October 2016

DA Announces Judgement in Consumer Action Against ’My Pillow’ Oct 31, 2016

Oakland, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced today that her office, in conjunction with the nine other District Attorney’s Offices that together comprise the California Food Drug and Medical Device Task Force, resolved a consumer protection action against My Pillow, a manufacturer and seller of pillow and bedding products.

The complaint was filed in Alameda County Superior Court and alleges that My Pillow made representations about the health effects of its products that were not supported by scientific evidence, including claims that its pillow products could reduce the effects of medical conditions such as fibromyalgia, insomnia, migraines, etc. The complaint also states that My Pillow advertised itself as the “Official Bed Pillow” of the National Sleep Foundation (“NSF”), allegedly without disclosing that a material financial connection existed between My Pillow and NSF.

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People v Andrew Resto Gutierrez Oct 26, 2016

On October 24, 2016, a jury found defendant Andrew Resto Gutierrez guilty of rape of an intoxicated person and rape of an unconscious person.

On September 19, 2014, Defendant Gutierrez found the victim passed out in her vehicle on Park street in Alameda. The victim had drunk alcohol and felt it was unsafe for her to drive. She vomited on herself after she pulled over and climbed into the back seat to sleep.

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People v Lazaro B. Guzman Oct 25, 2016

On October 21, 2016, a jury convicted defendant Lazaro B. Guzman of one count of aggravated sexual assault and six counts of lewd and lascivious acts against John Doe, a minor under the age of 14. The jury also convicted him of one count of continuous sexual abuse and three counts of lewd and lascivious acts against Jane Doe, a minor under the age of 14. Defendant Guzman committed these acts some 10 years ago.

Defendant Lazaro B. Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced on December 16, 2016.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Amanda Chavez with assistance from DA Inspector Jean Luevano and Victim-Witness Advocates Lily Bueno and Yuen Chiang.

(Docket #176702)

Felony Charges Filed Against Police Officer Oct 20, 2016

OAKLAND, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced her office has filed charges against Oakland Police Officer Ryan Walterhouse alleging two felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one misdemeanor count of engaging in an act of prostitution. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 2pm in Department 502 of the Hayward Hall of Justice.

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People v Paul Booker, Jason Beasley & Ruben Mitchell Oct 17, 2016

On September 23, 2016, a jury convicted defendants Paul Booker, Jason Antoine Beasley, and Ruben Manzell Mitchell of numerous offences and enhancements, including kidnapping, torture, assault with a firearm, attempted pandering, and human trafficking for commercial sex. Defendants Booker and Mitchell were additionally convicted of rape by a foreign object as well as assault with a deadly weapon.

In 2013, 17-year-old Jane Doe ran away from home and was living on a friend's couch, making money in the commercial sex trade to survive. She knew Defendants Booker and Beasley, and previously Defendant Booker had propositioned her, offering to work as her 'pimp'. Ms Doe declined to work for him. On June 2, 2013, Ms Doe spent the night with Defendant Beasley at an apartment in San Leandro. The following day, Ms Doe and defendant Beasley intended to go out of town in order for Ms Doe to work as a prostitute. Before leaving, defendant Beasley drove Ms Doe to Oakland.

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People v Corey Malik Powell Oct 13, 2016

On October 12, 2016, a jury found defendant Corey Malik Powell guilty of felony discharging a firearm in a negligent manner, being a felon in possession of a gun, carrying a concealed weapon, and two counts of misdemeanor resisting arrest.

On September 1, 2015, at approximately 8 pm, two BART PD officers at West Oakland BART station saw Defendant Powell smoking a cigarette as he leaned against the pony wall on platform two. The wall overlooked the parking lot, 30-40 feet below. The officers asked Defendant Powell for ID and told him that if he was free of warrants they would let him go with a warning.

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Governor Signs Important Public Safety Bills into Law Oct 6, 2016

Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law numerous public safety bills that the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office sponsored, authored, and supported.

District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley said, “I am proud to work with California's lawmakers as we strive together to make our communities and our state a safe place for all Californians. I wish to thank Governor Brown for signing these important bills into law.”

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2016 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oct 1, 2016

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In the United States, a woman is physically abused every 15 seconds.
It’s time to 'Speak Up, Speak Out' against domestic violence in our community.

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we hope you can join us for a series of events throughout October as we reach out to our community and raise awareness about domestic violence.

We are launching our 'Speak Up, Speak Out' campaign in various public buildings around the county, and will also host the annual Day of Remembrance on October 28 to honor those who have been murdered as a result of domestic violence.

For more information about the events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month around the county, please visit the Alameda County Family Justice Center's News & Events page.

If you or someone you know are victims of domestic violence, you are not alone.
We can help you.
Call the ACFJC on (510) 267-8800 or visit acfjc.org.