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  • Thursday, December 01, 2011 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    An Overview of Bath Salts and Other Synthetic Drugs from Law Enforcement and Medical Perspectives 
    Join us for a Webinar on December 14 
      
    Space is limited.
    Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  
    https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/230367001 
    Description:The issue of bath salts and other synthetic drugs is a growing problem in the U.S. In this webinar, attendees will be provided information about what synthetic drugs are, how these drugs are manufactured and distributed, and how to identify them. Presenters will also discuss the dangers associated with these drugs, and provide a brief overview of legislation targeting them and how law enforcement is combating the problem. General Robert Cooper, Tennessee's State Attorney General, will provide opening remarks for this special 90-minute webinar. Expert panelists will be William Benson, Trey King, and Dr. Sullivan Smith.
     

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    Trey King has been an Investigator with the Tennessee Attorney General's Office since 2004. Previously, he was a Legislative Audit Investigator with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a board member for the Rutherford County (TN) Drug Court.

    William Benson
    is an Assistant Director for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). He has been with TBI for over 27 years and has been the supervisor of the Drug Investigation Division since 2003. He chaired Tennessee DEC from 2006 to 2008 and continues to be actively involved in the alliance.

    Dr. Sullivan Smith
    is the Medical Director of Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville, TN. He is a Reserve Lieutenant with the Cookeville Police Department and serves on multiple city, county, and federal SWAT and tactical teams throughout middle Tennessee. He has been DEA Clan Lab certified since 1998. He is active on the Tennessee DEC Board.

     
    Title:     An Overview of Bath Salts and Other Synthetic Drugs from Law Enforcement and Medical Perspectives
    Date:     Wednesday, December 14, 2011
    Time:     11:30 AM - 1:00 PM MDT
     
    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
     
    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
     
    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2011 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    A new report has just been published that provides an overview of synthetic drugs and the various bills that have been recently introduced to Congress. 

     

    The report was prepared by the Congressional Research Service, which is a legislative branch within the Library of Congress and which provides policy and legal analysis to the members of Congress.   Please find this report attached here:  SyntheticDrug_2011.pdf

     

    Synthetic Drugs: Overview and Issues for Congress

    Lisa N. Sacco (Analyst in Illicit Drugs/Crime Policy); Kristin M. Finklea (Specialist in Domestic Security) Congressional Research Service; October 28, 2011

  • Friday, October 28, 2011 2:51 PM | Anonymous

    The National Drug Intelligence Center has just released the following report:

    Domestic Cannabis Cultivation Assessment 2010

    U.S. Department of Justice; National Drug Intelligence Center; 2011

     

    You can download the entire report  here (9MB file)

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2011 3:09 PM | Anonymous

    The October issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin is available.

    You can download the full issue here.

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2011 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    NDAA E-learning Opportunities

     NDAA, your voice on Capitol Hill and in the halls of the Supreme Court, also provides local and national trainings on prosecution related subjects. NDAA understands that while training needs are still great, states have slashed training budgets. In response, we have created an e*learning center which brings the trainings to you at no cost.

        •    Digital Evidence
        •    Child Witnesses In Court
        •    Prosecuting Animal Abuse
        •    Civil Gang Injunctions


    The courses listed above are just a few of the ones offered. Please take time to look at www.ndaalearning.org, and provide us with feedback regarding what type of trainings will best meet your office’s needs.  (ann.ratn@ndaa.org).
     
    Like NDAA on facebook!
    for the latest prosecutorial news around the country
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    For membership and program information, please visit NDAA's Web site at: http://www.ndaa.org NDAA is located in Alexandria, Virginia, 703.549.9222.

  • Friday, October 21, 2011 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    “The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today exercised its emergency scheduling authority to control three synthetic stimulants (Mephedrone, 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone) used to make products marketed as “bath salts” and “plant food”. Except as authorized by law, this action makes possessing and selling these chemicals, or the products that contain them, illegal in the United States.”

     

    Find today’s DEA press release here.

