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

Christine Keller
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 that must [...]

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Michelle Welch
07 / 11 / 2019

Animal are not stuffed animals that you can collect until you have 101 puppies or cats.  Prosecuting hoarders is a difficult job.  This segment will focus on the unique challenges of [...]

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Marisa McKeown
Ron Nichols
07 / 17 / 2019

What does it take to succeed in the investigation of crimes involving firearms?  First and foremost, it requires a collaboration of police investigators, forensic experts, and prosecutors thinking and acting [...]

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Laurie Blevins
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 to [...]

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Claudine Wilkins
09 / 12 / 2019

Animal cruelty cases can be tricky due to the evidence and reporting collateral crimes to other agencies is important.  Whether you are dealing with a case involving one animal or [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Jessica Rock

To an outsider, cross-examination might seem like a series of random questions, but the process is actually incredibly well-planned and may involve hours of preparation. The goal is to ask [...]

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Rick Hodsdon

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 to [...]

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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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Articles

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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