September 2014

AB1517 Signed to Address CA’s Rape Kit Backlog Sep 30, 2014

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed groundbreaking legislation aimed at eliminating California’s current backlog of untested rape kits and preventing the possibility of future backlogs. AB 1517, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, and co-sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), brings justice to victims of sexual assault by ensuring that DNA evidence collected during sexual assault examinations is tested in a timely manner.

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Combat Human Trafficking Sep 29, 2014

On September 28, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1610 into law. This bill, authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, and sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, provides for a conditional examination when a material witness is a victim of, or witness to, a felony prosecution involving human trafficking.

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Rape Kit Update Press Conference Sep 29, 2014

Congressman Honda and Alameda County DA O'Malley Outline Success in Eliminating Rape Kit Backlog ~ Results seen at federal, local level ~

Oakland, CA. – Today, Congressman Mike Honda (D-San Jose) and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley discussed the accomplishments and ongoing efforts to eliminate the backlog of rape kits at a local and national level and to ensure that resources exist to prevent future backlogs.

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TJX Companies, Inc. to Pay $2,777,500 Settlement Sep 22, 2014

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, along with 34 other California District Attorneys and two City Attorneys, announced today that Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas W. Wills has ordered Massachusetts-based retailer The TJX Companies, Inc. to pay $2,777,500 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution. The TJX Companies, Inc. operates throughout California as T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods brands.

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People v. Rasheed Strane Sep 9, 2014

On September 9, 2014, a jury convicted Rasheed Strane of the second degree murder of Rebecca Viera and the attempted murder of her boyfriend, Joseph Johnson. On August 17, 2013, the 23-year-old defendant fired five times into a parked vehicle driven by Johnson and occupied by Viera and her 5-year-old son. The motive behind the shooting appears to be one of a pre-emptive strike by the defendant, who believed a witness to the murder and the victims were at 72nd and MacArthur to beat up defendant’s girlfriend. The case was prosecuted by DDA Melissa Dooher with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo.

Pepole v David Anderson Sep 8, 2014

On September 8, 2014, a jury convicted David Anderson of mayhem with use of a firearm, assault with a firearm and with great bodily injury, robbery with great bodily injury, and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. On November 9, 2012, the defendant robbed a 17-year-old girl at the side of a corner-store located at 19th Avenue and East 21st Street in Oakland. The defendant repeatedly hit the victim’s head into the store wall when trying to take her cellphone, ultimately causing a concussion. He then kicked the victim’s 14-year-old relative in the head when she tried to intervene and protect her relative from attack. The defendant fled the scene after taking the robbery victim’s cellphone. On November 14, 2012, the defendant shot his third-female victim in her right pinky, which consequently had to be amputated, while she was seated in her car located in the driveway of a residence on Pearmain Street and 107th Avenue in Oakland, and while she was in an altercation with the defendant’s girlfriend. The defendant then accidentally shot himself in the leg while fleeing the scene. The case was prosecuted by DDA Gemma Daggs with assistance from Inspector Kendell Won.

Pepole v Lamour Smith Sep 8, 2014

On September 8, 2014, a jury convicted Lamour Smith of three counts of robbery and assault with a firearm. In October 2013, the defendant robbed three food delivery men after placing an order for food to be delivered to an address in Oakland. Each time, the defendant stole the victim's cellphone and wallet. OPD quickly investigated and located the defendant. The case was prosecuted by DDA Angela Steffes with assistance from DA Inspector Jim Rullamas.

Governor Signs DA Sponsored Human Trafficking Bill Sep 2, 2014

On August 29, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 939, marking a significant advancement in the ability to prosecute human trafficking cases that cross jurisdictional lines. The legislation, co-sponsored by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and authored by Senator Marty Block, enables prosecutors to file multiple charges against a defendant who commits human trafficking-related offenses in multiple jurisdictions across the State of California.

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