Top 10 Ways to Screw Up a Case

Top 10 Ways to Screw Up a Case
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2021-08-03
Unit 1Slide Deck: Top 10 Ways to Screw Up a Case
Unit 2Workbook: Top 10 Ways to Screw Up a Case
Unit 3Transcript: Top 10 Ways to Screw Up a Case
Unit 4Recording: Top 10 Ways to Screw Up a Case

To get people to do things and follow specific rules, you tell them what to do. But for some, getting things etched in their memory requires a more creative approach. And this is what Jake Kamins did on this webinar in an ironic approach to get people involved in animal cruelty cases to remember what it entails to build a robust case.

Jake Kamins is the Animal Cruelty Deputy District Attorney (AC-DDA) in the State of Oregon. He represents the State and prosecutes criminal animal cruelty cases, serves as a subject matter expert, trains and consults with various entities working on animal cruelty issues, and is involved in legislative drafting and testimony.

Specifics of the webinar involve:

  • The value of familiarity with the law to serve as guidance on the procedures, the rights of those involved, and the violations committed.
  • Evidence handling guidelines when it comes to preserving its forensic value, managing live evidence, and processing animal remains.
  • Conducting thorough interviews by recording and taking detailed notes, utilizing qualified interpreters, and not mixing up the interviewees.
  • Fostering professional relationships to ensure seamless processes and effective collaborations among the different organizations working together on a case.
  • Writing accurate and comprehensive yet easy-to-follow reports that captures all key information required during the investigation and needed to best present the case in trial.
  • Why it is absolutely crucial to proactively turn in all vital pieces of evidence as part of discovery particularly exculpatory evidence.
  • Preparing for court testimony by reviewing personal notes and written reports pertinent to the case and reaching out to the prosecutors to brush up on basic court procedures and guidelines when testifying.
  • Critical courtroom conduct to observe from the court hallways to the testimony itself.
  • The importance of remaining respectful to the judge, the courtroom, and the justice system it represents.
  • The foremost rule in the court to never lie under oath and the repercussions of doing otherwise.

Points clarified during the Q&A segment were about:

  • How the hypotheticals mentioned happened and impacted real-life cases.
  • Workaround when an agency hasn’t quite built inter-agency relationships yet.
  • The detrimental effect of discussing on social media the details of cases with pending investigation or awaiting trial, particularly statements from an agency’s leadership.
  • The different ways to incorrectly freeze a scene and inadvertently impact the integrity of the evidence.
  • The differences and relationship between state and federal prosecution in felony cases such as dogfighting.


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Audience Comments

  • “The content of the webinar was outstanding. Humor always makes learning better.” — Alan
  • “The tongue-in-cheek method of presenting info was a nice change of pace.” — Amber
  • “Good approach – funny. Kept my attention.” — Ann
  • “Prosecution is really a “team event” from the investigation to working with other agencies, to working with your witnesses.” — Debbie
  • “I thought the way it was present was great. It really held your attention.” — Joan
  • “Helpful tips on how to proceed with taking down interviews.” — Julie
  • “I liked the different take on the webinar. It kept my attention throughout the whole time and I learned more than I would have otherwise. Thank you!” — Kathleen
  • “He made the LAW very simple. Excellent presentation.” — Robert




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This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association and is approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit. Please refer to your NACA membership portal for current CEU submission process. Current NACA Members who attend the live presentation or watch the recording will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo. Visit the NACA training page for a complete list of future trainings.




This webinar has been pre-approved by the Maine Animal Welfare Program for 1 Continuing Education Unit for the State of Maine’s ACO annual training. You can find more information about Certification, required annual training or submitting materials for credit at Maine’s Animal Control Officer Resource Page.





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