antoniak answered a number of your questions after her presentation, The Worst of Both Worlds: Risk-Taking and the Transitional Age Brain. Here are just a few [...]

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Sherrill Wayland and Bonnie Olsen shared some insightful information during their webinar, Increased Risks for Elder Abuse among the LGBTQ Community: What Justice Professionals Need to Know. Here’s just [...]

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Webinar presenter Jake Kamins answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Working and Managing Inter-Agency Relationships: Investigating and Prosecuting Animal Abuse Cases. Here are just a few of [...]

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Webinar presenters Bob Troyer and Tom Brandon answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Preserving and Enhancing Your Violent Crime Reduction Program in the Era of "De-Funding."  Here [...]

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Webinar presenter Jessica Johnson answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Large Scale Animal Cruelty Seizures. Here are just a few of her responses.   Audience Question: Who [...]

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Webinar presenter Lindsay Gephardt answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Evidence-Based Prosecutions: Building Your Case One Puzzle Piece at a Time. Here are just a few of [...]

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Webinar presenter Katharine Manninganswered a number of your questions after her presentation, Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights.  Here are just a few of her responses.   Audience Question: How [...]

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Jake Kamins shared some incredible insights and advice during his webinar, "Working with Your Local Vet: Creating Veterinary Partnerships among Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Your Veterinary Community.” Here’s just [...]

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Webinar presenter Jake Kamins answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Working with Your Local Vets: Creating Partnerships among Law Enforcement, Prosecution and your Veterinary Community.  Here are [...]

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Hilary Weinberg shared extraordinary information and statistics during her webinar, “Traumatic Brain Injury: It’s Not Just about Football.” This was just one. "43% of women who were murdered in domestic [...]

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Hilary Weinberg shared extraordinary information and statistics during her webinar, "Traumatic Brain Injury: It's Not Just about Football." This was just one. "1.3-1.5 million women experience Interpersonal Violence in their [...]

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Webinar presenter Hilary Weinberg answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Traumatic Brain Injury: It's Not Just about Football. Here are just a few of her responses.   [...]

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Webinar presenter Claudine Wilkins answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Dangerous Dog Cases: Tips on Investigations and Prosecutions. Here are just a few of her responses. Audience [...]

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Webinar presenter Jessica Rock answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Domestic Violence & DV Investigations. Here are just a few of her responses.   Audience Question: What [...]

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Webinar presenter Michelle Welch answered a number of your questions after her presentation, So in Other Words, How Do You Speak in Your Judge's Langauge?  Here are just a few [...]

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Webinar presenter Victoria Riechers answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Working with Sexual Assault Survivors with Disabilities. Here are just a few of her responses.   Audience [...]

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Michelle Welch shared incredible insights and advice during her webinar, "In Other Words... How Do You Speak Your Judge's Language?" But we especially loved this reminder.   "Never stop fighting [...]

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Webinar presenters Roger Blevins and Laurie Blevins answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Presenting Medical Evidence in Child Abuse Cases. Here are just a few of their [...]

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Webinar presenters Michelle Welch and Amy Taylor answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Witness Preparation: How to Effectively Prepare Your Experts and Witnesses to Win Your Cases. [...]

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Webinar presenter Jake Kamins answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Animals as Victims: Charging and the Law. Here are just a few of his responses, edited for [...]

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Webinar presenter Michelle Welch answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Investigating and Prosecuting Animal Sexual Abuse Cases. Here are just a few of her responses.   Audience [...]

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Webinar presenters Michael Gingold and Shannon Struble answered a number of your questions after their presentation, The Changing Face of Gangs and Criminal Organizations. Here are just a few of [...]

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Webinar presenters Hilary Weinberg and Kate Loudenslagel answered a number of your questions after their presentation, The Investigation and Prosecution of Strangulation Cases. Here are just a few of their [...]

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Webinar presenter Elizabeth Ortiz answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Ethics and Human Bias. Here are just a few of her responses.   Audience Question: How do [...]

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Webinar presenters Richard Samuels and  Michelle Welch answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Advanced Cock Fighting Investigations and Prosecutions. Here are just a few of their responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Claudine Wilkins answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Prosecutor and Law Enforcement Tools in Animal Abuse Cases.  Here are just a few of her responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenters Laurie Blevins and Roger Blevins answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Presenting Medical Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases.  Here are just a few of [...]

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Webinar presenter Rick Hodsdon answered a number of your questions after his presentation, What Justice Professionals Need to Know about Garrity: Myths & Realities.    Here are just a few of [...]

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Webinar presenters Marisa McKeown and Ron Nichols answered a number of your questions after their presentation, NIBIN-Led Policing: A Prosecutor's Perspective.  Here are just a few of their responses.   [...]

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Webinar presenter Amy Taylor and Michelle Welch answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Advanced Techniques in Dog Fighting Investigations.   Here are just a few of their responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Hilary Weinberg and Donielle Wright answered a number of your questions after their presentation, How to Handle Recanting Witnesses. Here are just a few of their responses.   &[...]

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Webinar presenter Rick Hodsdon answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Federal Statutes and Who is Not Allowed to Possess Firearms. Here are just a few of his [...]

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Christina McCale

Whether you grew up watching Gun Smoke, fantasizing about driving a Ford Gran Torino like Starsky & Hutch, or working cases like the Law & Order crew, being a "good [...]

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Webinar presenter Michelle Welch of the Virginia Attorney General's Office answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Advanced Techniques for Dog Fighting Prosecutions. Here are just a few [...]

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We loved this statement Michelle Welch made during her webinar, Advanced Techniques for Dog Fighting Prosecutions, about the importance of keeping perspective and being willing to humble yourself to have [...]

