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BARBARA LYNN ASHCROFT

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									                     BARBARA LYNN ASHCROFT
                 James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University
                             1719 North Broad Street
                               Philadelphia, PA 19122
                                   (215) 204-5314
                                bashcrof@temple.edu


BAR MEMBERSHIPS Pennsylvania, New Jersey


EDUCATION

 Law School          Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1999
                     Widener Law Certified Legal Intern, Family Violence Outreach
                     Division, 1999

 Undergraduate       Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ
                     B.A. (Political Science) 1994


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 Associate           Director, Temple LL.M. in Trial Advocacy (since July 2007)
 Professor           Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
                     Duties include LL.M. student recruitment, faculty recruitment and
                     training, trial advocacy instruction and curriculum development.
                     Accountable for LL.M. annual budget and the supervision of staff.
                     Coach-instructor for Temple’s award winning trial team.

 Assistant           Captain Sex Crimes Unit (2005-2007)
 District            Assistant District Attorney (2001-2007)
 Attorney            Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Norristown, PA
                     I supervised a team of sex crime prosecutors while maintaining a
                     personal caseload in excess of one hundred and fifty cases
                     involving distribution of drugs, theft related offenses, sexual
                     assaults of adults, teenagers, and children. I worked closely with
                     the Montgomery County Detective Bureau to specifically
                     prosecute cases involving internet crimes against children; I
                     collaborated with investigators from all municipal police
                     jurisdictions to employ vertical prosecution of sexual assaults. I
                     was responsible for approving or declining arrests and prosecutions
                     throughout Montgomery County. I prosecuted over 1,500 criminal
                      cases, including: homicides, felony drug crimes, corrupt
                      organizations, rapes, child rapes, burglaries, domestic violence,
                      fraud, theft, DUI, homicide by vehicle-DUI related and aggravated
                      assaults.

Assistant             Assistant District Attorney, Trials Division (2000-2001)
District              Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Westchester, PA
Attorney              I conducted over 1,500 pre-trial matters and suppression hearings
                      with a specialization in child molestation and assault cases,
                      juvenile crime assessment and adjudication.

 Certified            Certified Legal Intern (1998-1999)
 Legal Intern         Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, Media, PA

 Entrepreneur         Restaurant Owner, Sales, Marketing and Management (1990-1992)
                      Shakespeare’s Ltd., Inc., Warren, RI

                      Administrative, Sales, Marketing and Management (1987-1992)
                      Total Fitness for Women: Health & Fitness Center, Swansea, MA.

                      Exportation and Management (1987-1992)
                      B.L.A. Enterprises, Inc., Swansea, MA


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

 Task Forces
       Montgomery County Sexual Assault Task Force (2005-2007)
       Internet Crime against Children Task Force (2005-2007)
       Montgomery County Drug Task Force (2002-2005)

 Legal Analyst
       Guest appearances on television and radio as a legal expert in the area of Sex
       Crimes and Homicide Prosecutions. Lecturer at community and educational
       events in the area of criminal prosecution, child advocacy and as a motivational
       speaker.

       The Process of a Sexual Predator – A 45-minute television and professionally
       packaged DVD aimed to provide a chilling yet realistic perspectives of the
       dangers of raising children in the age of chat rooms, blogging, and instant
       messaging. The program includes a live chat room demonstration and expert
       commentary on how sexual predators are caught and supervised, key prosecution
       and defense strategies, the ramifications of Megan’s Law, and how to protect
       children from being victimized. On October 25th, 2008, the Montgomery Bar
       Association won an unprecedented, third consecutive Luminary Award for
       communication excellence from the National Association of Bar Executives.



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 Narcotics Prosecutor, Top Gun Graduate
      Intensive Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Narcotics Training Program,
      specializing in suppression issues (2004-2006)

 Montgomery County Grand Jury Prosecutor (2002-2007)

 United States Attorney’s Office Safe Neighborhood Training (2004)


SELECTED CASES

Commonwealth vs. Granese.
First Degree Murder Conviction (December 30, 2005)
Three-week jury trial, in which I presented wholly circumstantial evidence that the
defendant had killed his wife of 34 years, and the jury delivered a unanimous guilty
verdict of First Degree Murder.
Montgomery County District Attorney’s Commendation (January 6, 2006)
I received a commendation for exemplary performance in the investigation and
prosecution of Charles Angelo Granese for the murder of his wife.

Commonwealth vs. Gerald Bendig, Jr.
Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse Conviction. (May 2008) I prosecuted this
pedophile, known in Bucks County as the “Rolls Royce” of sex offenders. The defense
filed numerous pre-trial motions alleging “taint” and moved to keep the child witness (a
10- year-old boy from an Immigrant family) from testifying. Additionally, the defense
moved to seal the defendant’s prior record. The court allowed the child witness to testify
but barred me from bringing in defendant’s prior three child-rape convictions. During the
three day trial, the defense highlighted the Commonwealth’s absence of corroborating
physical or forensic evidence. Meanwhile, an interpreter was used to translate the 10-year
old boy and his father’s testimony. After forty minutes, the jury returned a unanimous
guilty verdict and the defendant (now a convicted third strike child sex offender) was
sentenced to life in prison.

Commonwealth vs. McKannan.
Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse Conviction. (September 4, 2007) Technology
and dogged diligence by the Upper Merion police resulted in this conviction. The rape
occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. on August 30, 1998, but the woman could not identify
her attacker because he blindfolded her before he raped her. Additionally, the State
Police Lab did not initially recover DNA on the victim’s clothing. By 2003, Upper
Merion police resubmitted the items from this cold case to a new forensic scientist and
DNA was recovered. A computerized match was made via CODIS and the DNA
evidence resulted in a conviction after a three day trial.




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Commonwealth vs. Frederick.
Third Degree Murder Conviction (July 29, 2005)
I prosecuted case with District Attorney Bruce L. Castor, Jr., before the Honorable
William T.Nicholas, defendant convicted on July 29, 2005.

Commonwealth vs. McBurrows.
Third Degree Murder Conviction (August 27, 2004)
Eight-day trial prosecuted with Deputy District Attorney Maloney, during which I
presented evidence and testimony to support that the defendant had beaten and killed a
four-year-old child and abused several other children.

Commonwealth vs. Wireman.
(Two) First Degree Murder Convictions (October 20, 2003)
I prosecuted case with District Attorney Bruce L. Castor before the Honorable Paul W.
Tressler, defendant convicted on October 20, 2003.

Commonwealth v. Wallace.
Rape Conviction (January 24, 2004)
Case involving a knifepoint rape of a teenage girl.

Commonwealth vs. Oliphant.
Rape Conviction (April 3, 2003)
Four-day trial involving the brutal rape of a young woman in Upper Dublin.

Commonwealth v. Wardlaw.
Rape Conviction (May 6, 2003)
Case involving the rape of a disabled blind girl.

Commonwealth v. Penn.
Multi-Jurisdictional Burglary Conviction (December 9, 2003)
One-week jury trial, involving nine burglaries that impacted four counties and numerous
victims, in which the defendant was found guilty of all nine burglaries.
Montgomery County Police Department Commendation (December 10, 2003)
I received a commendation from Montgomery County Police Chief for exemplary
performance in the investigation and prosecution of a career burglar, which cited an
outstanding opening statement to the jury, and a well organized trial presentation
followed by a masterful closing.

Commonwealth v. Phillips.
Assault Conviction (April 22, 2005)
Three-day jury trial involving an assault of a prostitute.




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