Hash Oil 101: From Explosions to Extreme Impairment

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This is the second installment in the National TSRP Webinar Series and will be presented by Courtney Popp, one of the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors for the State of Washington. This session will cover the two primary areas of concern with hash oil. The first is the manufacturing of hash oil which is contributing to dangerous explosions in residential areas. Law enforcement officers responding to these scenes need to know what to watch out for. The second major concern is the extreme level of impairment caused by the use of hash oil and the danger this presents on our roadways. Hash oil is extremely potent and very popular among young users. Officers need to be aware of the paraphernalia associated with hash oil, use patterns, and the signs and symptoms of impairment they should expect to see in someone under the influence.

To Register for this Upcoming Webinar: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/216988654


File Organization and Case Preparation for an Operating Under the Influence Case

Monday, November 17, 2014, 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

To a newer prosecutor, preparing an operating under the influence (OUI) case may seem easy at first but can quickly become overwhelming when keeping track of hospital records, inventory searches, registry records and breath testing documents. Often times, the simplest steps are overlooked. MDAA's Motor Vehicle Staff Attorney, Andrea Nardone, will walk you through a brief presentation on what every prosecutor should know when preparing an OUI case for trial.

To Register for this Upcoming Webinar: http://sorry.gotomeeting.com/register/738517606


Prior False Accusations in Sexual Assault Prosecutions

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

In general, evidence of prior bad acts may not be used to impeach a witness’s credibility. One exception to this rule is that records of criminal convictions can be used to impeach credibility. A second, more limited exception, was announced in the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision of Commonwealth v. Bohannon, 376 Mass. 90 (1978). In this thirty- minute webinar, Carrie Newton from MDAA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, will review the required foundational elements for offering prior false accusations and analyze subsequent cases that reinforce the limited applicability of the Bohannon exception. This webinar will also discuss discovery issues that may arise in a case where the defendant hopes to rely on a defense of prior false accusations.

To Register for this Upcoming Webinar: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/359629606