Charging and Proving Aggravated Assault and Battery, Serious Bodily Injury
March 12, 2014, 1:10 pm – 1:30 pm
Aggravated assault and battery by causing serious bodily injury requires the Commonwealth to prove, “bodily injury that results in a permanent disfigurement, loss or impairment of a bodily function, limb or organ, or a substantial risk of death." G. L. c. 265, § 13A(c). While certain injuries clearly reach this threshold, it can be more difficult to assess whether a charge of aggravated assault and battery is appropriate in other cases. In this twenty minute webinar, Carrie Newton from MDAA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit will review what evidence is sufficient to charge serious bodily injury and discuss how to prove this element at trial in light of Commonwealth v. Scott, 464 Mass. 355 (2013).
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March 26, 2014, 1:10 pm – 1:40 pm
By the time a domestic violence case reaches trial, many victims will no longer testify to the facts provided in their initial report. Proving a case with a recanting victim is possible, but whether or not to proceed with a reluctant victim is a determination that should be made carefully and on a case-specific basis. In this thirty-minute webinar, Carrie Newton from MDAA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit will discuss whether to call a reluctant victim as a witness and offer possible strategies for the direct examination of such witness at trial. She will also consider motions in limine that may be filed to help the jury understand a victim’s recantation and motions that can help the Commonwealth prove the case substantively.
To Register for this Upcoming Webinar: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/325138798
MDAA Training Department: MDAA Resources
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 1:10 - 1:30 pm
Are you new to your office and looking for resources to assist you in prosecuting motor vehicle, domestic violence and sexual assault cases? Then consider logging onto this webinar. Andrea Nardone, Direct of Training and Staff Attorney in the Vehicular Crimes Unit, and Carrie Newton, Staff Attorney in the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, will provide this twenty minute webinar to introduce you to the various resources available through MDAA’s Training Department; including, case law summaries, manuals, on-site trainings scheduled for the upcoming year, and webinars. Attendees will also learn how to navigate to MDAA’s materials on Prosecutors’ Encyclopedia.
To Register for this Upcoming Webinar: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/156229030