San Diego’s Coronado Bridge: Suicide Prevention Measures Considered

 

San Diego's Coronado Bridge

San Diego’s Coronado Bridge

As of May, 2015, the City Council responsible for the Management of the Coronado Bridge in San Diego gave a unanimous vote to study the type of suicide prevention barrier that would be the most effective.

The Coronado Bridge Suicide Prevention Collaborative has initiated a project similar to that of San Francisco, for a barrier costing $75 million, consisting of a -20 foot wide steel net.

The numbers of completed suicides in San Diego in recent months appear to differ. Some local articles list 131 in the past 15 years. Other sources, drawing from such resources as the Coronado Police Department and the Medical Examiner and the California Highway Patrol report more than 150 people have jumped off the bridge to their deaths since the year 2000.

Even more devastating is the fact that since January 2015, police have responded to 41 additional attempts.

Homelessness in San Diego County – A Factor, January 2015

According to the San Diego Union Tribune April 2015 article,  the number of people living on the street or in shelters in San Diego County increased by 2.8 percent from last year, according to results of an annual count of homeless people. (This is an estimate.)

Volunteers in the annual count found 4,156 people living on the streets, a 4.3 increase from last year. Another 4,586 people were in shelters, a 1.4 percent increase from last year.

Of the 4,156 people on the street, about 70 percent were males and 15.4 percent were veterans. Almost 28 percent were believed to have either an addiction or severe mental illness, and more than 70 percent said they had been homeless a year or longer.

The WeAllCount Campaign, also known as the Point-in-Time Count, was held in the early morning hours on Jan. 23, 2015.  That’s over 8,700 homeless people!

Sand Diego's Coronado Bridge

Sand Diego’s Coronado Bridge

Suicide Then and Now:

As reported since my previous blog in July, 2011, San Diego’s Coronado Bridge and the City’s Recent Suicides, the signs along the bridge giving suicide prevention counseling information haven’t been working.

CalTrans, the company who oversees the maintenance of the Coronado Bridge seems to have taken their former callous attitude and snuffed it, in favor of a more compassionate stance to at least do a feasibility study.

According to public information officer, Edward Cartagena of CalTrans, many variables have to be considered. What works in San Francisco, may not work in Coronado. Although they have added technology in the event of earthquakes, added weight and wind currents need to be considered (in addition to cost).

Dr. Jennifer Lewis on the faculty of the Department of Social Work at the University of California – San Diego, wants a sense of urgency to be placed on this issue. In reality, a feasibility study can range from six months to two years to complete.  She is in favor of a barrier, saying “other places where they’ve gone in, they’ve been 100 percent effective.”

The Coronado Bridge Suicide Prevention Collaborative is serving as the watchdog.  From recent posts on their Facebook page, it appears they are doing what they can to build awareness and prevention. https://vimeo.com/132130635.

Witnessing of a Suicide

Dr. Lewis wants to protect the potential further witnessing of suicide that can be as traumatic as those who have lost a loved one. Not much is found on internet resources about this aspect. 

An anonymous writer wrote of this experience in 2008 – A haunting experience to witness the suicide of a stranger as a “good Samaritan.” (Some editing)

“Last week I was driving over the San Francisco Bay Bridge and watched someone get up on the railing and jump off. I found out later that he died and was picked up by the authorities.

I did all the things I was supposed to do – called 911, checked in with the authorities, let myself cry before driving a vehicle etc. I’ve been in touch with friends who are therapists and gotten plenty of hugs and loving people to support me.

The image of him getting up on the side of the bridge and the way his body looked as he jumped haunts me. I know it’s probably too early to expect that it go away. I’m just struggling with what meaning to find in it all and how to find people who won’t judge what I am experiencing.

I’ve looked for support sites online and have found a number of places that are for friends or family who have had someone they love commit suicide. However, I don’t even know this guy’s name. I wouldn’t want to be intruding on what is obviously a very sensitive time for someone who has a friend or family member die. 

This situation is challenging for me because I don’t know much about what happened, or why it happened. There is not much more information I can learn. I also have found that while some family or friends have tried to be helpful. They have had a tough time not assigning blame, being judgmental or putting their own issues about death and suicide onto my plate.  As a result of their attitudes, this experience feels even more confusing and alienating.”

I sincerely hope and pray that this person sought professional counselling and was able to focus in the land of the living.

Sand Diego's Coronado Bridge

Sand Diego’s Coronado Bridge

Putting the Pieces Together – One Woman’s Story

As reported in an San Francisco Chronicle in 2005, (some portions edited) investigators with the Coroner’s Office are a special breed of detectives.  Those who are elderly jumpers are few and far between.

