By: Tracy Carter
I had the opportunity to help with transcription of a murder case. I learned that a lot goes into transcribing a person’s testimony word for word. It can be very time consuming but, in order for justice to be served, it doesn’t matter how long it takes, as long as it is done accurately and professionally.
I put my all into making sure that I did a good job and to make sure that I delivered what the attorney asked me to do. In the end it paid off because the attorney and members of the team thanked me personally for the wonderful job that I had done.
I love having the opportunity to complete my internship at the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office because I learn so much about the Criminal Justice System and Circuit Court process.
Intern Anika Gooch has worked hard this semester on her Legislative Update Project (LUP). Each week she released legislative updates to several agencies and organizations in Lexington about proposed laws being considered by Kentucky Legislature. The Kentucky Association of Social Work Educators (KASWE) has recognized Anika’s excellent work on her L.U.P. efforts. She will present on “The Importance of Legislative Advocacy,” specifically regarding services for at-risk youth in Owensboro on April 9th at the KASWE Spring Conference. We are so proud of her!
Soon we’ll be having a guest from London, England, so crime-fighting intern Leah Wolff has been researching what crime looks like overseas. London is the home to roughly 13% of the UK’s population and has one of the lowest firearm homicides in the world. While violent crime is not as prevalent there, they have to worry about crime like burglary, terrorism, and illegal immigrants. Stay tuned to learn more about crime in England!
On February 22, 2015 at 8:30 am, most people were still sleeping in. However, I was crossing the finish line after completing my second Princess Half Marathon in Disney World. A half marathon is 13.1 miles, so it’s no easy feat on your feet, but it was all for a good cause. All proceeds from the half marathon went to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to help find cures for children with cancer.
If you ever feel the need to run an absurd amount of miles at once, I highly recommend challenging yourself to a run Disney race–mostly because you get to wear fun costumes and take pictures with characters along the way. This year, I dressed as Rapunzel from Tangled while my cousin Shelby and best friend Taylor both chose to wear Anna-inspired tutus from the movie Frozen.
No matter what gets you motivated to work out, I love that these races promote a healthy lifestyle and opportunities for the whole family to be involved. I’m already planning my next race with Disney and hoping to improve my 2:29 finish time. In the meantime, I’m trading my running shoes and tutu for my best intern attire to continue to represent the Crime Fighters at the Commonwealth Attorney Office.
Friday morning I had the chance to go with Ray Larson to watch the live taping of American D.A., hosted by the locally famous Jack Patty. The focus of the show was on heroin, specifically how it is moving in and through the state of Kentucky. Another Commonwealth Attorney, Rob Sanders of Kenton County, joined Ray via phone to discuss how the issues varied across the state.
What I learned from the show was the complexity of drug movement within certain regions. Ray noted that ever since there was a large “pill mill” crackdown in Kentucky, heroin has begun to take hold. With the shutdown, pill addicts became unable to obtain their fix. Heroin contains the same type of substance that they’re addicted to, plus it’s also cheaper, making it the chosen alternative for abusers. Heroin comes in many forms, and oftentimes by the time it reaches the user, it has been laced with substances that make it weaker, and in some rare cases, even stronger and more dangerous.
Our own intern Katie Himes participated in the “MISS KENTUCKY USA” PAGEANT over the past weekend. She won! And now serves as the 2015 Miss Kentucky USA. CONGRATS TO KATIE!
Now when she returns to the office on Thursday, we will crown her “YOU’RE STILL AN INTERN, AND WE’VE GOT A LOT OF CRIME FIGHTING TO DO, SO LET’S ALL GET BACK TO WORK FOR 2015.”
In all seriousness, Katie is a very nice and extremely bright young woman who does a lot of excellent work for the crime-fighters at the Office of the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney.
By: Anika and Nikki
Throughout our time at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, we’ve worked primarily on the “micro” or individual-level of advocacy. However, on February 5th we had the opportunity to partake in a “macro” or community-level advocacy action by attending “Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol” in Frankfort, Kentucky. The event called to action the importance of protecting children in Kentucky by addressing teen violence.