August 2017

People v Aaron K Tingle Aug 25, 2017

On August 15, 2017, a jury found defendant Aaron K Tingle guilty of assault with a deadly weapon.

In December 2016, the victim and her sister, Lashonda Lowery, lived together in an apartment in Berkeley. The apartment building had recently changed ownership and all the tenants were being evicted. Defendant Tingle was dating Lashonda at the time. On the morning of December 22, Defendant Tingle and Lashonda were asleep the apartment when the victim stopped by to pick up the last of her belongings. The victim was in the process of moving into a new apartment.

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Rapid DNA Act Signed into Law Aug 22, 2017

Recently, the bipartisan, bicameral Rapid DNA Act of 2017 was signed into law. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has been a powerful advocate of Rapid DNA technology to solve crimes and exonerate the wrongfully accused.

DNA is a critical forensic tool in solving sexual assaults as well as other serious crimes. Many government crime labs are overburdened with work, and don’t have the capacity to process this vital forensic evidence in a timely manner. This problem has resulted in an estimated backlog of 400,000 to 500,000 sexual assault kits throughout the nation, leaving sexual assault crimes unsolved and violent criminals free to reoffend.

Rapid DNA technology is a vital tool to expedite entry into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) that will speed up the timetable for DNA analysis. This expedited entry of DNA reference samples into CODIS through Rapid DNA will assist law enforcement to more quickly solve crimes, link suspects to other investigations including unsolved rapes and murders, and release individuals whom DNA analysis indicates are innocent.

The bill allows for a suspect’s DNA sample to be taken at the time of booking, developed within 90 minutes and then uploaded directly into CODIS, as opposed to the current lengthy process.

“Rapid DNA technology provides an effective new way to identify or clear a suspect within 90 minutes instead of what now can take years," says Alameda County DA Nancy E. O’Malley.

“Law enforcement agencies across the nation and the people they serve will be grateful for this bipartisan effort to make their work more efficient.”

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Statement by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley on Hate-Driven Speech and Violence Aug 15, 2017

"The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office stands firmly against hate-driven speech and violence. There is no place in this county for destructive conduct or violence driven by racism, anti-Semitism, or hatred.

"The DA's Office has a Hate Crime Hotline (510-208-4824) and we follow up on all calls. Hate driven violence is a violation of California law, and those responsible will be prosecuted to the full extent of those laws."

-- Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney