All posts tagged: Attorney Michelle Cruz

Attorney Michelle S. Cruz, ImaginePublicity

Shattered Lives: Reversal of Parole, Connecticut Cop Killer

The sound of “Amazing Grace” played by a lone bagpiper resonated as a line of  Connecticut law enforcement officers honored the family of slain police officer, Robert Holcomb, as they left a victorious parole hearing for the person responsible for his murder. In 1977  Gerald “Gary” Castonguay was convicted of shooting Officer Holcomb to death, and in January 2015, without notice to Holcomb’s family, the Connecticut Pardon and Parole Board granted him parole beginning in July. Not only was the family outraged at this decision, but also fellow officers and the general public who campaigned through letters, emails, and calls to oppose Castonguay’s release. Granted a new hearing, the family was able to express their injustice and the parole was rescinded. More information can be found at Hartford Courant about this case and it’s outcome. Joining Shattered Lives Radio is former Connecticut State Victim Advocate and private practice attorney, Michelle S. Cruz to discuss this case, as well as the rights of victims and their families when a convict comes up for parole. Host, Donna R. Gore, …

Shattered Lives: Victim Impact Statement and Sentencing

One of the remaining avenues for crime victims to have a voice within the courts is through victim impact statements. Victim impact statements are usually read after trial and during the sentencing phase as a way to get into the record the impact of the crime on the victims, their friends and families. Shattered Lives Radio talks with two champions of victims’ rights, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and attorney Michelle S. Cruz, who is serving as this week’s co-host. Both women have used their skills and experience to step into the gap for victims of crime through their advocacy and legislative positions. Realizing that crime victims often are in trauma, even years after the crime, they use their understanding of the justice system to pave a smoother path. Host, Donna Gore, offers her personal knowledge of the subject as well as bringing something new to the table, a Victim Impact Assistance Service where crime victims can take advantage of her vast talent at a time when their lives are in chaos. Nancy O’Malley Using her position as the …

Attorney Michelle S. Cruz, ImaginePublicity

Attorney Michelle Cruz Keynote Speaker at NCVAN Training Conference in North Carolina

Attendees of the annual North Carolina Victim Assistance Network Conference will learn about the key elements to responding to mass victimization from keynote speaker, Attorney Michelle S. Cruz and her presentation, “Victim Services and Needs in Mass Tragedies.” In our time we have seen numerous mass tragedies occur, in our cities, in our schools, movie theaters, they can happen anywhere at any time, killing and injuring hundreds or thousands very quickly.  How we respond to the needs of the victims in these catastrophes is paramount to their healing and ability to overcome the trauma endured. Attorney Michelle Cruz was the State Victim Advocate of Connecticut at the time of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting where 26 people, 20 of whom were children, lost their lives.  The  response of her office for the surviving victims and families was to gather information and compile data from agencies across the country and funnel volunteers to help the victims. Unfortunately, her tenure in office expired before being able to insure that donated funds for the victims’ families were properly disbursed. Cruz …

Attorney Michelle Cruz, ImaginePublicity,Crime Wire

Crime Wire: Attorney Michelle Cruz Talks about Crime Victims’ Rights

You can hear Crime Wire   Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Eastern.  Please visit our Crime Wire Website. Together we can make a difference. LISTEN LIVE: CLICK HERE or listen to the Podcast at anytime Yes, a new look, a new host, but the same quality show! Over the years Crime Wire has presented many, many cases of unsolved homicides, missing persons, and all other types of crime. Along with each of these crimes comes surviving victims, family members, children, and friends, and most are still working to find justice. While seeking justice, or grieving for a lost loved one, there are an abundance of rights available the surviving crime victims. Most of them they know nothing about, and others are either misinterpreted or not enforced by those close to the cases who are in a position to do so. If you are a surviving crime victim and have questions about your rights as a victim for Michelle Cruz, CALL IN to the show or ask in the interactive chat!   646-478-0982 Attorney Michelle Cruz was appointed by Governor M. Jodi …

The Roth Show: 2 Hours with Dottie Laster and Attorney Michelle Cruz, Rescue in Cleveland

Join Dr. Laurie Roth weekdays at 7-10pm Pacific, 10pm-1am Eastern Listen LIVE or to the Archive:  http://therothshow.com  The Rescue in Cleveland Three young women who had gone missing between 2002 and 2004 were found Monday, May 6th inside a home where the shades were said to be always drawn. No one who lives nearby seems to have suspected that there might be kidnapping victims inside, forcibly being held and psychologically coerced for over ten years. From reports coming in it seems that police were called several times over the years, but there was no response when they knocked, so they left, doing nothing else. Witnesses and neighbors reported what they saw and what they suspected, but somewhere there was a disconnect. Dottie Laster will appear to discuss the cases of the three women held against their will and most likely forced to do unspeakable things. Laster’s experience in the rescue and service of over 200 human trafficking victims qualifies her responses that there needs to be more done on all fronts to combat this ever …