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Learn about public safety issues, interesting and notable cases, and how our office is working both in the courtroom and in the community to provide the highest level of public safety through prosecution, prevention and innovation.

    Hate Crimes Against The Asian American Pacific Islander Community - Justice Journal Episode 44

    Hate Crimes Against The Asian American Pacific Islander Community - Justice Journal Episode 44

    Description: Discussion on the rise of hate crimes/hate incidents against the Asian American Pacific Islander community, the impact on victims and the community at large, and what is being done to address this type of hate in the Sacramento community.  Guests are California Assemblyman Jim Cooper, Executive Director of Asian Resources Inc. and Councilwoman Stephanie Nguyen and Assistant Chief Deputy DA Thienvu Ho.
    Show Notes:  DA Anne Marie Schubert introduces the podcast and the importance of the topic. Guests introduce themselves by providing personal/professional background information and their current roles.
    Assistant Chief Thien Ho explains what a hate crime is and is not under the penal code, and the difference between a hate crime and hate incident. He goes on to talk about the Hate Crimes Unit and what types of hate crimes are filed as a felony or misdemeanor. He then explains the hate crimes case numbers have not increased in Sacramento, but that is most certainly due to significant under-reporting.
    Assemblyman Jim Cooper and Executive Director/Councilwoman Stephanie Nguyen talk about the reported numbers not being accurate and the problem of under-reporting in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community - especially among the immigrant/refugee population.  They go on to share what they are hearing from the AAPI community.  They are very fearful.  They are afraid to leave their houses to go shopping or be out too late.  They talk about how it’s impacting the larger community, including AAPI owned businesses. 
    The group shares their experience with the non-AAPI community showing support and standing with the AAPI community – offering hope that something good will come out of the hate and better things are to come out of this dark time. 
    The group agrees part of the solution to ending hate crimes is to have stronger consequences for committing these crimes.  Assemblyman Cooper talks about a bill (AB 266) he is putting forth which will strengthen and increase penalties for some hate crimes.
    Executive Director/Councilwoman Stephanie Nguyen talks about how Asian Resources is working to protect and assist members of the AAPI community and what assistance they can provide.
    The discussion ends with what needs to be done to end hate crimes.  They agree that hate crimes must first be reported and aggressively prosecuted with significant consequences to deter others from committing hate crimes.  There also needs to be more community outreach and education on the issue to let people know how to report suspected hate crimes, the importance of reporting as well as services and resources available to them.
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    • 40 min
    Sacramento County’s Criminal Justice System Successfully Continues Jury Trials During COVID-19 - Justice Journal Episode 43

    Sacramento County’s Criminal Justice System Successfully Continues Jury Trials During COVID-19 - Justice Journal Episode 43

    Description: Discussion on the success the local criminal justice system has had in holding jury trials in the age of the pandemic.  Guests are Sacramento Superior Court Presiding Judge Russell Hom, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, Chief Assistant Public Defender Amanda Benson. 
    Show Notes:  A brief timeline/explanation of the COVID-19 Emergency Court Orders was provided. 
    March 19, 2020 – Sacramento County Issues Public Health Order
    March 20, 2020 – Sacramento Superior Court orders temporary court closures
    March 23, 2020 – Sacramento California Supreme Court Justice Cantil-Sakauye issues a statewide court order suspending all jury trials for 60 days
    May 26, 2020 - Sacramento Superior Court resumed two criminal jury trials that were suspended due to court closure
    June 15, 2020 - Sacramento Superior Court resumes jury trials
    Guests share what their organizations were doing behind the scenes - both individually and working together – to prepare to operate under the first Court Order on March 20, 2020 and second Court Order on March 23, 2020.  This includes what to do about bail, in-custody defendants time rights, filing news cases, collaboration involved in developing process, etc.
    They then discuss the current state of court operations and how they are successfully resuming jury trials while following COVID-19 safety precautions at the courthouse.  The group shares how their offices worked individually and together to plan and implement necessary changes. 
    They address some of the challenges of holding jury trials during COVID-19, and some positive aspects that came about with this new way of operating.  
    They reflect on why they think Sacramento County has been able to conduct so many trials under these unprecedented circumstances as well as some ideas of how to improve the COVID-19 justice system even further.
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    • 55 min
    Jury Trials During COVID-19 - Justice Journal Episode 42