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Webinar presenter Rick Hodsdon answered a number of your questions after his presentation, “The ADA for Justice Professionals.” Here are a few of his responses.   Audience Question: Does the [...]

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Webinar presenter Michelle Welch answered a number of your questions after her presentation, “Creating an Animal Abuse & Cruelty Unit.” Here are a few of her responses.   Audience Question: [...]

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Webinar presenters Dyanne Greer and Roger Blevins answered a number of your questions after their presentation, “Abusive Head Trauma Part 2.” Here are a few of their responses.   Audience Question: [...]

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Michelle Welch of the Virginia Attorney General's Office shared some incredible insights and advice during her webinar, "Combatting Cock Fighting: What Investigators and Prosecutors Need to Know." Here’s just [...]

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Webinar presenters Dyanne Greer and Roger Blevins  answered a number of your questions after their presentation, “Abusive Head Trauma for Prosecutors & Investigators.” Here are a few of their responses. &[...]

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Truly listening -- whether to a victim, a colleague or a partner -- starts with respect. During her webinar, “Restorative Justice and Victim-Offender Dialogue,” Vicki Assegued provided excellent advice for [...]

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Webinar presenter Michelle Welch answered a number of your questions after his presentation  "What Investigators and Prosecutors Need to Know about Building Cases Against Cock Fighting Perpetrators." Here are a [...]

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Webinar presenters Sabath Huttle and Krystle Curley of the King County Regional Domestic Violence Firearms Enforcement Unit answered a number of your questions after their presentation, "Domestic [...]

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During their presentation, "Domestic Violence and Firearm Relinquishment: From Honor System to Actual Enforcement," presenters Sandra Shanahan and Kim Wyatt shared a great saying they learned from their own supervisor, [...]

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Christina McCale

For some people, the idea of having to testify in a court case might be as appealing as getting a root canal. But for many justice professionals, the concept of [...]

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Christina McCale

Domestic violence and guns can be a lethal combination. In 2014, Washington State adopted a firearms relinquishment law allowing courts to issue “Orders to Surrender Weapons” when entering certain types of [...]

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Webinar presenter Rick Hodsdon answered a number of your questions after his presentation, "Giglio, Brady and Discipline Disclosures: What Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Need to Know." Here are [...]

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Christina McCale

What is the Brady case and what does it have to do with you as a law enforcement officer or prosecutor? And who is Giglio? If you're confused by these [...]

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Christina McCale

Medical records can be a roadmap for understanding what has happened to a victim. But unlike the medical dramas on TV, medical records can be hard to read, challenging to [...]

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Webinar presenter Chris Lindberg answered a number of your questions after his presentation, "DNA Basics: Understanding DNA Evidence in Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions." Here are some of his [...]

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A powerful comment from San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan in the San Diego County Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Blueprint 2018. "Our civilization will be judged on how we [...]

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Christina McCale

Very few things happen quite like they are depicted on TV, especially when it comes to crime investigation. But DNA has become more and more important to investigators and prosecutors [...]

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Christina McCale

According to government statistics between 3-4 million children ages 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.  Ninety-five percent of these cases involve female victims -- typically [...]

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Christina McCale

Most people agree that people who abuse animals are cruel. But there's an evolving line of thinking that by looking at these crimes against animals, sometimes you can also make [...]

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Christina McCale

There is no "silver bullet" for solving gun crime. Solving gun crime requires looking at every discharge of firearms, collaboration among a region's agencies, an understanding of the processes and [...]

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The Justice Clearinghouse
Based on a webinar presentation, check out these 11 tips for how to effectively prosecute and investigate hot car deaths. 

This infographic highlights the challenges faced in the investigation and prosecution of drowning cases.  It shares investigative tips, the unique challenges, and how to present these kinds of cases [...]

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Christina McCale

Each year, 37 kids - not to mention hundreds of pets - die from heatstroke because they were left in a hot car. It's a senseless death: entirely driven from a [...]

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Christina McCale

The statistics are just astonishing. 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have been the victims of elder abuse. Further, "The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that for [...]

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Christina McCale

We all will grow older. But that doesn't mean that as older people, we should become victims to elder abuse. But according to recent statistics, all too often, that can [...]

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Christina McCale

  Join webinar hosts Hilary Weinberg and Kate Loudenslagel of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to learn: challenges faced in the investigation and prosecution of drowning cases,  tips in investigating [...]

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Christina McCale

It'll only be a few minutes. 15 at most? A warm day. You'll just be popping into the dry cleaner to pick up the laundry - what harm could it be? [...]

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Christina McCale

No one wants to think about the possibility of an innocent person being wrongfully convicted. From Blackstone to Benjamin Franklin; Voltaire, to even the book of Genesis, it's a long-held [...]

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Christina McCale

Using confidential informants can be fraught with challenges. Between guidelines and case law, prosecutors and law enforcement officers have clear benchmarks for using informants while they build their cases. Join [...]

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This infographic, based on a webinar, provides the key types of elder abuse, its frequency, and how justice professionals can identify it.
confidential informants
Based on webinar content, this infographic provides 11 key tips for prosecutors and law enforcement officers when managing confidential informants.   
Christina McCale

The crime of strangulation hasn’t always been given its due. The prevailing attitude towards strangulation for decades was “if it didn’t kill the victim, then things will be [...]

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Christina McCale

  Incarcerating people prior to trial is fraught with challenges. It can be a costly process – both to the system as well as to those involved in the proceedings. Based [...]

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Christina McCale

  It’s an unthinkable, unspeakable crime that happens every day in cities large and small across America. Its victims are from all walks of life, from all socioeconomic backgrounds. [...]

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