Alameda County District Attorney's Office
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

Meet DA Nancy E. O'Malley


Tindle OIS Report Oct 23, 2018

District Attorney Releases Final Report on the Fatal Shooting of Sahleem Tindle

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Drug Take Back Day Oct 22, 2018


Oakland, CA -

Saturday, October 27, 2018, is National Drug Take Back Day and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office will have four drop-off sites open for free, confidential and safe disposal.

National Drug Take Back Day provides a convenient and safe way to rid your home of expired,
unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs. All collection sites also accept
unused pet medication.

Safe disposal of over-the-counter and prescription medication is essential to prevent the misuse
of these substances, and to end the harmful environmental impacts of disposing of them in
landfill or through the water system.

"Prescription drug abuse is a significant issue facing our communities. A major step in prevention is to empty medicine cabinets of old, unused, and expired medication,” said District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley.

“Proper disposal of medications serves a vital public safety and public health function and helps to prevent environmental contamination.”

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DA O’Malley’s Statement on Former Inspector Oct 12, 2018

“The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office proudly comes from a long and rich tradition of ethical values and an unwavering commitment to justice. Our record of high quality performance in the administration of criminal justice has made us a leader in law enforcement, not just in California, but across this nation. This strong reputation is rooted in a lineage of fair, ethical, and consistent leadership dating back to the 1920s,” states District Attorney O’Malley.

“The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office seeks justice within the bounds of the law, in every case. We serve the public interest and act with integrity and honesty. When a public official - especially one entrusted with upholding the law as Harry Hu was - breaks that trust, it strikes a hard blow against the hard working and ethical professionals of the District Attorney’s Office. No one is above the law. When a law enforcement officer or public official commits criminal acts, he will be prosecuted fully under the law," she said.

"On October 11, we were informed by the US Attorney’s Office that Harry Hu has been prosecuted and convicted of the crime that is articulated in 18 USC 371, Conspiracy to Commit Honest Services Fraud and Bribery. Former Inspector Harry Hu has brought shame on himself, on the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the Oakland Police Department, as well as on the justice system. He has violated the trust of the people of Alameda County and of those of us who work every day to ensure public safety, who protect and serve victims of crime, and who hold those who commit crimes accountable," said DA O'Malley.

DA O’Malley Announces Felony Charges Filed Against Sheriff’s Sergeant Oct 3, 2018

Oakland, CA - Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley today announced that her Office has filed four felony charges against Alameda County Sheriff Sergeant James Russell based upon the illegal and secret recordings of four in-custody juvenile suspects in an interview room at the Eden Township Sheriff’s substation on March 15, 2018. Filed are four counts of a violation of Penal Code Section 632(a), eavesdropping on or recording of confidential communications.

Upholding the Constitution is the highest priority of this office, including protecting the attorney/client privilege. The District Attorney’s Office conducted a thorough investigation into this matter, and has concluded that the evidence supports the filing of these felony charges against Sergeant Russell. No individual is above the law, and when a law enforcement officer commits a crime, he or she must face the consequences, just as any member of the community must.

“Every one of us working in the justice system must be held to the highest of standards when it comes to protecting an individual’s constitutional rights, including the sacrosanct right to privileged communication between a client and his or her attorney,” says DA O’Malley.

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DA-Sponsored Sexual Assault Bill Signed by Governor Oct 1, 2018

In a victory for survivors of sexual assault crimes, 
Governor Brown signs DA-sponsored bill mandating the statewide counting of backlogged sexual assault kits

In the final day of the legislative session, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 3118, sponsored by Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley, and co-sponsored with Joyful Heart Foundation and Natasha’s Justice Project, that will once and for all provide an accurate and full accounting of all backlogged sexual assault kits throughout California. This law puts the state a step closer to ending the decades-old backlog of sexual assault kits.

AB 3118, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), requires a statewide audit of police agencies, hospitals, crime labs, and any other facility that handles or stores sexual assault kits to get a definitive count of the backlog in California and submit that count to the California Department of Justice by July 1, 2019.

