October 2017

People v Sharonee Hyson Oct 27, 2017

On October 4, 2017, a jury found defendant Sharonee Hyson guilty of first degree burglary, felony possession of a stolen vehicle, and two counts of unlawful possession of personal information.

On April 2, 2017, Piedmont Police were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the city. Officers responded and attempted to pull over Defendant Hyson, however she sped off through the neighborhood and officers elected not to pursue. However, Defendant Hyson drove into a cul-de-sac and decided to then flee on foot through residents' yards.

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DA O’Malley Unveils Awareness Campaign to Prevent the Sex Trafficking of Children Oct 26, 2017

Oakland, CA – The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has launched its newest campaign aimed at combatting the sex trafficking of children and teens. Sixty public service ads have been placed on AC Transit buses and Clear Channel bus shelters throughout Alameda County as part of an education effort called ‘Disrupt Sex Trafficking’.

The campaign focuses on the methods by which youth are recruited by traffickers and practical steps that can interrupt sexual exploitation of children. Ads reading “Sex Traffickers Love Technology, Too” highlight how exploiters befriend their victims on social media. Another poster, “Girlfriend for Sale,” focuses on how traffickers lure victims into false relationships and then coerce them into the illicit sex trade.

“The terrifying reality is that any child or teen with a device can meet a sex trafficker, even in the safety of their own home. Teens now have hundreds or even thousands of online contacts, and predators use this tool to befriend, lure, and gain the trust of young victims,” District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley points out.

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DA O’Malley Announces Public Awareness Campaign Promoting Gun Safety Oct 25, 2017

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announces the first phase of a public awareness campaign focused on gun violence and the safe storage of firearms. When guns are not securely stored, accessibility to firearms too often leads to unintended tragedy as well as violent crime. In partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor, billboards and bus shelters with the message “Save a Life! Lock Up Your Guns” present a stark, graphic reminder of the legal responsibility of every gun owner to keep his or her gun secured and out of reach of children.

“The message is strong and clear and it will save lives,” says DA O’Malley.

“If there are children living in or visiting your home, your gun must be secured and locked in a place that no child can access. This is the law in our state. When gun owners follow this law, lives are saved and tragedies are prevented.”

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Governor Brown Signs DNA Bill into Law Oct 13, 2017

On October 12, 2107, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assemblymember David Chiu and sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley that requires law enforcement agencies to annually report data on the collection and testing of sexual assault evidence kits to the California Department of Justice. This new law, AB 41, provides greater transparency for survivors and policy makers.

“The neglect of sexual assault kits with no explanation of why they were not analyzed simply adds to the trauma endured by survivors seeking justice,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

“With a few extra keystrokes to log into SAFE-T, law enforcement has the ability to improve prosecution and provide victims of sexual assault who reported a crime with information about their case that they deserve to know.”

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Bill to Reform the Sex Offender Registry Signed by Governor Brown Oct 6, 2017

Senate Bill 384, the bill to reform the sex offender registry, authored by Senator Scott Wiener and co-sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has just been signed by Governor Jerry Brown. This bill amends the current law that requires all sex offenders to register for life and replaces it with a tiered system of registry. A diverse coalition came together to support this bill, including law enforcement but also Equality California, ACLU, and CALCASA.

“SB 384 fixes an antiquated, ineffective, 70-year old system and provides the essential safeguards for public safety,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

“This bill proposes a balanced and measured reform of this system, allowing prosecutors and law enforcement to focus their resources on tracking sex offenders who pose a real risk to public safety. I thank the Governor for signing this important piece of legislation, and am grateful to Senator Wiener and all of those who worked so hard to bring about these vital changes in the law," said DA O'Malley.

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DA O’Malley and Prosecutors Oppose Legislation that would Remove Regulation on Gun Silencers Oct 4, 2017

Current Version of SHARE Act Would Eliminate Safeguards Barring Violent Offenders from Obtaining Silencers

OAKLAND, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, and 26 additional members of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) today announced their strong opposition to provisions in the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (“SHARE”) Act which would remove existing gun silencer safety regulations from federal law.

“As prosecutors, we are sworn to uphold public safety in our communities. The SHARE Act would threaten that safety by removing gun silencers from regulation under the National Firearms Act, which for decades has prevented felons, domestic abusers, and other people with dangerous histories from obtaining silencers,” states a letter written today to congressional leaders from the PAGV regarding the legislation.

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