    Jury Trials During COVID-19 - Justice Journal Episode 42

    Description:  Discussion on the changes to the jury trial process during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We discuss the impact on the entire process from confirming and conducting the trial to sentencing.  Guests are Principal Deputy District Attorney Nancy Cochrane, Deputy District Attorney Kristen Andersen, and Deputy District Attorney Ryan Roebuck.
    Show notes:  T
    This episode is part of a series highlighting jury trials that have been successfully conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Nancy, Kristen, and Ryan introduce themselves and explain their respective units and roles in the office.  They also discuss the types of cases they are assigned to prosecute.
    Then each attorney discusses the changes to the jury trial process by discussing trials they successfully conducted which involved child abuse, at a Sacramento County, and a residential burglary. 
    Nancy explains the pretrial process, and how presenting victim testimony was very different during this time.  Kristen describes how different the jury selection process is under COVID.  Ryan discusses case presentation and how they safely handle evidence and trial exhibits.
    The discussion closes with silver linings, including how jurors and victims stepped up during this time to make sure the administration of justice could continue.  The DA’s also touted measures the Court took to keep everyone safe.
    Resources:
    Press release: https://www.sacda.org/2020/08/04/defendant-convicted-of-sexually-assaulting-multiple-children-2/
    Press release: https://www.sacda.org/2020/08/26/defendant-sentenced-for-shooting-sheriffs-deputy/
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    • 49 min
    Real Estate Fraud: Successful Jury Trial During COVID-19 And Fraud Awareness - Justice Journal Episode 41

    Real Estate Fraud: Successful Jury Trial During COVID-19 And Fraud Awareness - Justice Journal Episode 41

    Description: Discussion on a real estate fraud case that went to jury trial in the age of the pandemic, the impact the case had on the victims and tips to avoid becoming a real estate fraud victim.  Guests are DA Deputy District Attorney Sam Nong, DA Investigator Jason Halstead and fraud victims Carolyn, Maria and Eman.
     Show Notes:  This episode is part of a series highlighting successful jury trials held in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as an effort to raise awareness about fraud during International Fraud Awareness Week.
    Sam and Jason introduce themselves and explain their roles within the Real Estate Fraud Unit.  They also provide background on what kinds of cases they investigate and prosecute as well as how these cases are reported.
    Sam and Jason talk through the case of People vs. Shaun Smith and Peter Halo by providing the facts in the case, including the crimes committed and the victims they targeted. 
    Some of the victims in this case, Carolyn, Maria and Eman, then introduce themselves and share what happened to them, how they were victimized by the defendants and the impact it had on them and their families.
    Sam and Jason talk through the prosecution of this case – from the initial investigation and filing of charges, to jury trial and sentencing.  They also discussed holding the jury trial during COVID-19 and how things were done differently to keep everyone safe through the court process.   They brought up some challenges and inspirational aspects that came about from the experience. 
    Carolyn, Maria and Eman shared how their thoughts and feelings when the defendants were convicted and sentenced as well as having the jury trial under unprecedented circumstances.
    The group offers tips and alerts to help others avoid becoming victims to similar fraud scams.
    The discussion closes with silver linings, including how the victims developed friendships with each other and the prosecution team.  
    For updates on when programs will start again after COVID-19, visit the Invictus Youth Foundation website or Facebook page.  There will also be information on upcoming fundraising events, including a potential golf tournament in October, a banquet and possible concert fundraisers.
    Resources:
    Press release: People vs. Shaun Smith and Peter Halo
    For more information on Real Estate Fraud and to report suspected fraud, visit:  https://www.sacda.org/in-the-courtroom/real-estate-fraud/
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Animal Cruelty Unit & Task Force: Community Organization And Advocate Involvement (pt. 2) Episode 40