     

  • Thursday, October 20, 2011 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    Mothers Against Drunk Drivers is working hard to resume operations in Washington.  A fundraiser at Green Lake is scheduled for October 29.  Please consider joining us! For more information, click Here.

  • Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    As I am sure you are aware, the Supreme Court is currently accepting comments regarding proposed Standards for Indigent Defense Services which the Court intends to incorporate into CrRLJ 3.1(4).  The Standards being considered by the Court were proposed by the Washington State Bar Association.  The comment period of the Standards closes on October 31.  These Standards do not include misdemeanor caseload limits.  A recommendation regarding misdemeanor caseload limits was recently delivered by the WSBA to the Supreme Court, and we are awaiting the opening of the comment period on those limits. 

    Last week, WSAMA, jointly with the Association of Washington Cities, delivered the attached letter to the Supreme Court as a comment to the Standards for Indigent Defense Services currently under consideration by the Court.  LetterToSupremeCourt October13 2011 FinalVersion _4_.pdf  The letter is quite lengthy, and provides an alternative Standard as well as a technical critique of each section of the Standards.   Some cities have shown interest in providing individual comments as well.  In addition, a coalition of cities is working towards hiring a constitutional expert to provide a constitutionally based rebuttal to the Standards (please contact Ramsey Ramerman at Everett by the close of businesses Thursday for information on this issue).   

    If you have any question regarding this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me at (253) 856-5781.  Thanks – Pat Fitzpatrick.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011 2:27 PM | Anonymous

    NDAA's Amicus Brief Responding to ABA's DA Ethical Standard

     

    In submitting a “BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE” to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Louisiana case of Smith v. Cain, NDAA took the opportunity to be the “Voice of America’s Prosecutors.”

    You can review the NDAA brief by clicking here.
     
    Our interest in submitting this amicus brief is set forth in our amicus brief and states as follows:

    “NDAA has a significant interest in this case, particularly with respect to the issue raised by the American Bar Association as amicus curiae in this proceeding in support of petitioner. The ABA amicus brief expressly declines to address the merits of petitioner’s claims in this case, but instead asks this Court to recognize prosecutor ethical standards for disclosure of evidence greater than those established by this Court under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1965), and its progeny. The ABA specifically points to its Model Rule 3.8(d), which sets a standard for disclosure of evidence by prosecutors that is broader than the Brady line of cases requires. NDAA, on behalf of all prosecutors, has an interest in any ruling by this Court that would apply to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office a standard different from that which is enunciated under Brady.  NDAA, and its members, have a compelling interest in the court’s determination of this issue because state regulation of the practice of law and prosecutorial ethics are matters of critical importance to this country’s prosecutors. Local prosecutors are responsible for the overwhelming number of criminal cases in this country and the standards enunciated by the Court have an enormous impact on their practice.  It is ultimately the members of NDAA who will bear the [impossible] burden created by the American Bar Association should this court accept its invitation to “recognize that a prosecutor’s pre-trial ethical disclosure obligations, [which are established by the attorney regulatory body of the highest court of the prosecutor’s state or jurisdiction,] are separate from and broader than the Brady constitutional standards.”

    What raised NDAA’s interest in this case was the an amicus brief filed by the American Bar Association (ABA), which proposed that the Supreme Court recognize a DA ethical standard, somewhat independent of Brady. NDAA’s legitimate concern is that the ABA standard is a stricter standard than what the Supreme Court has recognized in Brady jurisprudence; and that the ethical standard for prosecutors varies from state to state, without uniform adoption of the ABA standard. Based on this concern your Executive Committee felt a strong statement in an amicus brief could serve to steer the court away from some sort detour down the ABA’s proposed path and gives us an opportunity to be a voice for prosecutors in this regard. Please note, NDAA’s amicus brief is limited to addressing the ABA issue, and does not address the merits of the Brady issue.
     
    On behalf of all our members, I want to express our deepest gratitude to Sacramento County Assistant District Attorney Albert Locher and San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Laura Tanney who prepared this important amicus on behalf of NDAA.

    NDAA President Jan Scully

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