2010 Officer Recognition Awards Oct 14, 2010

On October 11, 2010, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley presented her Office’s Police Officer Recognition Award to seven recipients, all members of Law Enforcement Agencies in Alameda County.

The award recognized either a notable and outstanding body of work spanning a long career in law enforcement, or exemplary work in a specific case, contributing to a successful prosecution and the furtherance of justice.

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Alameda County DA's Office Selected as Grant Recipient to Fight Human Trafficking of Minors Aug 10, 2010

Aug. 10, 2010. District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has been selected as one of only four recipients of a U.S. Department of Justice grant to combat Human Trafficking of Minors.

The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Grant was awarded after a nationwide submission process. The Grant award is $300,000 over a two-year period. Other grant recipients include the State of Georgia Bureau of Investigation; the City of Boston, Massachusetts; and the Cook County State’s Attorney, Chicago, Illinois.

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District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley Issues Statement on Mehserle Verdict Jul 9, 2010

District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announces that the Los Angeles jury in the case of People v. Johannes Mehserle returned a guilty verdict of involuntary manslaughter against the defendant.

The jury also found true the allegation that the defendant used a gun and rejected the defense that the defendant believed he was using his taser. The verdict reflects that the killing was unlawful and done with criminal negligence and recklessness.

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Deputy DA Publishes Law Review Article Jul 1, 2010

Deputy DA David G. Lim has authored a law review article published in the May/June, 2010 issue of Clearing House Review; Journal of Poverty Law and Policy.

Mr. Lim's article, "Local Prosecutions of Real-Estate Fraud as a Means to Achieving Social and Economic Justice for Low-Income Victims and Communities: A Case Study", offers valuable information and insights into the legal and social issues surrounding the current real estate fraud crisis in low-income neighborhoods.

Mark Jackson Appointed to State Bar Executive Committee Jun 8, 2010

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and the Alameda County District Attorney's office are pleased to announce that Deputy District Attorney Mark Jackson has been appointed to The State Bar's Criminal Law Section's Executive Committee. The California State Bar Board of Directors named Mr. Jackson to this three year position on June 1, 2010.

Alameda County District Attorney's Office Goes to Washington Jun 2, 2010

On May 9, 2010 Nancy O’Malley led a team from the District Attorney’s Office on a week long work trip to Washington D.C. Of foremost importance, Ms. O’Malley, along with Deputy District Attorneys Sharmin Bock and Eric Swalwell and D.A. Inspectors Harry Hu and Craig Chew, attended the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to pay respect to Police Officers who have been killed in the line of duty and to honor the four slain Oakland Police Officers. President Obama addressed the large crowd gathered at the Memorial. The D.A. contingent also attended an emotional candlelight vigil officiated by United States Attorney Eric Holder.

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Defendant Convicted of Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault Apr 5, 2010

On April 2, 2010 a jury convicted Vincent Turner forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, kidnap for the purpose of financial gain from the human body, and pandering by procuring and human trafficking. On April 7, 2009 the defendant kidnapped a 16 year-old girl who was working as a prostitute from the area of 46th Ave and International Blvd. in Oakland after posing as a potential “date”. The defendant took the victim to his apartment in Stockton and explained to her that he had been watching her and wanted her to “help run his girls”. He also told her that if she wanted to leave she would have to pay him $2500. After unsuccessful attempts to raise the money, the defendant offered to lower the price to $1000 if she had sex with him. Fearing that she would not be able to get back home and that the defendant would hurt her if she did not go along with his plans, the victim acquiesced and had sex with the defendant. The next day, the 16-year-old victim talked the defendant into taking her back to Oakland. Once there, the young victim ran from the defendant’s car and flagged down Oakland police officers. The following day, the defendant kidnapped a 15 year-old girl from Oakland and took her to the same apartment in Stockton. The defendant told this victim that if she wanted to go she would have to pay him $1000. When she failed to produce the money, the defendant made her work as a prostitute and required her to have sex with him. After almost a week with the defendant, she was able to escape after he left her alone in a motel room in Oakland.

