Weekly News Article Highlights

This feature provides weekly curation of interesting and important criminal justice/prosecutorial developments around the country. Pennington County Sheriff\'s Office releases 2019 Annual Report: https://www.newscenter1.tv/pennington-county-sheriffs-office-releases-2019-annual-report/ Among other things, there has been a decrease in pharmaceutical-related arrests. The County has also introduced several new programs including the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge, of which APA is also a ...

Update: Conviction Rates

Recently, APA provided some insight into the issue of conviction rates through a published letter. In addition to this letter, APA would like to provide some further clarity as to why conviction rates are not an accurate measure of prosecutorial performance. Conviction Rates Definition A conviction is a legal declaration that someone is guilty of a ...

New Laws in 2020

Now that 2020 has arrived, scores of new laws are going into effect across the country. From legalization of marijuana and criminal justice reform to raising minimum wage and the cost of electric cars, state legislatures are having a major impact on the nation’s laws. The Hill’s Reid Wilson joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss ...

Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts Determination Before the Supreme Court

Last Monday, October 7, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for a case that could provide a definitive structure for states regarding non-unanimous petit jury verdicts. Ramos v. Louisiana may provide clarity to an earlier decision which required federal juries to come to a unanimous verdict, but conceded to state juries the ability to ...

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Los Angeles Police Department and ALTO US Announce New Crime Fighting Tool to Battle Organized Retail Crime in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- They strike quickly, criminals who are becoming increasingly more brazen and dangerous as they grab highly sought-after product from store shelves, ripping off retailers and reselling it for financial gain. Organized retail crime (ORC) is happening more often and cost the overall U.S. retail economy $49.8 billion in ...

Peter Strasser sworn in as U.S. attorney for New Orleans office

Former longtime federal prosecutor Peter Strasser took the helm of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans on Monday after a quiet swearing-in ceremony. Confirmed late last month by the U.S. Senate, Strasser becomes the first presidentially appointed U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 18 months, since Kenneth Polite Jr. was swept ...

Failed service dog finds his perfect role

The Anderson County District Attorney General\'s office has a new employee that\'s barking up a lot of attention. This new hire has black hair, big brown eyes and four legs. While his wagging tail makes him stand out, his enthusiasm for the job is inspiring. Jake, a black lab mix, failed three times as a service ...

Lafourche interim district attorney excited about new role

Although she enjoyed her private law practice, Kristine Russell said she didn’t find her true calling until she joined the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office. “From the day I walked in, I felt like I was home,” she said. “I felt as though this was where I was meant to be. There’s never been a ...

Seized fentanyl enough to kill everyone in Columbus, prosecutor says

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio county prosecutor says the amount of fentanyl seized from three California men last month was enough to kill the entire population of Columbus. A Franklin County grand jury on Friday indicted Joel Lassiter, Luis Delgado and Rashaad Williams on aggravated drug trafficking and drug possession charges. Court records don’t indicate ...