Attorneys General Support Federal Prison Reform

Washington, D.C. — NAAG sent a letter to House and Senate leadership today, announcing support for the FIRST STEP Act. “As our jurisdictions’ Attorneys General, public safety and the faithful execution of the law fall squarely on our shoulders. Constituents hold us uniquely accountable for ensuring our communities provide a safe place to work and raise a…

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AGs Host Forensic Science Training For Prosecutors

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is hosting a three-and-a-half day forensic science training starting today in Washington, D.C. This second Forensic Science Symposium will teach approximately 70 federal, state, local, and international prosecutors how to ethically and effectively use forensic science in criminal cases. The training will explain the science behind…

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Compliance Monitoring and State Attorney General Investigations: Issues in Appointment and Operation

With increasing use of compliance monitors by state attorneys general and federal law enforcement in corporate settlement agreements, this article describes the significant advantages that monitors provide in enforcing complex injunctive relief and overseeing systemic corporate changes, and discusses key practices and standards to consider in selecting monitors and defining their roles.

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What McDonnell v. United States Means for State Corruption Prosecutors

When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Robert McDonnell v. United States nearly two years ago, it announced a new standard for cases involving a federal bribery statute. This first article of a two-part series examines how state courts have construed McDonnell and provides some practical tips for prosecutors to consider when investigating, charging, and trying corruption cases that may help avoid McDonnell issues.

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Prosecutors and Investigators Working Seamlessly To Address Non-Traditional Crimes Using Unconventional Strategies

It is a difficult task ascertaining the best ways prosecutors and investigators can address non-traditional criminal activity concerning illegal trade when typical remedies are ineffective. Additionally, these criminal enterprises are more and more frequently taking advantage of the global economy and transit capabilities, as well as advances in technology that defy traditional investigative techniques.

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Identifying Methods Prosecutors May Use to Help Reduce the Infiltration of Counterfeit and Dangerous Products and Practices from Entering the Marketplace

Sandra Arenas, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Connecticut; Christine Johnson Spence, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Jamaica; John Moreira, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Rhode Island; Paul Singer, Chief, Consumer Protection Bureau, Office of the Attorney General of Texas; Setha…

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Prosecuting Drug Overdose Cases: A Paradigm Shift

The number of overdose deaths in the United States has risen alarmingly; they are now the number one cause of accidental deaths. Investigating and prosecuting these deaths as homicides requires re-thinking how law enforcement handles these deaths and a thorough understanding of the laws supporting prosecuting the dealer who sold the drugs.

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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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