Sentencing will take place on June 25, 2010. The Prosecutor was DDA Sharon Carney.

Defendants Convicted of Multiple Murders with Special Circumstances following Brutal Crime Spree Mar 22, 2010

Press Release (download as a pdf)

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that a jury convicted defendants Stefon Johnson and Hezekiah Edwards each of two counts of first degree murder with special circumstances and one count of attempted murder on Friday, March 19, 2010. The convictions stem from a brutal crime spree that began on March 24, 2006 in Antioch when Edwards and Johnson attempted to kidnap victims Johnny Denton and Willie Lavall Jr. at gun-point. When they tried to escape, both victims were shot and Lavall was dragged to death as the defendants sped away from the scene in a rented minivan.

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Assemblymember Swanson Names Deputy District Attorney Sharmin Bock Woman Of The Year Mar 12, 2010

During a March 8, 2010 ceremony at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson (D-Oakland) honored Deputy District Attorney Sharmin Bock as the 16th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. "Sharmin has been an invaluable asset to my district, the state, and nation in bringing domestic commercial sexual exploitation of minors to a level of national discussion. We are on a rescue mission to save helpless children that are being sold into slavery across the country and Sharmin has dedicated herself, working day and night, to ensure that the laws are crafted to further this mission," said Assemblymember Swanson.
Read Assemblymember Swanson's press release

District Attorney's Office Participates in Oakland's Chinese Lunar New Year Bazaar Mar 2, 2010

On February 6th and 7th, 2010, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce hosted the 18th annual Chinese Lunar New Year Bazaar, an exciting and colorful outdoor festival. For the first time, the District Attorney’s Office joined the festivities by hosting a booth staffed with volunteers from the Office.

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District Attorney's Office Unveils H.E.A.T. Watch Jan 26, 2010

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announces the unveiling of H.E.A.T. Watch, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office’s model program to combat Human Exploitation and Trafficking (H.E.A.T.).

H.E.A.T Watch is an innovative, multi-level blueprint designed to combat the H.E.A.T. epidemic victimizing our youth, plaguing our communities, and impacting our businesses. H.E.AT. Watch brings together under one umbrella five strategies to combat HEAT at local, regional and national levels because human trafficking knows no borders and exists right before our very eyes. H.E.A.T. Watch challenges everyone to open their eyes and ears, to WATCH and take ACTION.

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District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley Settles Fraud Case Against Local Midas Franchise Owner Jan 26, 2010

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced on January 25, 2010 that a settlement has been reached with defendant Maurice Irving Glad who owns and operates 22 California Midas Auto shops, some of which are located in Alameda County. The settlement brings to an end a “bait and switch” operation designed to defraud consumers. “The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office remains vigilant in protecting its citizens from predatory and unscrupulous business practices,” says Ms. O’Malley.

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Charges Filed in Walgreen's Attempted Robbery Jan 22, 2010

Charges were filed today against Alex Nero, also known as Alphonso Mitchell, stemming from a January 20, 2010 attempted robbery and kidnapping for robbery inside the Walgreen’s at 51st and Telegraph in Oakland. Nero and his accomplice entered the store at 2:00 am, both wearing masks. Armed with a gun, the accomplice demanded an employee open the safe. When he could not open it, they forced the employees into a back room and shut the door. Both CHP and OPD arrived at the scene. The accomplice ran out through a back door, confronted police with a firearm and was subsequently shot and killed. Nero was arrested at the scene.

He has been charged with 4 counts of P.C. 209(b)(1), kidnapping to commit another crime, 4 counts of attempted 211, robbery, along with the allegation that in the commission of each offence, a principal was armed with a firearm, pursuant to P.C. section 12022(a)(1). Four prior convictions are alleged.

Nero was arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court on January 22, 2010. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 25, 2010 at 9:00 am in Dept. 112 of the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse.