Did You Know...? Monthly Newsletter Issue 4, 2014
From the Office of Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley
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To review and prosecute criminal violations of the laws, to protect consumers and the environment and to support and protect victims of crime within the County on behalf of the people of the State of California.

Victims' Rights Week: April 6-April 12, 2014
Members of the DAVW Division received the Proclamation from Board President Keith Carson
The DA's Victim-Witness Division also received a proclamation, given by Board President Keith Carson, proclaiming the week of April 6 - April 12, 2014 as Victims' Rights Week. Members of the District Attorney's Office were present to receive the Proclamation.

The District Attorney's Office honored National Victims' Rights Week 2014 by hosting a series of public events to assist crime victims and their families. Representatives from the DA's Victim-Witness Division and the Alameda County Family Justice Center spoke with crime victims, provided resources, answered questions and educated the community about victims' rights. Some of the topics discussed at the events pertained to Victim Compensation, Restitution, housing, medical and counseling bills, and restraining orders.
Members of the DAVW working together at one of the Victims' Rights Week events
Executive Officer of CalVCP Visits DA's Victim-Witness Div. & ACFJC
Julie Nauman (right) handing DA O'Malley the CalVCP Proclamation commending the work of the DA's Office
On April 24th, California Victims Compensation Program (CALVCP) Executive Officer Julie Nauman met with DA Nancy O'Malley and toured the Family Justice Center and Victim Witness Center. The tour was lead by Tasia Wiggins, Director of the DA's Victim-Witness Division, and Shelah Snowden, Victim-Witness Claims Unit Supervisor. The Victim-Witness staff met with Ms. Nauman and explained the outreach efforts and services provided by the navigators, claims unit specialists and consultants. Cherri Allison, Executive Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, led a facility tour of ACFJC and introduced Ms. Nauman to some of the on-site collaborative partners located at the Center.

"It truly is remarkable to observe firsthand the victim- centered approach Alameda County has taken to serve victims of violent crime and the collaborative approach District Attorney O'Malley takes with the Victim Witness Center staff and the Family Justice Center. I was honored to stand with Nancy at this year's National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards Regional Conference as she clearly demonstrated that she is one of California's most inspirational leaders in assisting victims of crime and fighting for the rights of victims and survivors. We are proud to have her as a partner with the California Victim Compensation Program and I look forward to much continued collaboration."
-Julie Nauman, Executive Officer, California Victim Compensation Program
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sup. Haggerty with DA O'Malley and the SAAM Proclamation
Supervisor Scott Haggerty and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. DA O'Malley, Chief Assistant Kevin Dunleavy, and members of the DA's Sexual Assault Unit were present to receive the Proclamation. The Proclamation recognizes and observes victims of crime impacted by sexual assault within Alameda County and the on-going efforts needed to end sexual violence to promote safe, healthy communities.
    
Coinciding with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Victims' Rights Week, DA O'Malley was honored with two National awards for bringing justice to crime victims and working to end sexual violence.

On April 10th, the United States Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus awarded DA O'Malley the Lois Haight Award of Excellence and Innovation for her outstanding contributions to the field of victims' rights. This award honors a professional whose effortshave had a significant impact on local, state, national or international public policy development and implementation that promote dignity, respect, rights and services for victims of crime.
DA O'Malley receiving the Lois Haight Award from Rep. Swalwell

"I'm privileged to have presented Nancy the prestigious Lois Haight Award of Excellence and Innovation from the House Victims' Rights Caucus. Nancy's creative initiatives and advocacy are helping to make life better and bringjustice to victims across Alameda County and the nation. She is a true and tireless champion for victims, and I can think of no one more deserving of this award."
-Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA 15th Dist.)