Such was the case of Lois Anne Houston.  She was a heavy-set 75-year-old, who jumped from the San Francisco Bridge and apparently hit the water face first. The impact opened up her face from nose to chin, leaving a gaping red wound and a grotesque death mask.

The investigator, Darryl Harris stated, “There must be something pretty outrageous in her life that made her do this.” You just don’t see this occur – hardly ever.”   That would turn out to be true.

Lois chose a cloudy Sunday morning, April 24, in which to end her life. She drove north onto the bridge, in her blue Ford Taurus, put the emergency flashers on and climbed over the divider to the pedestrian walkway. A California Highway Patrol officer spotted the car and went to investigate. He saw that the vehicle was empty and then saw Houston on top of the bridge railing, according to the report.

Inspector Harris found Houston’s body in the familiar spot, on the long tray under a tarp on the dock. He pulled back the tarp and went through the routine of checking the body and looking for identification including her purse.

It was tough to see Houston on the pallet. The impact had shredded her clothing. Her black pants and floral print blouse were in tatters, barely clinging to her arms and legs. Her panties and bra were in pieces.

There was bruising everywhere, on her thighs, chest, back and face. She wore a gold watch and a ring on her finger. She wore black socks and was missing one shoe.

Her wallet had photos, but it was difficult to know with certainty, which was portrayed in the photos.

Lois‘ sister from Florida returned a call received from a police officer, Her sister stated that Lois “had no family out west.”  She had lived with another woman for 40 years, and her partner had died last summer.

In the interim, Lois was diagnosed with colon cancer. Lois recently had been told that her cancer had spread to her liver.  (I think Lois, still actively grieving, just wanted to be with her partner all the more after receiving the news and decided to “skip a prolonged, painful death“ as her choice.”)

The pathologist reported clinically and coldly that Lois “died of multiple blunt-force injuries, due to a “jump from height.”

 

Returning to the Trenches and the Effectiveness of Suicide Barriers

Whether stated in 2005, or 2015, Inspectors with the Coroner’s office have their own opinions.

At the time in 2005, Darryl Harris said “he didn’t have an opinion” on whether the bridge should have a suicide barrier. However, most of the jumpers he investigated had significant histories of suicidal behavior.  Harris’ comment,“I don’t know that a barrier would do much good, I think people will find other ways to kill themselves, and it might mean they do something that puts someone else in danger, like jumping off a building or intentionally driving their car into traffic.”  THAT, is an opinion.

Conclusion-

We cannot say whether a barrier will help in all instances. But, it may be a deterrent in some cases, as nothing is foolproof. As a friend likes to say… “Let’s get busy” (when it comes to suicide prevention).

Anti-Suicide Resources:

1) National Suicide Prevention Hotline Call 24/7 1-800-273-8255

2)Hotlines listed by State – http://www.suicide.org/suicide-hotlines.html

3) 917-65-1889- http://sisfi.org/suicidetours.html

 

References:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/may/06/coronado-adds-support-to-bridge-suicide-barrier/

http://www.coronadonewsca.com/opinion/you-can-help-with-suicide-prevention/article_d49062f8-033c-11e5-a232-0719767a57f5.html

http://ask.metafilter.com/108103/Witnessing-the-suicide-of-a-stranger

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/LETHAL-BEAUTY-No-easy-death-Suicide-by-bridge-2562269.php

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/apr/23/count-shows-homeless-numbers-up-in-county/

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“Guns Are Only for Protection”… in the Land of the Pretend 

 

Yeah,  sure they are, just ask any gun manufacturer or gun lobbyist!

Just maybe, if we’re talking about the old-time 1950’s classic, The Rifleman, it might well be true. That show was set in the 1870s and 1880s in the town of North Fork, New Mexico Territory.

The Rifleman’s TV gimmick to distinguish it from other westerns was a modified Winchester Model 1892 rifle, with a large ring lever drilled and tapped for a set screw. The lever design allowed star Chuck Connors to cock the rifle by spinning it around his hand. In addition, the screw could be positioned to depress the trigger every time he worked the lever, allowing for rapid fire.

In contrast, today we are more concerned with manipulating legislative bodies to pass conceal and carry bills.  Illinois joined its ranks, to the considerable angst of homicide survivor and advocate, Bill Jenkins.   Bill is able to easily articulate his reasons for grave concern about the fast and loose and diluted nature of those espousing gun control measures versus gun rights advocates.   It really comes down to money-making ventures… Although these two diametrically opposed groups would seemingly make strange bedfellows, we learned that so much more could and should be accomplished if only they would work together.

