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2017 CDAA Legislative Digest

CDAA is once again pleased to present its annual Legislative Digest. Thanks to the efforts of Deputy District Attorney Kathy Storton and the support of Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, the 2017 edition has been completed.

The Legislative Digest is divided by Code, with a description of each of the new and amended sections that will affect prosecutors. Also included in the Digest is a statutory index and a topical index, as well as a list of the Penal Code section 1170(h) Realignment offenses.

For the 2017 Legislative Digest, click HERE

There were 977 bills sent to the Governor’s desk this year, of which 859 were signed, and 118 were vetoed. His 12.1 percent veto rate is lower than last year’s (15 percent) and is among the lowest of his current tenure as governor. For comparison, during Brown’s first stint as governor, his veto rate typically hovered around five percent.

CDAA sponsored 12 bills this year. Of those, 7 made it to the Governor’s desk, and all were signed into law. Considering the current legislative environment, this was a very successful year. Several bills that would have had profoundly negative effect on the criminal justice system were either killed in the Legislature, vetoed by the Governor, or negotiated to a point that they will have a minimal impact on prosecutors.


CDAA’s Anatomical Model Lending Library

Do you have a case involving strangulation, shaken baby, domestic violence, or physical abuse? These are just a few examples of crimes for which demonstrations using anatomical models at trial could be beneficial. Show your jury exactly what happened to the victim. All models are available at no cost to your office. (Models are for demonstration purposes only and may not be entered into evidence.)

Available models include an abusive head trauma demonstration model, lungs, a trachea, a skull sitting on a cervical spine, an 8-part brain, a brain with arteries, a 12-part mini torso (20″ tall), a 14-part torso (34″ tall), and a 16-part mini torso (17″ tall).

For more information, photos of the models of available, and to download the lending library form, click here.


AB 1909 and Proposed State Bar Rule 3.8

The scrutiny on prosecutors and the criminal justice system in general continues to intensify and the Legislature and State Bar have both reacted. Join CDAA as we have a conversation with legal ethicist Gary Schons regarding a new law and a proposed Bar rule impacting our profession. Click here to watch the video.

CDAA 2017–2018 Training Calendar

Click here for a PDF of the 2017–18 training and events calendar.

How Big of an Issue is Elder Abuse in California?

Here in California, Adult Protective Services (APS) receives as many as 10,000 reports of elder and dependent adult abuse per month, and reports are increasing. That’s an estimated 120,000 cases of reported elder and dependent adult abuse PER YEAR in California. What makes this number even more alarming it that for every case of abuse that is reported, four cases go unreported. That’s an astounding 600,000 incidents that were never reported.

For more information, click here.

See the Bills CDAA is Tracking

High Priority Bills – The most important bills on our radar
Active Bills – Those that are either currently moving through the Legislature, or have already been signed
Full Report – The largest report, this contains all bills being tracked by CDAA in the 2015-16 session, including those that have been killed or otherwise put on hold for the year

For each bill, you’ll see a brief description of the issue, the current location of the bill, and CDAA’s position. Once you’re viewing a particular report, clicking on the bill number will take you to a page with links to the language of the bill (including prior versions), all analyses that have been done by legislative committees, and any prior votes in committee or on the floor. Some bills will also have links to attached documents that we have uploaded – primarily letters of support or opposition. Right now that feature is only active on a few bills, but after this legislative year, that function will expand greatly. Clicking on the author’s name will take you to that member’s official website.

Important Information for John R. Justice Award Recipients

The award is exempt from income. Therefore, your student loan servicing agency, like American Education Services (AES), CANNOT receive payment for the award from JRJ or Bureau of Justice (BJA) and then file a 1099 with the IRS. Click here for a copy of a letter from the IRS citing 20 U.S.C. section 1087ee(a)(5): “(5)The amount of a loan, and interest on a loan, which is canceled under this section shall not be considered income for purposes of title 26.”