- Associated Press - Sunday, March 8, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is hosting a training seminar this week for prosecutors, forensic scientists and investigators from two Mexican states.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Sunday his counterpart from the state of Morelos, Rodrigo Dorantes Salgado, will lead the visiting delegation, which includes colleagues from Hidalgo state.

Kilmartin said Mexican states have until next year to implement changes moving from a written inquisitorial criminal justice system to an oral adversarial system similar to the U.S.

Kilmartin said Rhode Island prosecutors and investigative experts will lead sessions on ethics, securing crime scenes, investigative strategies, preparing for trial, and examining expert and trial witnesses.

Participants will observe Providence Superior Court, and meet with forensic scientists, a ballistics expert and local police.

The meeting is part of a cooperative program to strengthen the legal systems of both the U.S. and Mexico.

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