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AG’s video conferences train Mexican prosecutors

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About 50 prosecutors in Mexico are learning about the American legal system through video conferences this week arranged by the Indiana attorney general’s office.

Prosecutors in Ensenada, Mexico, are watching the presentations from the Indiana Government Center via two-way video link. Indiana deputy attorneys general are discussing intricacies of a range of U.S. laws at the Indiana Government Center.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller was the opening speaker at the conference, joined by Mexican Consul General Juan M. Solana. The presentations are part of ongoing training of attorneys, prosecutors, judges and investigators as Mexico transitions to a justice system more like that of the U.S.

“Law enforcement in Mexico has the daunting challenge of confronting the wave of violence from organized drug cartels while restoring trust in Mexico’s criminal justice system,” Zoeller said in a statement. “Adopting oral trials involves a fundamental transformation of Mexico’s system and is a necessary step toward creating a framework where the guilty are held accountable and the rights of the accused are protected and justice is done.”

Scheduled speakers include Deputy Attorneys General Maureen Devlin and Steve Hunt of the Medicaid fraud control unit; Deputy Attorney General Patricia Orloff Erdmann, chief counsel of the litigation division; Deputy Attorney General Tim Junk, interim section chief of environmental litigation; Deputy Attorney General Ian McLean of the criminal appeals division; and Deputy Attorney General Matthew Whitmire, prosecution section chief of the appeals division; Clark Superior Judge Jerry Jacobi; and Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Schmadeke.

 

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