The Case for Specialized Elder Abuse Prosecutors

Vol. 24 No. 1

By

Page Ulrey is senior deputy prosecuting attorney in the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in Seattle, Washington.

Had 64-year-old Leonard Swenson’s case been reported to the police in 1998, rather than in 2008, he would likely have been told it was a “civil matter,” and that there was nothing that could be done about it. When the case was reported in 2008, Leonard was still failed by most of the systems he encountered. However, because of the dedication of a handful of people in the criminal justice system, he had the rare experience of sitting in a courtroom and watching his exploiter get handcuffed and taken to prison.

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