Health-Care Professionals Receive Criminal Law Update

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Byline: Tony Gordon

Close to 100 people employed in the health-care field attended a conference Monday designed to inform them about how their work impacts criminal investigations and prosecutions.

The third annual Pediatric Trauma Symposium was at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

According to Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Dan Shanes, the concept was to educate doctors and nurses on the effects of street drugs, narcotics investigations and sexual assault prosecutions.

Shanes was among speakers that included agents of the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group and a paramedic from the Flight For Life rescue helicopter.

Shanes, who addressed the topic of sexual assaults and severe physical abuse of children, said the legal experts were not there to ask the health professionals to do police work as well as their own.

"We did not ask them to do any additional work designed to aid a prosecution, nor did we ask them to do anything different in caring for victims," Shanes said. "We simply wanted to show them how what they do dovetails into the criminal investigation and prosecution process."

Update on Mahaffee: Army Capt. Shane Mahaffee has been joined by his wife and father as he recovers from injuries suffered in Iraq at a military hospital in Germany.

Waukegan attorney Greg Nikitas said Jennifer Mahaffee and Steve Martin have been in contact with him since their arrival in Germany on Tuesday.

"The news is, thankfully, much better than it was earlier in the week," Nikitas said Wednesday. …