Bill Jenkins is not a man to spout popular theory, or what is politically correct.  Rather, he is a well researched man who looks at all sides of an issue, forms his own opinion and inspires provocative thought.   Why care so passionately about such issues when so many individuals untouched by crime view such discussions as “mere entertainment on the six o’clock news?”  He cares with intensity and purpose because his beloved son, William Benjamin Jenkins was killed in the commission of a robbery on the second day of work at the age of 16.  A handgun was the weapon used with easy access by a criminal and friends “with nothing better to do” one hot summer night.

It is no easy task to shift through the many permutations of such topics. They are so political, so hyped, so misrepresented by media that few can make neither heads nor tails of it.  One of the few people, one of the brave is Bill Jenkins, who was the latest guest on Shattered Lives Radio with Ladyjustice.

Listen to Shattered Lives Radio Podcast

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Highlights of the podcast:

  • Introduction to our guest

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    Bill Jenkins

  • The “power couple” Bill & Jennifer-  “If you want something done, ask a busy person”
  • Opposition of the death penalty as abuse on victims
  • The background of the murder of William Benjamin Jenkins
  • A robbery of opportunity with accomplices tagging along, laying in wait
  • Catching the perp in five minutes… and a chance encounter
  • About the handgun used and the issue of firearms
  • Bill asks why responsible gun owners are not helping to fight against illegal gun ownership by criminals.
  • NRA stopped being a sportsman organization in favor of becoming an arm for all kinds of gun industry representation
  • Discussion of NRA by  encouraging  “protection of  IPV victims” by their use of a gun
  • A carry -conceal story in Illinois – Do the math…
  • What do we mean by “concealed” and how much money did the gun industry make this year in Illinois?
  • The legitimate market-vastly shrinking – down by 20%
  • Civilian guns in other countries and real background checks
  • Australia as a model
  • How do you get guns off the streets?
  • What is a straw purchase?
  • Pew Center Research
  • Tiahrt  Amendment: Restricts access to gun statistics:
  • Hard truths about guns – Raw data re self-defense use of guns- Surprising!
  • Bills comments on assault weapons
  • What things have we learned since the Newtown, CT massacre according to Bill?
  • Stats: 36,000 shootings per year versus 300 if only….
  • Definition of infringement versus impingement
  • Bill’s Book:  What to do When the Police Leave51KE7D0EJ6L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  • Ladyjustice touting her writing skills and a book in the future
  • Bill’s Contact info:WBJPress@aol.com
  • Other endeavors by Bill & Jennifer….

 

Questions from the Gallery:

  • As a homicide survivor why does Bill  oppose the death penalty?
  • What should be done instead of training victim families to “adjust” to executions?
  • What happens “when you do everything right? “
  • How and why have the gun laws been dismantled across the county?
  • Are permits required to own a gun in every state?
  • When gun manufacturers lost money what did they do?
  • What is the average cost to become a carry-conceal gun owner?
  • Can crime victims get a portion of the revenue currently?
  • How do we stop “straw purchases?”
  • What’s the real truth regarding the need to defend oneself with a gun?
  • What are guns really used for in modern-day society?
  • Why are assault weapons so popular?
  • What is the real meaning of infringement?

Disclaimer: The comments expressed on this website or on the broadcasts of Shattered Lives do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the hosts, producers, or other guests.

“Guns Are Only for Protection”… in the Land of the Pretend

 

San Francisco’s Decline into Darkness….

San Francisco is famous for earthquakes…. However, it took another horrific event to shake its residents to the core in January, 2001.  What happens when you pair a world class marathon runner, who in an instant is physically trapped and literally torn to shreds with the likes of a vicious Presa Canarios attack dogs?  Death occurs in the blink of an eye… or in her individual case… a few hours after surgery.

Donna R. Gore, LadyJusticeDiane Whipple’s heart must have stopped for all intents and purposes at the very moment when the two animals bolted, tore off her clothes, crushed her larynx and severed her jugular vein in a “head to toe” mauling.

This case, turned out to be the most bizarre, the most grotesques ever told…ever unfolding like layers of an onion. As a member of the gay and lesbian community, Ladyjustice grieved for this athlete, loved partner and resident of this liberal city in California.

