Challenges Multiplied: Multi-Defendant Rape and Witnessed Rape
Presented by John Wilkinson, AEquitas Attorney Advisor
Headlines related to multiple-offender and witnessed rape cases are becoming more prevalent, but experienced sexual violence prosecutors know that these cases are not new. These already difficult cases are becoming more complex due to the use of technology – particularly social media – to threaten and intimidate both victims and witnesses. Whether defendants pursue a common strategy or attempt to blame each other, they often seek to manipulate the justice system and to cast doubt on their victim’s credibility in the interest of avoiding accountability. Where multiple defendants or witnesses are involved, the challenges to prosecution multiply as well, requiring innovative solutions to achieve justice while protecting victim privacy and witness safety.
This webinar recording addresses issues that commonly arise in these cases, including but not limited to:
Joinder and severance
Principals and accessories
Admissibility of evidence
Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, probation and parole officers, judges, etc. are encouraged to view the recording.
This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for one (1.0) hour of continuing legal education credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.
Click here to view the recording of the December 15, 2016 webinar.
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