DNA & CRIME: HOW FAR HAVE WE COME?

1-Mitch-Morrissey

2-Mitch-MorrisseyAmazing! Television crime shows have the ability to construct solid evidence and to produce DNA results all in one day! But in the real world, such possibilities are more science fiction than fact. While not the quick turnaround that we’ve been led to believe, DNA technology is steadily perfecting the use of DNA evidence to exonerate the innocent, while putting the right criminals behind bars.

In a free lecture for Academy fall participants, Mitch Morrissey, the elected District Attorney of Denver since 2005, separated fact from fiction in the use of DNA evidence in crime investigations.

Mr. Morrissey is internationally recognized for his expertise in DNA technology. He has applied that technology in criminal prosecutions, working to ensure that DNA science is admissible in court and using DNA in investigating and prosecuting serial murderers and sex offenders.

In 1999, he was sworn in as a Boulder District Attorney to work on the thirteen-month-long grand jury investigation into the death of Jon Benet Ramsey, and he continued as an advisor to the ongoing investigation until 2003. In addition, Mr. Morrissey has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors in DNA technology throughout the United States, in Canada, and in the Middle East.

Continue reading

Veterans’ Advocate Wins Inaugural Award

1-DickYoung

2-DickYoung

Dick Young, who is teaching the Five Best and Five Worst Presidents…You Choose in Spring 2015, musician Bruce Springsteen and several others, went to Washington, D.C., to receive the inaugural Lincoln Award and a attend a celebratory concert.

Congratulations Dick!

Below is a snippet of the press release, or you can read the whole thing by clicking here:  Announcment of Standard Bearer Award

“The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family will be the first event of its kind to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families. It will be presented in Washington D.C. by The Friars Foundation, the charitable arm of the legendary Friars Club. The event will take place over the course of two days, with honors awarded in ten categories at a special ceremony on January 6, 2015 and an All-Star concert, taking place on January 7, 2015, at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Concert Hall. The event will be packaged for national prime-time broadcast to coincide with the March 4, 2015, 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s landmark Second Inaugural Address, where he stated America’s commitment ‘to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.’

One of the ten awards is the Standard Bearer Award. The recipient of this award is listed below.
Dick Young
Standard Bearer
Recognizing outstanding lifetime achievement and excellence by a veteran in exemplifying selfless service

One unrelenting, effective champion whom our military veterans can count on is Rear Admiral (Retired) Dick Young. A staunch, pragmatic advocate for veterans returning home, Dick heads the Colorado Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). His herculean and tireless efforts have made substantial improvements and impacts in his community, the state of Colorado, and our nation’s military.”

Here’s even more about Dick from a previous article written by Kathlene Sutton:

Retired Rear Admiral Dick Young, now 84 and going strong, has been an active volunteer throughout his entire adult life. He served 35 years in the U.S. Navy, both Active and Reserve and was awarded the Legion of Merit Award three times, one of the highest peacetime awards a Navy Reservist can receive. In further recognition of his superior service, Admiral Young received the National Navy League’s John Paul Jones Inspirational Leadership Award in 1988, the only Naval Reservist to ever receive the National Navy League’s highest award.

Since becoming the Colorado State ESGR Chair in 2009, Admiral Young has devoted over 8700 hours in organizing, leading, and running Colorado’s ESGR. He built the organization from a small handful of Volunteers to a force of over 220, the largest ESGR State Committee in the country. This powerhouse team raised the bar from 1300 Volunteer hours in 2008 to 16,669 in 2014, all helping our military members.

One unrelenting, effective champion whom our military veterans can count on is Rear Admiral (Retired) Dick Young, a popular, longtime Academy course leader. A staunch, pragmatic advocate for veterans returning home, Dick heads the Colorado chapter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), which he spearheaded in 2009.

ESGR, Dick explains, “is a Department of Defense agency, volunteer led and volunteer run.” About 200 Colorado volunteers–including several Academy members–invest approximately 1400 hours a month in fulfilling ESGR’s vital mission: connecting employers with job-hunting veterans, mentoring veterans seeking employment in the civilian world, and actively mediating veteran/employer disputes (over veterans’ re-employment in jobs left behind after being deployed on military assignments).

Dick credits ESGR’s success to both compassionate, cooperating employers and “passionate volunteers who are more knowledgeable and dedicated than most volunteers in voluntary organizations.” For more information on ESGR, visit http://www.esgr.mil/contact/local-state-pages/colorado.aspx.

For many years, participants in Dick’s Academy classes have come to know and embrace all these same admirable qualities in Dick himself–compassion, passion, knowledge and dedication—plus his non-stop wit and sense of humor. Equipped with a law degree, as well as graduate work in history, he has led nine Academy courses, focused on topics such as the Electoral College, World War II, the politics of US geography (How the US Got its Shape: It Wasn’t by Dieting), and US presidential history.

We salute Dick Young for all he does for and means to veterans and The Academy!

 

Continue reading