'Did You Know...?' Newsletter
Issue 4, 2017
Welcome to the fourth edition of our 'Did You Know...?' newsletter for 2017. 

Inside this issue:
  • DA's Office welcomes Summer Law Clerks
  • June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month
  • DA O'Malley and HEAT Watch team participates in the Red Sand Project
  • First degree murder conviction
  • Spotlight on DA's legislative efforts
  • Felony verdicts
DA's Office Welcomes Summer Law Clerks

On Tuesday, 30 May, 2017, the DA's Office welcomed the 2017 class of Summer Law Clerks to the Rene C. Davidson courthouse. The second year law students from schools around the Bay Area will be doing a ten week rotation as part of our Summer Law Clerk program. 

The program provides our clerks with the opportunity to experience the varied and complex work of our prosecutors do first hand. They also receive training and mentorship from our most experienced trial attorneys. Under attorney supervision, our clerks conduct many different types of evidentiary hearings, including misdemeanor jury trials. 

Are you a First Year Law Student interested in our 2018 Program? 

Interested students from other law schools not covered by our interview series should submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript directly to our Director of Recruitment and Development no later than July 1, 2017, for the 2018 Summer Law Clerk Program. For those attending law school in the Bay Area, we will start interviewing at law schools in early fall semester. For more information about the program, please visit the Recruitment and Development page of our website. 

DA O'Malley and our HEAT team participate in Red Sand Project

Recently, DA Nancy O'Malley participated in the Red Sand Project panel in Oakland. DA O'Malley joined Amantia Mehudini of Humanity United and Jazmyn Brown of Dream Catchers Youth Service. Brian O'Connor of Futures Without Violence moderated. They discussed some of the vulnerabilities that tie into the issue of violence against children, including the foster care system, children's rights, abuse, and race. To watch the full panel discussion, check out the Facebook Live video.  

After the panel, our HEAT Watch team and the audience walked around Lake Merritt, filling cracks in the sidewalk with red sand to raise awareness of human trafficking in our community. The Red Sand Project is a participatory artwork, originally created by artist Molly Gochman. To find out more about upcoming anti-trafficking events, please visit our HEAT Watch events page

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

This month is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. During the month of June, the dedicated members of our Elder Abuse Unit as well as our Victim-Witness Assistance Division are going to be attending city council meetings throughout the county in order to raise awareness of this issue. 

Many elderly victims are unable to access services or assert their rights. If you see something suspicious, or an elder who appears neglected or abused, please contact Alameda Adult Protective Services (APS) immediately at 1-866-225-5277.

To find out when representatives from our office will be attending your local council meeting to share information about how we can help, please visit our website. The representatives are there to answer your questions and provide further information about how the DA's Office can help.

Spotlight on DA's Legislative Efforts

As part of the commitment of the DA's Office to ensuring public safety in our county and beyond, we actively participate in the legislative process in California. Under the leadership of District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, our office frequently assists in writing and proposing legislation to sponsors, as well as testifying in support of bills. The DA’s Office works closely with lawmakers to support legislation that fits with our mission to champion the rights of victims and to keep our communities safe.

We have updated our website to highlight the work we are doing in Sacramento that directly impacts public safety in California. If you are interested in learning about the bills we have authored or co-authored in the 2017/18 legislative session, you can find them on the Legislation page of our website. 
First Degree Murder Conviction

On May 11, 2017, a jury found Defendant Andre Poole guilty of the first degree murder of 23-year-old Mr Derrick Williams. The jury found true the special circumstance that the murder occurred while the defendant was in the commission of a robbery and also found Defendant Poole guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On January 1, 2015, Defendant Poole arrived at a gas station on Bancroft Avenue in East Oakland with three other men. Mr Williams approached Defendant Poole and two of the other men and asked them if they were interested in purchasing Xanax pills. Defendant Poole agreed and told Mr Williams that he wanted approximately twenty pills. Defendant Poole and the men returned to the van they arrived in, and motioned for the Mr Williams to come over to the van. Read more about the case... 

Defendant Andre Poole is scheduled to be sentenced on August 4, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Peter McGuiness, with assistance from DA Inspector Tom Milner and Victim-Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

Felony Verdicts

People v Mykolay Jimmy McGowan

On May 4, 2017, a jury found Defendant  Mykolay Jimmy McGowan guilty of two counts of attempted murder with the use of a firearm and great bodily injury, one count of attempted murder with great bodily injury, assault with semi-automatic firearm, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.  Read more about this case...

Defendant Mykolay Jimmy McGowan is scheduled to be sentenced on June 23, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Matt Gaidos, with assistance from DA Inspector Jim Rullamas and Victim Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

People v Shawn Kimani Martin

On April 11, 2017, a jury found Defendant Shawn Kimani Martin guilty as charged of second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and shooting at an occupied motor vehicle. Read more about the case...

Defendant Shawn Kimani Martin is scheduled to be sentenced on June 9, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Butch Ford with assistance from DA Inspector Cesar Basa and Victim-Witness Advocate Marina Hammergren.

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