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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

Growing and Nurturing Elder Abuse MDTs
Lindsay Calamia
Peg Horan
10 / 04 / 2018

The beauty of an elder abuse multidisciplinary team is that it can evolve, grow and naturally, powerfully, integrate with a region’s intervention options for older adults who are [...]

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Setting Up Your Firearms Surrender Program
Krystle Curley
Kimberly Wyatt
10 / 04 / 2018

Removing firearms from those who are prohibited is easier said than done.  Learn how King County, Washington came together to create a regional and multidisciplinary approach to removing firearms [...]

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Rick Hodsdon
10 / 10 / 2018

  Since the Supreme Court made the Fair Labor Standards Act applicable to the public sector in 1986 it has been an on-going personnel issue producing thousands of suits [...]

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Michelle Welch
11 / 28 / 2018

Just like Dogfighting, Cockfighting has links to other crimes like narcotics, and gambling and often involves large asset forfeitures.  This training will give local and state law enforcement and [...]

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Understanding Sexual Violence and Appropriate Responses to Survivors
Jason Vail Cruz
Lindsay Ashworth
11 / 29 / 2018

This one-hour training is appropriate for justice professionals working with victims of sexual violence. After a brief overview of the dynamics of sexual violence, the neurobiology of trauma, and the [...]

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Animal Cruelty Investigations and Prosecutions
Jessica Rock
12 / 13 / 2018

Animal cruelty is more than just a legal issue, it’s a community issue. If you improve animal welfare in a community, you improve public safety for everyone. This [...]

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Michelle Welch
01 / 15 / 2019

“Batterers who also abuse their pets are both more controlling and use more dangerous forms of violence [sexual violence, marital rape, emotional violence and stalking] than batterers who do [...]

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Rick Hodsdon
01 / 24 / 2019

This webinar will acquaint the public sector employer and criminal justice professionals with a major federal law, the benefits and its requirements. We will consider: Who is protected by the [...]

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Roger Blevins
Dyanne Greer
01 / 31 / 2019

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 [...]

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Dog Fighting Investigations and Prosecutions
Jessica Rock
02 / 21 / 2019

Dog fighting is one of the most heinous forms of animal cruelty. Fighting dogs are regularly conditioned for fighting through the use of drugs, including steroids to enhance muscle mass [...]

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Michelle Welch
03 / 05 / 2019

Utilizing specialized prosecutions units and taskforces to aid local law enforcement in investigating difficult investigations and prosecutions.  Today, there are so many crimes vying for law enforcement’s [...]

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Rick Hodsdon
03 / 21 / 2019

Since Congress amended the ADA effective in 2008 employers have found implementation and compliance with ADA requirements to be a serious challenge. We are going to discuss: Who is protected by [...]

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Roger Blevins
Dyanne Greer
04 / 18 / 2019

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 [...]

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Rick Hodsdon
05 / 16 / 2019

The firearms debate and issues of public safety firearms regulation and the Second Amendment are going to continue in the public policy spotlight. In this course, we are going [...]

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Roger Blevins
07 / 09 / 2019

When is a bruise not just a bruise?  When it represents an injury mechanism that was potentially life-threatening to a child.  Jurors frequently do not understand the force [...]

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Roger Blevins
09 / 10 / 2019

Ninety five percent of all delayed ano-genital examinations in cases of suspected child sexual abuse are normal.  While usually normal, delayed sexual abuse examinations are noninvasive & are critical [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Courtroom Witness
Jessica Rock

Police officers face many difficult tasks over the course of their career but testifying in court can be one of the most stressful. At some point, no matter what their [...]

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Medical Records for Child Abuse Cases
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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Medical Records for Criminal Cases
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 [...]

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Children as Witnesses in DV Cases pt I
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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Articles

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 [...]

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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” [...]

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Q&A Questions

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 [...]

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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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questions

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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Summer Stephan SD Co Attorney

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 [...]

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