November 2017

DA O’Malley and Attorney General Becerra Announce Settlement with DIRECTV Nov 22, 2017

$9.5 Million Settlement with DIRECTV for Violations of California’s Hazardous Waste and Unfair Competition Laws

OAKLAND, CA – Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced a settlement with DIRECTV to resolve allegations that its California facilities unlawfully disposed of large volumes of hazardous waste – including hazardous batteries, electronic devices, and aerosols – and committed additional violations stemming from the mismanagement of such items.

These acts constitute violations of California’s Hazardous Waste Control Law, and of California’s Unfair Competition Law, as such conduct gives DIRECTV a competitive advantage over other regulated entities that are complying with the law. On November 22, 2017, by stipulation of the parties, the Alameda County Superior Court signed a final judgment incorporating the terms of the settlement.

“Unlawfully disposing of hazardous waste can lead to serious health and environmental risks. That is why DA O'Malley and I are holding DIRECTV accountable today,” Attorney General Becerra said.

“The California Department of Justice will continue working to protect the health and well-being of our communities. We will prosecute those who violate our environmental laws.”

“My Office is dedicated to enforcing laws that protect the environment and ensure fair business practices. Any company doing business in Alameda County and in California must abide by these laws. The illegal disposal of hazardous waste pollutes our soil and our water and can be harmful to the health of humans as well as the environment,” said District Attorney O’Malley.

“I thank the Attorney General for his leadership on these important issues and I am confident that we will continue to make strides in holding businesses accountable and keeping our environment free from toxic pollution.”

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People v Brian Zachary Jones Nov 15, 2017

On November 13, 2017, a jury found defendant Brian Zachary Jones guilty of two counts of second degree murder for the deaths of 44-year-old Esparanza Morales-Rodriguez and her one-year-old daughter Yulidia Perez. The jury also convicted Defendant Jones of driving under the influence of alcohol and injuring a seven-year-old child, Carlos Morales.

On May 2, 2015, Defendant Jones and a friend attended the Livermore Wine Festival and they concluded their drinking at Buffalo Wild Wings at approximately 6pm. Though intoxicated, Defendant Jones decided to drive the friend home in his new Corvette.

Meanwhile, the extended family of Ms Morales-Rodriguez were celebrating a birthday and first communion of family members at a residence in the 900 block of Murieta Boulevard, in Livermore. Seven-year-old Carlos Morales was playing with a cousin in the backyard of the apartment, while Mrs Morales-Rodriguez and her daughter were walking along a path leading to the complex.

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People v Whittier Buchanan Nov 9, 2017

On November 6, 2017, a jury convicted defendant Whittier Buchanan of felony kidnapping with intent to commit a sex crime, assault with intent to commit a sex crime, and failure to register as a sex offender.

On May 2, 2017, Jane Doe celebrated a friend's birthday at a bar in Berkeley. At approximately 2:30 am she took a short Uber ride to her home, but realized she couldn't find her keys and was locked out of her apartment. She sat out front of her residence and attempted to call her father for help. Defendant Buchanan pulled up in his red Chevy Astro mini van and offered to assist her. The victim, intoxicated and mistakenly believing the defendant was the Uber vehicle, she agreed to get in and defendant drove off just before 3 am.

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