Register Now for the Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics Webinar – Achieving Justice: Suspect Statements and Cross-Examination of the Defendant in Violent Crime Cases

SAKI TTA will host a webinar titled, Achieving Justice: Suspect Statements and Cross-Examination of the Defendant in Violent Crime Cases, on Tuesday, July 18th from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET. This webinar will be presented by Patti Powers, Attorney Advisor with AEquitas, and Dave Thomas, Law Enforcement Training Consultant for SAKI TTA. 

Not all defendants choose to make a statement to law enforcement or ultimately take the stand at trial. When defendants do provide a statement and later testimony, investigators and prosecutors are afforded a unique opportunity to corroborate the investigation and evidence while challenging and undermining non-probative assertions and theories advanced by the defense. Most importantly, defendant statements and testimony enable prosecutors to focus on the offender’s conduct as experienced by the victim at the time of the offense, however long ago that might have been.
This presentation will discuss how to prepare an effective strategy for cross-examination in both cold and current cases of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and related homicides.  A strong cross-examination strategy should be planned at the earliest stages of trial preparation, prefaced by a thorough review of all evidence, and refined after listening carefully to the defendant’s testimony on direct. Presenters will discuss how to reveal the defendant’s intent through questioning, focusing on the defendant’s premeditated and predatory behaviors.  The presenters will also discuss the unique opportunities and challenges presented by cross-examining defendants in cold cases. 
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be better able to:

  • Advance the theme and theory of a case through cross examination.
  • Corroborate the victim’s testimony, and other evidence presented in the case-in-chief, with admissions from the defendant.
  • Reveal the offender’s true persona as experienced by the victim at the time of the crime.
  • Focus the trial on the defendant’s knowing, intentional, and predatory behaviors.

Please register by clicking on the ‘Register Here’ button below. 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! 




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2:00-3:30 PM ET | 1:00 – 2:30 PM CT | 12:00-1:30 PM MT | 11:00-12:30 PM PT

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.

While the SAKI TTA Team is leading the development of the Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics series, the series is not directly affiliated with the SAKI program. We encourage anyone not interested in receiving emails regarding this series to contact the SAKI TTA Help Desk (sakitta@rti.org).



For questions related to the Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics series, please contact the SAKI TTA Help Desk (sakitta@rti.org). 


Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics
Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics




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.

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