September 2016

People v Stephon Lee and Mario Floyd Sep 30, 2016

On September 15, 2016, a jury found Defendant Stephon Lee and Defendant Mario Mady Floyd convicted of felony murder with special circumstance findings related to the robbery of Ms. Salamon.

On July 24, 2013, Oakland anti-crime activist and neighborhood dog walker, Judy Salamon, was shot in the 2400 block of Fern Street in Oakland. Moments before her murder, Defendants Stephon Lee and Mario Floyd observed Ms. Salamon using her cell phone to record them. Defendant Floyd approached Ms. Salamon and attempted to take her phone, but Ms. Salamon resisted. Defendant Lee then approached Ms. Salamon and shot her.

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People v Gregory Gadlin Sep 21, 2016

On September 14, 2016, a jury convicted defendant Gregory D. Gadlin of the first degree murder of Evan Meisner.

Shortly after 1:30AM on March 31, 2011, victim Evan Meisner invited his neighbor, Defendant Gadlin, to his home to sell him marijuana so as victim Meisner could pay rent. Instead, Defendant Gadlin robbed and murdered him, shooting the victim in the neck and stealing the victim's wallet, phone, and marijuana.

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People v Ayodele Patterson Sep 16, 2016

On September 1, 2016, Defendant Ayodele Patterson was convicted of first degree murder and burglary special circumstance for the killing of 80-year-old Ms. Carolyn June Pavon in 2010.

On June 26, 2010, Defendant Ayodele Patterson, Defendant Donnie Howard and Defendant Lionel Harris planned to commit a residential burglary in Hayward. Defendants Patterson and Howard lived in the neighborhood and pre-selected June Pavon’s house as the target of their armed home invasion. Defendant Harris lived in Oakland and had never been to Ms. Pavon’s home. She was a widow and lived alone with her 15-year old Border Collie named Nikki. Several weeks earlier, Ms. Pavon's home had been burglarized over the Memorial Day weekend.

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Governor Brown Signs Bill to Increase Building Construction Oversight Sep 16, 2016

On September 15, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 465 by Senators Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and supported by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

This important piece of legislation requires the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, after consultation with the Contractors State Licensing Board, to make available copies of any citations or actions taken by the division against a contractor. This bill establishes greater accountability for contractors and ensures the public has critical disciplinary information about contractor licenses.

An example of this need for transparency can be seen by the tragic balcony collapse that killed six people in Berkeley in 2015. The company responsible has reportedly paid out $26.5 million in construction defect settlements, but that information was not known to the Contractors State Licensing Board or to the District Attorney’s Office.

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DA Nancy E. O’Malley Announces Charges in Sexual Misconduct Investigation Sep 9, 2016

Oakland, CA -- On June 15, 2016, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced that the District Attorney’s Office had launched an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving multiple law enforcement officers from agencies around the Bay Area and an 18-year-old young woman known to the public by the name of Celeste Guap. Over the last three months, a team of Victim-Witness Advocates and DA Inspectors, assisted by attorneys, have worked full time on this investigation.

Cases brought into court by the District Attorney must be supported by evidence and it has been the task of the District Attorney’s team to identify and examine the evidence, and to substantiate the allegations. Cases cannot be brought into the criminal court absent evidence that establishes the element of the crime(s) beyond a reasonable doubt. Until now, the office has declined to comment on the investigation because the full scope of the facts was not known. It is our duty to conduct an impartial and thorough investigation and review of all facts before we make a charging decision or speak publically.

There has been an understandable public outcry over the allegations in this matter. The work of the media in covering the alleged criminal activity and misconduct has also served to raise awareness of issues important to all of us. The coverage, by and large, has relied on information uncovered by reporters and on limited social media messages provided by the young woman at the center of the story.

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