2008 OPAA Spring Training
April 10 & 11, 2008
Hyatt on Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio
OPAA's Spring Training will include a wide mix of subjects: interrogation techniques, gang prosecution, Ohio Supreme Court update, tips for practicing before the Ohio Supreme Court, and new advancements in polygraph techniques.
Thursday April 10 9:00 - 10:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 The Behavior Analysis Interview
Most investigative interviews consist of two types of questions - investigative and behavior provoking. Investigative questions concern the subject's version of events, alibi or activities at the time in question, developed by the traditional who, what, where, when, why, and how type of questions. Behavior provoking questions are ones that are used to assess the subject's truthfulness by evaluating the nature of their response. Truthful people answer the behavior provoking questions one way, while a deceptive person usually offers a different verbal response.
During this segment of the program we will discuss how to phrase and ask the behavior provoking questions, and describe the type of answers to anticipate from the truthful and deceptive individuals.
Joseph P. Buckley III
President John E. Reid and Associates, Inc.
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:15 The Reid Nine Steps of Interrogation
In this segment of the training program we will discuss the interrogation process, beginning with how to initiate the confrontation; develop the interrogational theme; stop denials; overcome objections; and, use the alternative question to stimulate the admission.
Joseph P. Buckley III, President
John E. Reid and Associates, Inc.
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 Prosecuting Gangs in Ohio
This presentation is designed to educate prosecutors as to the basic issues encountered in the prosecution of gang members and gang related crimes. This includes basic identifiers for gangs, working with law enforcement on gang investigations, the differences in the prosecution of adult versus juvenile gang members, utilizing the Ohio Gang Statute, legal hurdles in the prosecution of gang members, and other legal tactics to prosecute gangs and combating the constitutional challenges of Ohio's Gang Statute.
Zachary Swisher, Assistant Chief
Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann's Office
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:30 Gang Prosecution, continued
3:30 - 5:00 Trial Techniques From Start To Finish
This session will cover developing a coordinated approach to opening statements and closing arguments. These skills will be developed through various theme and persuasion building methods. Students will be presented with demonstrations that highlight these methods.
Friday, April 11
8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 Ohio Supreme Court Update
Red light cameras and speeding tickets. Murders, rapes, and a three day "crime spree" in which two juveniles crashed stolen cars, stole guns, and shot two farm animals. Just your typical year at the Ohio Supreme Court! Will a new justice change a court which last year upheld a law prohibiting consensual sex between consenting adults? Former Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Assistant District Attorney and Warren County Assistant Prosecutor Joshua Engel will examine 2007's and early 2008's notable criminal cases from the Ohio Supreme Court, with the hope of discerning a pattern and direction for the court.
Chief Legal Counsel
Ohio Department of Public Safety
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:15 Ohio Supreme Court Update, continued
11:15 - 11:45 Practicing Before the Ohio Supreme Court
A discussion of practical advice on practicing before the Supreme Court. The discussion will cover what to consider before even filing the jurisdictional memorandum to what to expect and how to prepare for the actual oral argument.
Justice Maureen O'Connor
Ohio Supreme Court
11:45 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 1:45 What Psychology Knows About Lie Detection
This session will highlight the knowledge that has been gleaned over the last several decades of psychological research on the detection of deception. Topics covered will include: The strengths and weaknesses of people at detecting lies, which language and behavioral cues reliably indicate deception, the ability of polygraph machines to aid in detecting deception, the strengths and weakness of different polygraph techniques, and new technologies in lie detection (including voice stress analysis and measures of brain activity).
Dr. N. Kyle Smith
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ohio Wesleyan University
1:45 - 2:00 Break
2:00 - 3:00 What Psychology Knows About Lie Detection, continued
We have requested 10.00 hours of CLE credits from the Supreme Court. The room rate at the Hyatt on Capitol Square is $135.00 for single or double occupancy. To make reservations, call 614-228-1234. Be sure to tell them you are with OPAA to obtain our rate. The cut-off date for our block of rooms is March 17th. Hyatt has a 24-hour cancellation policy. Hotel check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out time is 12:00 noon.
Our contract with the Hyatt anticipates that attendees will pay the above rate of $135.00 for sleeping rooms. Attendees should not request the government rate.
The registration fee is $200.00 for both days. This covers all handout materials, continental breakfasts, breaks, and lunches on both days. The fee for one day only is $125.00. Due to the expense of producing the training manual, a $40.00 penalty will apply to all cancellations made through April 4th, and a copy of the manual will be sent. To help defray the cost of food guarantees, cancellations after April 4th will be assessed a $100.00 penalty if scheduled to attend both days, and a $75.00 penalty if scheduled for one day only. Please send registrations to OPAA by April 4th at the latest.
(If any registrant has special dietary needs, please have them contact Delores at 614-221-1266 so that advance arrangements can be made with the hotel)