FORENSIC SCIENCE FRIDAY

This month’s Forensic Friday will be joined with two other training events: Competency Boot Camp and Representing Justice-Involved Veterans.

DATE

April 28, 2017

TIME

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

COST

$85

VENUE

Aloft Orlando Downtown

500 South Orange Avenue

Orlando, FL 32801

COMPETENCY BOOT CAMP

Dr. Randy Otto will discuss competence to proceed to trial in Florida. Instruction will include the basis for the competence requirement in criminal proceedings, constitutional minimums, and adjudicative competence versus decisional competence. The training will also include Florida-specific instruction on state laws regarding competence (procedural and substantive), the competence evaluation process, how to read evaluation reports, and how to question examiners during testimony.

REPRESENTING JUSTICE-INVOLVED VETS

Christie Bhageloe will discuss how involvement with the criminal justice system, especially incarceration, impacts a veteran’s VA benefits, as well as what community resources justice-involved veterans have available to assist them. Dr. Robert Moering will discuss how combat experience can affect an individual’s ability to reintegrate back into civilian society. Finally, Thomas Feiter will talk about what mitigation factors related to military service are considered persuasive to prosecutors.

FORENSIC SCIENCE FRIDAY

Topher Sanders will talk about false positives in field test kits and how false positives lead defendants to resolve their cases with early pleas. He will also discuss officer training on field test kits.

Brendan Max will talk about fingerprint testing and its limitations. Brendan’s talk will be more focused on litigation aimed at challenging the admissibility of fingerprints evidence, motion practice to limit testimony, and how to know when there is an issue with a fingerprint case.