Achieving true justice requires experience and foresight. Charging decisions should be made with confidence based on evidence that is understood not assumed.
Kelsey consults for various agencies and organizations including law enforcement, universities, attorneys and reporters to facilitate their efforts to prevent, respond to and understand violent crime in our community.
Consulting Practice Areas
- Consultation or testimony for attorneys representing clients who were unjustly arrested and/or convicted.
- It is not uncommon in strangulation cases, especially where officers or prosecutors have not received proper education and training, for the wrong party to be arrested. In these cases, where the assault is on the brain and internal organs there is rarely external visible injury. However, because such violence often results in a victim fearing death there is often a primal fight for life. As a result, the perpetrator often has more visible and superficial injuries to the skin in the form of bite marks and scratch marks. If law enforcement is not properly trained this will often result in the unjust arrest of the victim rather than the perpetrator.
- It is not uncommon for victims of strangulation to lack memory of the details and sometimes the entirety of a strangulation assault. As a result, the victim may not adequately articulate necessary information to law enforcement.
- In this case, the victim had zero memory of a strangulation that left her unconscious for over two-hours with permenant brain damage. Luckily, because both the nurse and the Detective had training, they were able to identify that the pain she experienced from swallowing was relevant. The Detective was then able to get a confession from the perpetrator that he had strangled the victim. The perpetrator was ultimately charged with a first degree assault and sentenced to 50-years in prison.
- Helping the media understand violent crime, victim response and community judgment
- Review of suspicious deaths that are possible homicides
- Advising on cold cases, both sexual assault and/or homicide
- External review of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse cases for police departments or prosecutors’ offices
- Training/curriculum development and implementation
- Policy review and development
- Technical assistance to government agencies and non-profits
- Multidisciplinary training