“For years, I have been fighting to assure an accurate accounting of backlogged sexual assault kits and to eliminate the backlog of these kits. Ultimately, it is vital that California never again sees any backlog in the testing this vital forensic evidence,” says DA O’Malley.

“I am very grateful to Assemblymember Chiu for carrying this important piece of legislation and to the Governor for signing it into law. This bill will make a significant impact in the lives of sexual assault survivors."

“The rape kit backlog is an embarrassment,” said Assemblymember David Chiu.

“I am happy Governor Brown saw the dire need to understand the extent of the rape kit backlog in California so we can address the issue. Given the current national conversation around sexual assault, it is more important now than ever that survivors of sexual assault know that California is working to get them the justice they deserve.”

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Whole Foods to Pay $1.64 Million in Hazardous Waste Settlement Sep 20, 2018

Stores throughout the State improperly handled and disposed of hazardous wastes

Oakland, California – District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her office, together with 21 other California District and City Attorneys, has filed and settled a civil law enforcement action in Yolo County Superior Court against Whole Foods Market California Inc. and two related entities. The settlement requires the Whole Foods entities to pay $1.64 million and resolves allegations that companies violated California laws for the safe storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous wastes over a five-year period.

According to the District Attorneys’ complaint, Whole Foods Market California Inc., Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Food Markets Inc., and WFM-WO Inc., unlawfully handled and disposed of various hazardous wastes and materials throughout the state over a five-year period. These hazardous wastes and materials included batteries, electronic devices, ignitable liquids, aerosol products, cleaning agents, and other flammable, reactive, toxic, and corrosive materials.

“We remain ever vigilant in the protection of our natural resources and the proper disposal of hazardous waste is vitally important in safeguarding the environment from toxic pollutants that pose a threat to the health of humans, wildlife, and plants,” says DA O’Malley.

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DA O’Malley Announces Settlement with Goop, Inc. Sep 4, 2018

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office, as a member of the California Food, Drug, and Medical Device Task Force, which is comprised of ten district attorneys' offices including Napa, Marin, Monterey, Orange, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, and Sonoma Counties, announced today a settlement in a consumer protection action against Goop, Inc. (“Goop”). Goop sells a variety of items on its website including vitamins and diet supplements, feminine care products, and wellness products.

The consumer protection complaint alleges that Goop made false and misleading representations regarding the effects or attributes of three products—the Jade Egg, Rose Quartz Egg, and Inner Judge Flower Essence Blend. According to the complaint, Goop advertised that the Jade and Rose Quartz eggs—egg-shaped stones designed to be inserted vaginally and left in for various lengths of time—as well as the Inner Judge Flower Essence Blend could balance hormones, prevent uterine prolapse, increase bladder control and prevent depression. The complaint also alleges that none of Goop’s claims regarding these products were supported by competent or reliable scientific evidence.

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People v Melvin Allen Aug 29, 2018

On July 25th, 2018, a jury found defendant Melvin Allen guilty of the murder of Dominique Johnson. The jury further concluded that the murder was premeditated, deliberate and of the first degree.

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Today, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced that criminal charges have been filed against defendant, John Lee Cowell, in the brutal murder of Nia Wilson and the attempted murder of Letifah Wilson on July 22, 2018. Ms. Nia Wilson was only 18 years old and her sister, Ms. Letifah Wilson is 26 years old. Count One of the Complaint filed in the Wiley Manuel Courthouse alleges a violation of Penal Code Section 187(a), Murder of Ms. Nia Wilson. The Complaint alleges the special allegation, Penal Code Section 12022(b)(1), that the defendant used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, in the Murder of Ms. Nia Wilson.

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People v Meini Foster Jul 23, 2018

On July 20, 2018, a jury convicted defendant Meini Foster of three forcible sex crimes and found the kidnapping allegations attached to each count to be true.

A night of revelry took a wrong turn when victim Jane Doe, intoxicated and confused, boarded the wrong BART train after a work holiday party and ended up encountering the defendant, who took advantage of the vulnerable victim to move her away from BART and sexually assault her.

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