Author, Aphrodite Jones did a laudable job in her account of this story in “Red Zone- The Behind the Scenes Story of a San Francisco Dog Mauling.”  A free lance writer named David Barry; writing for the Southern Poverty Law Center, did an equally fine job trying to explain the unexplainable in a series of articles, from which this blog is written. Ladyjustice will attempt to “hit the highlights,” expose written light on the bizarre events and relate what little good was derived from the savage death of Diane Whipple.

Diane Whipple (Before) & Bonnie Busch (After)

Diane Whipple was a college Lacrosse coach and marathon runner, 34 years old with a petite frame.  Diane lived with her partner, Sharon Smith who was an investment company manager.  Diane was described by the male defendant, Robert Noel as “a timid mousey blonde” who “almost had a coronary” when prophetically two weeks earlier, the 140 pound and 115 pound dogs rushed out of the elevator nearly knocking her down and terrifying her!

Ellen McCurtain, a marathon runner wrote a short narrative for www.maraathonandbeyond.com in which another woman incredibly experienced a near fatal attack in Davenport, Iowa.  Reportedly,just two days after Diane Whipple was murdered, Bonnie Busch, a national class extreme runner, was attacked by two Rottweilers while running at 6 a.m. The two dogs, weighing 110 and 140 pounds respectively, dragged Bonnie for half a block before a stranger rescued her, fending the dogs off with a shovel. A severed forearm and nerve damage was the outcome along with months of Rehabilitation therapy.

The Crime – “In a Nutshell”

  • Attorney’s and married couple Marjorie Knoller & Robert Noel lived in the upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood, sharing space with twoDonna R. Gore, LadyJustice killer attack dogs. Marjorie & Robert started out as tax and commercial lawyers… and slipped to the dark side after a progression of events to satisfy their perverse appetites;
  • In 1994, Robert and Marjorie Knoller represented a prison guard who was harassed by colleagues after testifying on behalf of brutalized inmates.  It was reported that they lost the case …and the prison guard hanged himself;
  • Their second case was a bust too… after which they appeared to switch sides when they defended a Pelican Bay guard with ties to the Aryan Brotherhood (White prison gang said to have several hundred in-house members with large concentrations in Texas, Florida and Missouri);
  • A witness, Paul Schneider, entered into a bizarre partnership on many levels with the Noel and Knoller; He had a very long rap sheet including a life sentence for attempted murder and robbery;
  • Schneider was the unofficial manager of the Aryan Brotherhood at Pelican Bay, effectively ordering killings in and out of Pelican Bay Prison;
  • Apparently, both Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller were unafraid of this prisoner whose nickname was “Cornfield.”  For example, he was so heinous in his actions, that he once carried a knife in his rectum into court and stabbed his attorney, whom he disliked.  Noel and Knoller were unphased by such behavior, were in fact attracted to him and his penchant for extreme violence…. And went so far as to legally “adopt” this blonde, body building 220 pound prisoner!;
  • Their long distance business was comprised of a website, and the purchase and rising of the mammoth dogs to sell for the purpose of attacking others and guarding methamphetamine labs.  Robert and Marjorie agreed to take over the care of the vicious dogs named Bane and Hera after another woman named Janet Coumbs could not handle her assignment from the Arian Brothers;
  • EMTs and animal control officers who answered the call after Diane was attacked feared for their lives trying to contain and kill the dogs within Whipple’s apartment.

Blaming the Victim

  • San Franciscan’s were so shocked and outraged that the trial necessitated a change of venue to Los Angeles;
  • Noel and Knoller made another fatal mistake in “blaming the victim;”
  • Marjorie expressed no remorse whatsoever.  She took no responsibility for her dog’s behaviors.  She made disgusting comments like, “If only she had stood still, she’d be alive;” “Bane sniffed her crotch like she (Diane) was a bitch in heat.” “She probably had her period which attracted the dog” or “It was the steroids.”
  • Robert and Marjorie claimed that there had been no other incidents – that their dogs “were peaceful;”
  • Prosecutor James Hammer produced 30 incident reports of petrifying encounters by other neighbors as well as a veterinarian’s initial warning that, “These animal would be a liability in any household;”
  • [Ladyjustice recalls watching this trial on Court TV and remembers the theatrics of Marjorie’s attorney, Nedra Ruiz who “put on a show” crawling on the courtroom floor supposedly re-enacting how Knoller tried to fend off her dogs and “protect Diane Whipple.” Apparently, it didn’t impress the jury. Attorney Ruiz painted a picture of the Knollers as “upstanding citizens who loved their dogs as family members.”  [LJ- What a crock!]

