Author Archives: danielmichaelcavanaugh

About danielmichaelcavanaugh

Chief Deputy and Special Victims prosecutor with the Washington County State's Attorney's office. Coordinating efforts with local law-enforcement through training and collaboration. Involved with the training of junior deputies. Substantial trial litigation with special victim cases. Working with local partners to provide better processes for child victims and victims of domestic violence. Drug Treatment Court representative.

Great trial for law enforcement This was a great jury trial (conviction) for our law enforcement. An armed stand-off where the defense blamed law enforcement response. Defendant pulled gun just days after his girlfriend allegedly killed four people in Washington County. Glad I could … Continue reading

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Acknowledging victims is just the beginning

This week, April 10 – 16 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. At the State’s Attorney’s Office we are regularly confronted with issues facing crime victims. We see and hear about the trauma inflicted upon victims. We meet with them … Continue reading

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Character Evidence in Criminal and Civil Cases

When Character Evidence is admissible in Civil and Criminal cases   This article will address the admissibility of character evidence for parties in civil and criminal cases. While rule 90.404 of the Florida Rules of Evidence restricts the admissibility of … Continue reading

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Case law (VT & and US) update 2016 no.1

(Presented at Inter-agency 4) Spring 2016 Case law updates •Miranda 5th Amendment •In Re EW 2015 VT 7 •Juvenile in custody in his home. Independent witness did not clearly enhance EW’s sense of freedom to decline to answer the officer’s … Continue reading

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Sentencing of a sex offender March 8, 2016

Jonathan Amell was sentenced today for his second Sexual Assault on a Child (13 year old girl). Washington County Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Daniel Cavanaugh tried Amell before a jury who found him Guilty. During the pendency of this case … Continue reading

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expanding mental health courts

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Criminal Just Reform, part 1 – Violent Crime

There have been efforts in Vermont (introduced as House bill 221) and nationally to consider reforming the criminal justice system, especially as it relates to prison populations, sentencing and (jail) detention of criminal defendants. It is important to focus on … Continue reading

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