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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 2 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. 3 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. 4
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