September 23, 2022

Executive Working Group on Prosecutorial Relations

FREDERICK, MD – Founded over 40 years ago, the Executive Working Group on Prosecutorial Relations was attended by members of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), and the National Association of Attorneys General. Extensive discussions covering topics such as excessive force issues, organized retail crime, FBI behavioral analysis, and attacks on forensic science disciplines were at the forefront.  Notable attendees U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta joined the group in fostering productive dialogue among the attendees. The Executive Working Group provides a forum for open and candid exchange of ideas and concerns among federal, state, and local agencies. Frederick County, Maryland State’s Attorney Charlie Smith, President-Elect of NDAA, is one of several NDAA members, including Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and Buffalo District Attorney John Flynn.

Smith provided comments about recent developments and admissibility challenges within forensic science and what impact this has for local prosecutors. “The interplay between DOJ, Attorneys General, and State and local prosecutors can be profound, often directly affecting the outcome of cases.  That’s why this working group is so important to foster cooperation and exchange of ideas critical to good policy,” stated Smith.

Promoting cooperation and information sharing among the various levels of government is paramount in fostering an understanding of the different approaches taken by federal, state, and local law enforcement.