'Did You Know...?' Newsletter
Issue 3, 2017
Welcome to the third edition of our 'Did You Know...?' newsletter for 2017.
It's been a busy month at the DA's office and we are proud to share with you some of the highlights. 

Inside this issue:
  • Prosecutors help East Oakland kids prepare for State Debate
  • DA's Office participates in Barbershop discussion series
  • One Goh guilty of Oikos University shooting
  • DA Nancy O'Malley receives Award
  • Take Your Kids to Work Day at the DA's Office
  • DA Inspector receives service award
  • Felony verdict
Prosecutors Help East Oakland Students with State Debate Prep

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, a group of young DDAs spent the afternoon locked in a riveting series of debates with students from Frick Impact Academy, a Middle School in East Oakland. The students are part of the 8th Grade Debate Team who have made it all the way to the state championships. 

The team has never made it to the State Championships before, and are the only predominantly African-American team competing, so this opportunity to debate seasoned professionals was well received. The topic debated was 'Gun Control and the Second Amendment'. The young debaters gave the DDAs a run for their money!

"We are proud to share our knowledge and expertise with these bright students from Frick Impact Academy,” said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

“They have worked incredibly hard to get to the State Championships and we enjoyed sharing some good tips from the courtroom to help the young debaters prepare for the tournament."

Many thanks go to Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns, Interim President of Merritt College, as well as Elaine Wallace and her staff for helping us host the event at Merritt College.

We wish the debaters from Frick Impact Academy and their mentor, Tyrae Bell, all the very best for the championships on May 6 and 7 in Los Angeles.

DA's Office Participates in Barbershop Discussions
 

Since late last year, the DA's Office has participated in the series of four Barbershop discussions to aid open dialogue between the community and law enforcement. Watch the most recent KTVU segment here.

Held in Oakland and San Leandro, these events have provided opportunities for people to come together and a talk about the issues that are affecting the community and discuss ways in which we can work together to solve them. 

We believe in the importance of events such as these, and we hope more community members can join us at future forums. Upcoming Barbershops will be announced on our Facebook page and the Events page on our website. Many thanks to Paul Chambers at KTVU for his ongoing interest and assistance in facilitating these discussions.

One Goh Guilty in Oikos University Shooting

On May 2, 2017, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced that One Goh, the defendant in the 2012 Oikos University mass shooting, entered a plea of no contest and was found guilty as charged of seven counts of murder with special circumstances and three counts of attempted premeditated murder. He also admitted as true all alleged enhancements.

Defendant Goh will be sentenced to seven consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 271 years to life in prison. Read more about the case...

Through our Victim-Witness Assistance Division, as well as the attorneys handling the case and DA O’Malley, the District Attorney's Office has provided every possible service to the surviving victims and the families of those victims who were senselessly murdered to help them navigate this unimaginable tragedy and the legal process that followed. Before the hearing, the DA's Office met with and spoke at length with the family members of each homicide victim, as well as with each surviving victim, to discuss and explain the plea process as well as the agreed-upon sentence. The Office also communicated extensively with the law enforcement officers tasked with responding to and investigating the case.

The enormity and devastation of this mass shooting remains unprecedented in Alameda County,” said DA O’Malley. “With the conclusion of this case, we know that One Goh will never again be in the position to harm any member of our community.”

The case was handled by DDA Stacie Pettigrew, with assistance from DDA LD Louis, DA Inspectors Andre Rachal and Jim Rullamas, and Victim-Witness Advocates Maria Suniga and Stephanie Lynch.

DA O'Malley Receives Alemany Award

On April 29, 2017, DA Nancy O'Malley received the Alemany Award from the Dominican School of Philisophy and Theology. 

At the School's Gala at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, DA O'Malley received the award for her commitment to serving the public for over 35 years, as well as for her efforts as a strong advocate of victims' rights.

The Alemany Award was named after the first Archbishop of San Francisco, Joseph Sadoc Alemany. He was a Spanish Dominican missionary whose life and work had a tremendous impact on the Church and society.

Take Your Kids to Work Day

On April 27, 2017, the DA's Office participated in the county's Take Your Kids to Work Day. 

This year, we had 29 children participate in the program. Their day started with juice and doughnuts in our law library where the kids were welcomed by DA O'Malley. The children were given a tour of the DA's Office and other county facilities, and they also participated in various events.

The children met a working Oakland Police Department K-9 and asked the handler many great questions. The Registrar of Voters also showed the kids the importance of voting by using subjects that were relevant to them, such as voting for their favourite singers. They wrapped up the day with a live mock trial put on by the young DDAs, and returned to the library to receive certificates from DA O'Malley and pose for some photos. 

Aiden, 11, said "The trial was the best. I liked that we got to be on the jury."

"My favorite part was the voting, and I was really happy when Justin Bieber only got one vote," said Finley, 8.

DA Inspector Honored with Service Award

At the Red, Gold and Blue Banquet on April 2, DA Inspector Captain Jim Taranto was honored for his service to the community by the Knights of Columbus, a local law enforcement fraternity.

Captain Taranto served 29 years with Alameda PD before joining the ranks of inspectors at the DA's Office. Throughout his entire careerm has demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and leadership throughout his career. Well done, Captain Taranto! 

Felony Verdict

People v Carl Thompson 

On April 11, 2017, a jury found Defendant Carl Thompson guilty of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, and the enhancement that he personally inflicted great bodily injury. Read more about the case...

Defendant Carl Thompson is scheduled to be sentenced on May 9, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Nick Homer with assistance from DA Inspectors Erik Karsseboom and Tom Simonetti, as well as Victim-Witness Advocate Jenifer Mello.


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