Ethics Corner: Survey of “Ethics Gurus” in AG Offices Reveals Priorities

Amie Ely, director of NAGTRI's Center for Ethics & Public Integrity (CEPI), writes about assembling a cadre of "ethics gurus" from attorneys general offices and summarizes some of the ethics issues that have been identified. One issue addressed is whether prosecutors can ethically advise law enforcement in undercover operations that involve the use of subterfuge.

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An Alternative to Prosecution: Victim Offender Mediation

The Korean Mediation Model for handling non-violent criminal matters is being used as an example of how countries around the world can expedite cases and reduce the burden on the judicial system.

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Jury Selection and Bull: Tips from the TV Program and Observations from a Practitioner

Can the new CBS television program Dr. Bull provide jury selection tips for AG prosecutors? An experienced and successful trial attorney with over 40 years' experience and 300 trials under his belt reviews the key principles from the program and offers his own suggestions for a revealing, informative, and persuasive voir dire.

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Attorneys General Take Action on Proposed ABA Postconviction Standards

Washington, D.C. —The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 38 state and territorial attorneys general to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Criminal Justice Section (CJS) expressing concerns over ABA’s proposed “Standards Relating to Postconviction Remedies.” The NAAG letter follows July comments already submitted by five members of…

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Status Update on Authenticating Social Media Evidence: The Three Primary Approaches Applied Nationally

This article presents a detailed overview of the current and conflicting state of the law regarding authentication standards for admitting social networking records.

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The Interaction between Rule 3.8(d) and the Constitutional Requirements of Brady and Giglio

This is an ongoing column exploring various ethical topics relevant to attorneys general and other government attorneys. Look for the Ethics Corner in each issue of the quarterly NAGTRI Journal.

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“First, Do No Harm”: Criminal Prosecutions of Doctors for Distributing Controlled Substances Outside of Legitimate Medical Need

NAGTRI revisited a 2007 study on physicians who had been prosecuted for prescribing controlled substances. The goal of this project was to determine if there had been any shift in the numbers of prosecutions, patient addictions, or states issuing opioid prescription guidelines since the 2007 study in an effort to curb the opioid abuse epidemic across the country.

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Presidential Council Issues Report Arguing that Ballistics Testimony Should Not be Admitted as Evidence

On Sept. 19, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report titled "Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods.". This article introduces PCAST and provides an overview of the 174-page report and its recommendations to judges across the nation.

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