Prior Inconsistent Statements, Tuesday, 12/01/15, 1:10 pm
In Commonwealth v. Daye, the Supreme Judicial Court permitted a sworn prior inconsistent statement, a statement on identification given to grand jury, to be admitted as substantive evidence when the witness on the stand testified inconsistently and was available for cross-examination. 393 Mass. 55, 74-75 (1984). This rule was expanded in Commonwealth v. Belmer, 78 Mass. App. Ct. 62 (2010), review denied, 459 Mass. 1101, in which the Appeals Court upheld the admission of a restraining order affidavit as a prior inconsistent statement based on its indicia of reliability. In this thirty minute webinar, Carrie Newton from MDAA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit will discuss the use of prior inconsistent statements as substantive evidence, in domestic violence and sexual assault prosecutions. This is a NEW webinar.
National TSRP: The 7 Deadly Sins of Impaired Driving Cases, 12/02/15, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Driving sober is a virtue, yet impaired drivers continue to plague our nation's highways. National arrest statistics reveal more than 10,000 people died in alcohol impaired driving crashes in 2013 - one every 51 minutes. In 51 minutes, this webinar will explore lessons learned in the trenches from 7 real impaired driving prosecutions from the beginning of the investigation to the end of the courtroom trial. Wisdom will be imparted regarding the 7 deadly sins committed by impaired drivers and what we can do as law enforcement officers and prosecutors to better hold these offenders accountable. Please join us for an important hour worth of education and instruction concerning fallen humanity's tendency to drive impaired. This webinar will be presented by Jared Olson, the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor for the State of Idaho.
Prior Bad Acts, Tuesday, 12/22/15, 1:10 pm
While you cannot offer a defendant’s prior bad acts as propensity evidence, these acts may be offered for alternative reasons. For instance, prior bad acts can help jurors understand the nature of the relationship in a domestic violence case. Similarly, prior incidents of sexual assault may show a common course of conduct to persuade a jury that the defendant committed the charged sexual assault. During this 30 minute webinar, Carrie Newton from MDAA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit will provide an overview of prior bad acts and review the permissible uses of prior bad acts discussed in Commonwealth v. Helfant, 398 Mass. 214 (1986). She will then examine how these acts can be used for discrete, but important, purposes in domestic violence and sexual assault prosecutions. This webinar was previously offered on 04/07/15.