Donna R. Gore,LadyJusticeDarkness and Perversion

What were the factors contributing to the decline into darkness?  How and why did these two seemingly well educated formerly upscale people slide so far into violence and perversion?  One can only guess and try to put the pieces together regarding their behaviors and comments.

  • Robert Noel was 60 years old and Marjorie Knoll was 46.  However, Knoller looked the older – matronly, plain and unattractive;
  • The Aryan Brothers expert speculated that Marjorie “just fell in love with Schneider.” Robert was  also attracted by Schneider’s extreme violence and machismo, unlike his own former lifestyle;
  • Pelican guard, Keith Whitley saw the change in Noel and the distractions, as when Whitley would call Noel about a case and… “all he would talk about was how big Bane’s (dog) balls were, and how he was fixated on the dog’s penis and erections;”
  • Robert Noel even encouraged his wife’s attraction with Aryan Brother’s “adopted son” Paul Cornfield” Schneider.”[Ladyjustice – QUESTION What the hell was the judge thinking who was overseeing and approving this “adoption”? If the judge had only taken the time to research what was going on… Diane Whipple might be alive today!  ‘Sound familiar?]
  • There was evidence of literature and killer dog training techniques in the apartment;
  • Attorney ethics and monitoring of their “son” appeared to have never existed, as evidenced by Schneider and seven others being charged with racketeering in the attempted murders of 24 people spanning 15 years.  These charges were in addition to the violation of prison rules disallowing inmates managing unapproved businesses.

As writer David Barry put it so starkly,… “For three years, Noel and Knoller flirted with the violent codes, along with the explosively repressed sexuality of gang prison life.  Little by little, they abandoned the trappings of middle class professional life, taking up the work and attitudes of the Aryan Brotherhood instead.”

Investigators discovered topless photos of Marjorie in Paul Schneider’s cell, erotic letters to him from both Robert and Marjorie… as well as bestiality- photos of Knoller and the dogs having sex.

Depravity has no boundaries, apparently!

Postscript:  In the interim, the only small measure in Diane Whipple’s memory, is a California legislative bill “holding caretakers  criminally responsible for the actions of their animals.”www.dogbite.com sources reported that California still has no law that defines second degree murder in the specific context when it is “canine inflicted.”

In September 2008, a San Francisco Superior Court judge sentenced Knoller to 15 years to life in prison after she re-instated a second degree murder conviction against Knoller.   Previously, it was thrown out in 2002 by the original trial judge, when Marjorie was sentenced to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and released on parole in 2004.  Her husband, Robert Noel was also convicted previously of involuntary manslaughter and released in September 2003.

“Tilting the Scales of Justice” with David LaBahn

                        tilting the scales of justice, David LaBahn, Shattered Lives, Donna R. Gore, LadyJustice   

“He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.”  ……..Abraham Lincoln

“Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.”

Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC

If we were to distill the essence of a recent conversation with prosecutor David LaBahn, CEO of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the above quotes would rightfully apply.  http://www.apainc.org/

The APA is the only national organization of its kind –a “think tank” providing resources, technical assistance  training, collaborating with all criminal justice partners  developing proactive practices to prevent crime and advocating for prosecutors and crime victim rights.  

David is a mover and a shaker… He is a realist with a heart. However, he sees the potential in changing the status quo for the best of reasons…. Reasons- We can do better  and because those who prosecute and those who are victims of violent crime deserve better! 

Taking the criminal justice as it stands, although we cannot “rectify history” or change the underpinnings, advocates CAN reconfigure how things are done in substantive ways; they can be the architects for change.  Changes in thought, perception, effort, quality of work, “walking in the shoes” of a crime victim, keeping in constant touch with the roots of local communities and legislative bodies, educating and keeping on the cutting edge of learning make for an excellent recipe for the future of criminal justice! 

