'DID YOU KNOW...?' NEWSLETTER
Issue 1, 2018
Welcome to the first edition of our 'Did You Know...?' newsletter for 2018.

Inside:
  • DA receives anti-trafficking award
  • Scam alert
  • DA partners with legislator to help environment and victims of DV
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Month
  • DA files murder charges in fatal DUI
  • Man sentenced for rape
DA Nancy O'Malley Receives Anti-Trafficking Award
On January 11, 2018, Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley received the Modern-Day Abolitionist Award for Leadership from the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT). She was presented with the award by SFCAHT Coordinator Antonia Levine and SFCAHT Program Director Benita Hopkins at an awards ceremony at San Francisco City Hall.

“I wish to thank the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking for this tremendous honor. The organization does a phenomenal job uniting people from all over the Bay Area to fight human trafficking in our communities, and it was so heartening today to see so many people in the room who are all focused on this issue,” DA Nancy O’Malley said. Read more about the event...

DA O'Malley also received commendations from United States Senator Dianne Feinstein and Acting San Francisco Mayor London Breed at the event for her commitment to combating human trafficking.
DA's Office Partners with Assemblymember Quirk to help Environment & Victims of DV
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office, under the leadership of District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, has partnered with Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) to introduce two important bills into the legislature:

AB 1973: clarifies that emergency medical service workers are mandated reporters.
AB 1980: extends the statute of limitations for the prosecution of violations of the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act.

"AB 1973 makes clear that emergency medical service workers are mandated reporters for domestic violence. This clarification will enable and empower these first responders make a report, a proactive step vital to preventing further abuse and escalating violence. I believe this bill will save lives," said DA O'Malley. Read more about the bills...
Scam Alert
The Alameda County DA’s Office is urging local residents to be aware of a computer-based scam in which consumers are contacted by people posing as technicians from established computer or software companies. 
 
The scammers, who pretend to work on behalf of well-known companies such as Microsoft or Apple, either send pop-up messages or directly contact consumers claiming that the consumer has malware or a virus on his or her computer that requires immediate attention. When the consumer provides the scammer with a password or gives remote access to his or her computer, the scammers will either “diagnose” a fictional problem or create an actual one. They will then demand large amounts of money – usually via wire transfer or other direct cash payment -- to “correct” it. Consumers have reported that some scammers contact them numerous times claiming that their software requires further updates.  Read more...
 
“These types of scams are wide-spread, and we urge those who have fallen victim to scams such as this to reach out to our Consumer, Environmental and Worker Protection Division” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley.
 
If you feel you have been a victim of a scam such as this, please contact the Alameda County District Attorney’s CEWPD unit at (510) 383-8600 or askcepd@acgov.org.
DA Files Murder Charges in Fatal DUI
On January 2, 2018, Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley filed murder charges against defendant Mohammed Abraar Ali in relation to the Christmas Eve car accident that claimed the life of on-duty CHP Officer Andrew Camilleri and injured his partner, Officer Jonathan Velazquez. 

“My office filed a criminal complaint against Mohammed Abraar Ali alleging a violation of penal code section 187, murder, with a special allegation of great bodily injury. The complaint also alleged additional felony charges with special allegations including driving under the influence, driving and causing injury with a blood alcohol content over 0.08%, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol causing injury, and an infraction for speeding greater than 100 miles per hour," said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley.

“We extend our very deep sympathies to the family of Officer Camilleri, to his friends, and his CHP family. We also hope for a speedy and full recovery of Officer Velazquez.

"As with all victims of crime, and those who have lost a family member because of crime, the Victim-Witness Division of my office will provide services to the family of Officer Camilleri as well as Officer Vasquez, and we will provide support, resources, and assistance as they need, and as we can." Read more...

Defendant Mohammed Ali is scheduled to next appear in court on February 8, 2018.
Human Trafficking Awareness Month
January was National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Alameda County. DA Nancy O'Malley received the proclamation from Wilma Chan, President of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, recognizing the anti-trafficking work done by HEAT Watch and our community partners to help combat human trafficking in the Bay Area and beyond.

As part of our community outreach to raise awareness in the community about human trafficking, DDA Sabrina Farrell from our HEAT Unit spoke to 7th and 8th Graders from St Leo's the Great School in Oakland. The students did further research into the issue and designed posters to help communicate the issue to their peers. 

DA O'Malley invited students from St Leo's the Great to the ceremony, where they saw their framed outreach posters displayed in the foyer outside the Board of Supervisors Chambers. Following the ceremony, DA O'Malley presented certificates to the students for their effort and commitment to raising awareness of human trafficking in their community. 
Man Sentenced for Rape
Recently, a jury found Defendant James Evans Lightner guilty of three counts of forcible rape and two counts of forcible oral copulation. Read the case summary...
 
On January 9, 2018, Defendant James Evans Lightner was sentenced to 36 years in state prison and will be a registered sex offender for life. 

The case was prosecuted by Snr DDA Angela Backers with assistance from DA Inspector James Rullamas and Victim-Witness Advocate Jenifer Mello.
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QUICK LINKS
Alameda County Courts Case Portal: For information pertaining to specific cases.

Criminal Docket Finder: Find out when the next court date is for a particular case. 

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Alameda County DA's Office website: View up-to-date news and information about the office at our website.

Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) website: The ACFJC is a 1-stop location that provides victims of crime with legal, health, and support services, and the opportunity for physical and psychological safety, recovery and well-being.

HEAT Watch: HEAT Watch is the anti-human trafficking program run by the DA's Office. It coordinates the response to help fight trafficking in the Bay Area and beyond. 

DA Speakers Bureau: We provide speakers for your next school or community meeting who come to you with decades of expertise about the law, the criminal justice system and how we at the DA's Office can help you if you have been the victim of a crime. 

Point of View: The well-known legal educational tool written and published by the DA's Office.