Issue No. 10
December 2014
Did You Know...?
Domestic Violence Public Awareness Campaign

In addition to teaming up with the Oakland A's, the Office has also joined forces with the Oakland Raiders to combat domestic violence.


District Attorney's Office Wins "Most Innovative" in the County's Stone Soup Can Sculpture Competition

A seven-foot-tall replica of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse created out of more than half a ton of donated food won top honors in a county-wide contest this holiday season. District Attorney's Office employees, led by DDA John Mifsud, constructed the building out of food collected in an Office-wide effort.



According to competition officials, the DA's Office contributed more than 1,300 pounds of food to the drive. But how many food items is that? Members of the Office donated 188 individual servings of oatmeal and 104 of ramen; about 36 boxes of baking mixes, potatoes, cereal and stuffing; 51 boxes of macaroni and cheese; more than 1,000 cans of vegetables and soup that Mifsud deemed "regular-sized" cans, and about 470 cans of food in other sizes; at least 10 pounds of pasta, grains, dried beans, and rice; and about 100 items in miscellaneous categories, including a gallon-sized jar of maraschino cherries.

$23.8 Million Settlement with AT&T for Environmental Violations
On November 20, 2014 DA O'Malley and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a settlement with AT&T to resolve allegations that hundreds of AT&T's California facilities unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and material over a nine-year period. As part of the settlement, AT&T will pay $23.8 million. In addition, AT&T will spend an estimated $28 million over the next five years to implement the enhanced environmental compliance measures required by the settlement. This is the first enforcement action in California against a telecommunications company for its management of electronics waste.


"Today's settlement marks a great victory for California's ongoing efforts to ensure that hazardous waste is disposed of in a safe, legal and environmentally sustainable manner," stated DA O'Malley. "Whether a small local business or a huge international company, my Office will pursue all necessary legal action against entities that pollute our environment. This legal action should put others on notice that local and state agencies will continue to work together to investigate and prosecute violations against our environment."

Getting Guns off the Streets


On Saturday December 13, 2014, members of the DA's Office participated in a Gun Buy Back with the Oakland Police Department.  DA Inspectors Moreno, Won and Chew worked with OPD at Youth Uprising in East Oakland during the buy back.  Over 70 vehicles came through and by the day's end, law enforcement had collected 78 firearms, including handguns, rifles and shotguns, along with ammunition.  Nearly 30 of the firearms collected were handguns. 


Weapons collected during Buy Back.
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Felony Verdicts
  • On November 17, 2014 a jury convicted Decoy Hazle of 8 counts of sexual assault of a minor under 10 years of age. The acts ranged from sexual intercourse of a child under 10, attempted sodomy, oral copulation of a child under 10 and lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 years of age. The acts occurred at the defendant's home in Hayward. The DDA was Carrie Skolnick with assistance from Inspector Simon Rhee.
  • On November 12, 2014, a jury convicted defendant Gustavo Moran of the first degree murder of 18-year-old Jesus Diaz. The jury found true the allegation that the defendant personally used a firearm, and additionally convicted him of shooting into an occupied vehicle and assault with a firearm on a 15-year-old girl. On October 13, 2010, the defendant conspired to rob Mr. Diaz of $250 during a drug deal with a semi-automatic firearm. The defendant and his co-conspirators lured Mr. Diaz and his teenage girlfriend, to the San Lorenzo Community Center around 9:00pm. There, the defendant rushed Mr. Diaz's vehicle and brandished a loaded 9mm semi-automatic firearm. As his co-participants demanded money, the defendant began pistol-whipping Mr. Diaz. As Mr. Diaz attempted to drive off, the defendant emptied the clip of his semi-automatic pistol, killing Mr. Diaz. The teenage girl sustained non-life-threatening injuries. This case was prosecuted by DDA Adam Maldonado with assistance from Inspector Tim Bergquist.
  • On November 3, 2014 a jury convicted Rafael Tovar, 29, of the first degree murder of Justice Afoa, 18, as well as conspiracy to commit murder and found true the allegation that the crime was committed in furtherance of gang activity. Throughout 2010, there were several altercations between gang members who attended Newark Memorial High School and members of the football team. Mr. Afoa attended Newark Memorial High School and was the star player on the football team. The defendant was a high ranking gang member from Fremont. In September 2010, the defendant's sister invited Justice Afoa and his friend Anthony to a party at her family home. Anthony had previously dated the sister, but the relationship ended poorly and defendant was angry at Anthony. As soon as the defendant saw Anthony, he began a fight with him. The fight involved several of the party-goers, and resulted in the defendant's beating. The defendant and his fellow gang members planned to avenge the fight with murder. For the next few months, the defendant conspired to murder the victim. On December 15, 2010, Rafael Tovar and fellow gang member Danny Howard stabbed the victim multiple times, killing him. Howard has been previously convicted of Justice Afoa's murder, conspiracy to commit Afoa's murder, and several other crimes. The case was prosecuted by DDA Elgin Lowe.
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