 D.A. O'Malley also received the 2014 Visionary Voice Award. Given by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), this is a national award honoring leaders in sexual violence prevention. In observance of April Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NSVRC annual Visionary Voice Award highlights individuals throughout the country whose prevention work is making a significant impact in their communities.
Recent Verdicts & Other Headline News

*On April 17, 2014, a jury convicted Aaron Stewart, Anthony Perry, and Paul Stevenson of three counts of deliberate and premeditated first degree murder with special circumstances, four counts of deliberate and premeditated attempted murder, intentional discharge of a firearm, and intentional discharge causing death or great bodily injury. On Saturday, October 1, 2011, the (seven) victims were all attending a "Tattoo Party" located at 2661 Alvarado Street in San Leandro. After the party, the defendants, armed with handguns, approached the victims' vehicle. Defendant Stewart shot four times into the vehicle's passenger side compartment. Stewart only stopped shooting when his gun jammed. Defendant Perry shot seven times into the driver's side windshield and eight more shots into the passenger compartment. Defendant Stevenson shot into the driver side of the vehicle. After the attack, the assailants escaped scene and gathered at another location. San Leandro Police Department developed a sketch of one of the shooters, leading to the arrest of Paul Stevenson on October 20, 2011. Months later, another witness implicates Perry and Stewart as members of a gang and targeted victim Joshua Alford, a member of rival gang. The prosecutor was DDA Jimmie Wilson.

 

*On April 17, 2014, a jury found defendant, Francisco Daniel Dominguez, guilty of eight felony counts of sexual abuse. He was held accountable for eight counts of lewd and lascivious acts, oral copulation, and sexual penetration with a foreign object. This abuse occurred from 2004-2011 in San Leandro, CA and was eventually reported in 2012 by the victim to San Leandro Police. The jury came back with a verdict after 2 days of deliberations. The sentencing is scheduled for June 2, 2014 by the Honorable Roy Hashimoto. The prosecutor was DDA Samantha Kim.

For a full description of all felony and misdemeanor verdicts,  
Take Your Children to Work Day 2014:
Plant A Seed, Grow A Future
All 24 children at the mid-morning art activity hosted by the Alameda County Art Commission
On April 24th, the DA's Office hosted 24 children, ages 8-16, at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse for Take Your Children to Work Day 2014. This year's event theme was Plant A Seed, Grow A Future, a day to inspire children to pursue careers in law or in County government. The children participated in several events throughout the day, including a Mock Investigation and a Mock Trial. Other activities included meeting the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, a Behind the Scenes Green Screen project inside the DA Video Unit, and an art program at the Alameda County Art Commission. Niki D'Alonzo Martinez, the District Attorney's Youth Program Coordinator, planned and organized all of the day's activities.
Members of the Jury (back row from left) Alastair Bock, Lucas Corriero, Nicholas Knight, Eva Hathcox, Mia Nieto, Kaitlyn Misfud (front row from left) Elsa O'Brien, Jackson Ryken, Grace Sandbach, Seth Sjoberg, Keon Stewart, Jackson Thomas
DA O'Malley leads the Kick-Off for
Community Day of Action
DA O'Malley at podium w/ Amba Johnson (left), Lynette McElhaney (right), and volunteers
On April 5, DA O'Malley, as well as Lynette Gibson McElhaney,   Oakland City Councilmember, District 3, and Amba Johnson, Alameda Family Services Executive Director, led the Kick-Off Event for this year's Community Day of Action. Volunteers of this county-wide event united together to inform Bay Area businesses and establishments about the new California law requiring certain public and private entities to post anti-trafficking notices.   

Under the leadership of DA O'Malley, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office created a poster that complies with all mandates of the new law and is available for use by all businesses, both those required to post as well as those wishing to become involved in the effort to end the epidemic of human exploitation and trafficking. The poster includes telephone hotlines to seek help or report unlawful activities.
National Drug Take Back Day:
DA Inspectors collect 757 lbs. of unwanted prescriptions and drugs
(Left) - DA Inspectors Eddie Bermudez (center) and J.P. Williams with a volunteer
(Center) - Some of the unwanted medications collected by DA Inspectors
(Right) - DA Inspectors Malory Hathcox & Tai Nguyen and Investigative Asst. Nick Williges
On April 26, Alameda County DA Inspectors participated in Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's bi-annual nationwide event. In one day, DA Inspectors collected a total of 757 lbs. of unwanted prescription medications and drugs at four different locations in the East Bay. This is was a record-breaking day for the District Attorney's Office.

The USDEA's National Drug Take Back Days give the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially-dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs, thereby helping to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft. This day reinforces that safe disposal of both over-the-counter and prescription medication is vital to prevent the misuse of these substances, and to end the harmful environmental impacts of disposing of them in landfill or through our water system.
Left to Right: DA Inspectors Jeff McCort, Blair Alexander, & George Phillips at Alameda Kaiser
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