Prosecutors Honored for Efforts to Combat Domestic and Sexual Violence
HELENA – Gallatin Deputy County Attorney Ashley Harrington was recognized as Montana’s Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year and Butte-Silver Bow Chief Deputy County Attorney Brad Newman received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Montana County Attorneys’ Association annual meeting in Whitefish today.
The two awards were presented by the Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, the Montana Attorney General’s Office and the State Bar Association of Montana. The annual awards acknowledge both exceptional service to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and exemplary efforts to eradicate violence in Montana communities.
Harrington was chosen as the 2006 Outstanding Prosecutor for her excellence in prosecuting domestic and sexual violence cases. She joined the Gallatin County Attorney’s Office as a deputy prosecutor in 1998. Harrington was recognized for her work in the courtroom, particularly her dedication to victims’ rights, prosecuting difficult cases and giving victims a voice in the legal process. She also was honored for her commitment to building strong partnerships with community organizations, her leadership in initiating a Sexual Assault Response Team, and her compassion for victims of violent crime.
Newman was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his career-spanning work as a chief prosecutor and his commitment to eradicating domestic and sexual violence in Montana. As chief criminal prosecutor in Butte-Silver Bow County for 18 years, Newman prosecuted hundreds of domestic and sexual violence cases. He also serves on the board of directors of Safe Space, a domestic violence shelter, and is a member of the Montana Board of Crime Control. As a state legislator from 2000 to 2004, he carried several important victims’ rights bills in the Montana legislature.
Individuals were nominated by their colleagues based on collaboration with law enforcement and victim services organizations, maintaining high standards for victims’ rights, and understanding and skill in holding abusers accountable.