Retired Conasauga Circuit District Attorney Kermit McManus, one of several presenters at the upcoming domestic violence conference at Dalton State College on Oct. 25, will share his experience with domestic violence cases and his expertise on effective investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases.
Because most domestic violence crimes occur in the privacy of the home, “there are generally few witnesses other than the participants themselves…. creating a unique problem when the case relies primarily on the testimony of the parties involved,” he said. Mr. McManus will describe methods that first-responders and investigators can employ that will significantly improve evidence collection plus courtroom strategies that enhance the likelihood that a case is successfully prosecuted and an abuser is brought to justice.
Soon after his appointment to District Attorney, Mr. McManus received a grant in 1997 to create one of the first dedicated Domestic Violence Units in a prosecutor’s office in Georgia. That unit continues today to provide specialized service to the community through its work to hold perpetrators responsible and to assure protection and justice to victims.
Mr. McManus is a graduate of Mercer University Law School, served as district attorney of the Conasauga Judicial Circuit (Murray and Whitfield Counties) from 1996-2012. He is currently in private practice in Dalton and works specifically with Whitfield County Juvenile Court cases. He serves on several community agency boards as a volunteer and advisor.
For information about the conference, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for the event visit http://dvconference2013.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Marcy Muller at 706.272-2258 ext 2153.