    Animal Cruelty Unit & Task Force: Community Organization And Advocate Involvement (pt. 2) Episode 40

    Description: Discussion on the Animal Cruelty Unit & Regional Task Force and the involvement of the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) and a leading local veterinarian, examples of animal cruelty cases and the importance of educating the community on animal cruelty and how the public can help reduce and prevent animal cruelty.  Guests are Principal Criminal Attorney Hilary Bagley- Franzoia, Sacramento SPCA CEO Kenn Altine and Dr. Cheryl Scott from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
    Show Notes:  The group introduces themselves, their backgrounds and their personal passion and commitment to protecting animals.
    Guests talk about how they all work together on the Animal Cruelty Regional Task Force and the changes it has made to the investigation and prosecution of cases.  This includes the SPCA’s role in caring for the abused animals in criminal cases and offering rewards to help lead to arrests.
    Dr. Scott shares what types of cruelty, or suspected cruelty, she has seen come through the veterinary clinic and how she dealt with suspected cruelty as a mandated reporter.  She discusses ongoing types of animal cruelty and neglect and recent trends in trauma inflicted and the condition of animals.
    The group also discusses existing laws for animal cruelty cases, examples of animal cruelty cases and consequences for the offenders and the unique challenges with animal cruelty cases.  They also provide insight into what they feel is key to preventing animal cruelty and neglect, including educating children and the general public about how to properly treat and care for animals and what do if they suspect or witness animal cruelty and how to report it. 
    Guests also stress the proven and prevalent link between animal cruelty and violence against people with statistics and examples of cases – many involving domestic violence. 
    They close with the importance of continuing the accomplishments and progress made by the Animal Cruelty Unit and Task Force.  
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    • 34 min
    Animal Cruelty Unit & Task Force: Community Organization And Advocate Involvement (pt. 1) Episode 39

    Animal Cruelty Unit & Task Force: Community Organization And Advocate Involvement (pt. 1) Episode 39

    Description: Discussion on the Animal Cruelty Unit & Regional Task Force and the involvement of the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) and a leading local veterinarian, examples of animal cruelty cases and the importance of educating the community on animal cruelty and how the public can help reduce and prevent animal cruelty.  Guests are Principal Criminal Attorney Hilary Bagley- Franzoia, Sacramento SPCA CEO Kenn Altine and Dr. Cheryl Scott from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
    Show Notes:  The group introduces themselves, their backgrounds and their personal passion and commitment to protecting animals.
    Guests talk about how they all work together on the Animal Cruelty Regional Task Force and the changes it has made to the investigation and prosecution of cases.  This includes the SPCA’s role in caring for the abused animals in criminal cases and offering rewards to help lead to arrests.
    Dr. Scott shares what types of cruelty, or suspected cruelty, she has seen come through the veterinary clinic and how she dealt with suspected cruelty as a mandated reporter.  She discusses ongoing types of animal cruelty and neglect and recent trends in trauma inflicted and the condition of animals.
    The group also discusses existing laws for animal cruelty cases, examples of animal cruelty cases and consequences for the offenders and the unique challenges with animal cruelty cases.  They also provide insight into what they feel is key to preventing animal cruelty and neglect, including educating children and the general public about how to properly treat and care for animals and what do if they suspect or witness animal cruelty and how to report it. 
    Guests also stress the proven and prevalent link between animal cruelty and violence against people with statistics and examples of cases – many involving domestic violence. 
    They close with the importance of continuing the accomplishments and progress made by the Animal Cruelty Unit and Task Force.   
    Follow us @SacCountyDA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and find us on YouTube.
     

    • 31 min

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