Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics Webinar - Advancing Justice: Interviewing and Presenting Testimony of Witnesses to Violent Crimes
August 31 — 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
SAKI TTA will host a webinar titled, Advancing Justice: Interviewing and Presenting Testimony of Witnesses to Violent Crimes, on Tuesday, August 31st from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET. This webinar will be presented by Patricia D. Powers, Attorney Advisor with AEquitas, and Dr. Rebecca Campbell, Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University.
Witnesses to violent crimes and surrounding events may provide important information that helps corroborate the victim’s disclosure, establish the identity of the offender, connect the offender with a crime scene, or establish a timeline of events.
The attention of these witnesses is drawn to events, persons, or occurrences that impact them sufficiently to help form a memory. It is critical for investigators and prosecutors to help witnesses of violent crime access their memories. Forensic interviews with questions about sensory details as well as the witness’ description of how they were impacted will ultimately assist the jury in assessing the viability of this evidence and other supporting evidence presented at trial.
The presenters will examine the difference between direct and circumstantial evidence, as well as research and practice in interviewing witnesses and eliciting accurate and probative information at trial.
- Identify the probative value of direct and circumstantial evidence derived from witness statements.
- Conduct interviews that give the witness the opportunity to provide accurate information and that allow investigators and prosecutors to assess the viability of the witness’ memory in connection with other evidence.
- Effectively present testimonial evidence at trial by establishing a foundation for the witness’ memories and the impact of the event in the context of other supporting evidence.
Please register by clicking on the 'Register Here' button above. Feel free to forward the registration information to others! Please do not hesitate to reach out to the SAKI TTA team if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation!
The Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics series delivers a forensic-based curriculum in an effort to ensure prosecutors and defense counsel trying violent crime cases, including cold cases and death penalty cases, have the knowledge and tools to effectively understand and present forensic evidence in court. The resources seek to ensure the integrity of the conviction and prevent wrongful convictions related to forensic evidence.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.