It is only in the telling of what has happened in the past that we can learn to mold the future. By escaping the musty courtrooms and applying skills in town halls and the corner store, prosecutors are paving the way for this metamorphosis like no other method…

How refreshing that the Shattered Lives hosts, had the opportunity to discuss such issues with this “sculptor of justice.”  Read below and tune in to learn more…

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

 

  • Upcoming two year anniversary of “Shattered Lives” radio
  • Introduction to our guest
  • The “epiphany” moment- There’s never anything new in the human system of the criminal justice system
  • “I never thought I’d be a career prosecutor” – 10, 10 and 8
  • The system is not balanced and California as the groundbreaker of victim’s rights in the 80s
  • Equity for victims, prosecutors issues and how is the impact on victims- Proactive versus reactive methods
  • Delilah’s comment on proactivity, reactivity and where is the funding going? 
  • Ladyjustice asks about going outside of the system and creating his own entity.  David responds about making a difference one case at a time, at the county and state level. 
  • The “good side of it”- Proposition 21 and Proposition 69 in California:  Re Gang Violence & Juvenile Offenders http://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_21,_Treatment_of_Juvenile_Offenders_%282000%29
  • Bruce Harrington family tragedy- http://journalism.berkeley.edu/projects/election2004/archives/2004/11/dna_fingerprint.html
  • http://www.lao.ca.gov/ballot/2004/69_11_2004.htm
  • Discussion on taking DNA profiles/database of felons and the escalation of crime
  • David on criminals “forgetting what their name is”
  • “Fifty-One separate justice systems “ and beyond 
  • Ladyjustice asks a “Prosecution 101” question regarding who prosecutors represent (felony crimes) 
  • The purpose of the civil system
  • A historical perspective on prosecutor’s role and the emergence of a voice for victims 
  • Reaching out to victim’s – “It’s not just a paper case” since the 1980’s – systemic changes
  • Example: Vine System in Connecticut: https://www.vinelink.com/vinelink/siteInfoAction.do?siteId=7000
  • “It’s really not that difficult to help your victim…”
  • There’s no excuse for victims not knowing who their prosecutor is
  • Ladyjustice’s rant on lack of communication between victims and prosecutors
  • Small offices versus large offices… and giving them a vision when you have limited resources
  • The importance of “my prosecutor” and “we” 
  • Delilah on fighting for the victim voices to be heard and introduction of Ladyjustice’s Victim Impact Statement
  • http://imaginepublicity.com/2013/11/05/victim-impact-statement-assistance-with-donna-r-gore/
  • David on short, poorly written impact statement and “something in the file”  
  • Marty Crawford , VA from Riverside, CA creating a “pink file” 
  • Discussion of videotaping victims if they cannot go through the process again or are too old or frail versus paper
  • Phones and other video or electronic  capabilities 
  • “Why isn’t she here?”
  • The consequences of assurances of “never getting out of prison”
  • The APA nuts and bolts explained- and January 20th-  a                5 year anniversary
  • January 31st  Final Friday’s a free one hour webinar – http://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=Newsletter.aspx&category=APA+Highlights&newsletterid=2539&menugroup=Home
  • The diversity of concerns in a community- What’s a priority with the community? – Hard crime or bicycles on the sidewalk, disposal of grease in restaurants etc. etc.
  • If police can’t stop the graffiti, how can you stop a homicide?  That is the question! PROACTIVITY and communicating with all victims
  • “Let the system do the payback…don’t you do the payback”
  • Ladyjustice asks about prosecutor traits and myths
  • David discusses coaches, teams and even being a waiter as a good training ground- What? (There is a connection)
  • Prosecution is theater…but also humanistic
  • Vision and focus of the chief prosecutor
  • The “most popular myths”
  • Can’t prosecutors make a mistake? Conviction integrity unit
  • Parting message – Get involved
  • Contact Information:
David LaBahn, Shattered Lives Radio, Donna R. Gore

David LaBahn

David.ladban@apainc.org

Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
1615 L St. NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC  20036
Phone: 202-861-2480  Fax: 202-223-4688
e-mail –
info@apainc.org

 

 

 

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Questions from “the Jury Box

  • What was the pivotal event that brought criminal justice to David’s radar and a path to being a prosecutor?
  • Why are all of the rights still on the side of the defendant?
  • What is community and zone prosecution? 
  • How do we improve the system of justice at the state level?
  • How do we reform a fragmented justice system? 
  • Who do prosecutors really represent if not the crime victim?
  • How do we achieve a better balance and give victims a voice?
  • What is the most common scenario when prosecutors “fall down on the job” regarding communication about their cases? 
  • What do you do when primary family members can’t go through hearings anymore and need to have their views represented?
  • Does the APA only deal with prosecutors? 
  • What are the traits one needs to have to be an effective prosecutor?
  • What is the significance of prosecutorial leadership?
  • What’s the difference between prosecutorial misconduct and prosecutorial error?

The comments expressed on this website or on the broadcasts of Shattered Lives do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the hosts, producers, or other guests.

Additional References: http://www.finestquotes.com/select_quote-category-Justice-page-0.htm

“Tilting the Scales of Justice” with David LaBahn