Trial Strategies for the Prosecution of Sexual Abuse in Confinement
Presented by Christopher Mallios, Former Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
Trial strategy for cases of sexual abuse in confinement requires a consistent and comprehensive approach designed to keep the focus on the offender’s criminal behavior. Overcoming jury bias, contextualizing and explaining victim behavior, and developing a trial theme that recreates the reality of the crime and the unique venue in which it occurred are some of the objectives prosecutors must achieve in these cases. To achieve these goals, prosecutors must employ a victim-centered response, particularly when considering common victim behaviors encountered in sexual abuse cases, including delayed disclosure, minimization, recantation, and a hesitance or failure to participate in the investigation or prosecution of the offender.
This interactive webinar was developed to provide prosecutors with the tools they need to prosecute a case of sexual abuse in confinement by challenging participants to consider innovative strategies to overcome the barriers identified in various case-related scenarios. At the conclusion of the webinar, participants should be better able to develop tactics that can be utilized throughout their case-in-chief; work with victims who recant or do not want to participate in the investigation or prosecution of their case; and combat common defenses.
Prosecutors and allied criminal justice professionals including but not limited to adult and juvenile corrections staff, community-based service providers, faith-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation and parole officers, and judges are encouraged to view the recording.
This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for one and one-half (1.5) hours 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 May 14, 2013 webinar.
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