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									      Office of the San Diego County
      District Attorney

Annual Report
Mission stateMent

The Employees of the
San Diego County
District Attorney, in
partnership with the
Community we serve, are
dedicated to the pursuit
of truth, justice and
protection of the innocent,
and the prevention
of crime through the
vigorous and professional
prosecution of those who
violate the law.
       TAble of ConTenTs

District Attorney’s Message            2   Divisions
Staffing, Organization & Overview      4   Appellate and Training                               14
   Conviction Rates                    4   Case Issuance and Extraditions                       16
Administrative Organizational Chart    6   Cold Case Homicide                                   18
Fiscal Revenues & Expenditures         7   Communications / Community Relations                 20
Branch Offices                         8   Economic Crimes                                      22
Bureau of Investigation               12   Family Protection                                    24
                                           Gangs                                                26
                                           Information Technology                               28
                                           Insurance Fraud                                      30
                                           Juvenile                                             34
                                           Narcotics                                            36
                                           Pretrial and Case Disposition                        38
                                           Restitution Enforcement / Victim Services            40
                                           Sex Crimes / Stalking                                42
                                           Superior Court                                       44
                                           Special Operations                                   46

                                                                 San Diego County District Attorney   
            DisTRiCT ATToRney’s

                                                                                            “With public safety as
                                                                                            our top priority, we also
                                                                                            focused on crime prevention,
                                                                                            reducing recidivism, helping
                                                                                            victims and keeping the
                                                                                            office transparent and
                                                                                            accessible to the people of
                                                                                            San Diego County.”

            W       e accomplished many goals in the Office of
                    the San Diego County District Attorney in
            2006, completing the first four-year term in office
                                                                  On the public safety front, we were successful
                                                                  in helping to convince voters to pass California’s
                                                                  Proposition 83, known as Jessica’s Law. This new law
            and embarking on a second term.                       tightens restrictions on child molesters and sexually
                                                                  violent predators and makes California one of the
            With public safety as our top priority, we focused    toughest states in the nation in dealing with these
            on crime prevention, reducing recidivism, helping     offenders.
            victims and keeping the office transparent and
            accessible to the people of San Diego County.         We embarked on a mission to create a Family Justice
                                                                  Center for the people of East County, modeled after

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      the hugely successful and nationally-recognized FJC in
      San Diego. This is where victims of domestic violence
      can go for all the services they need in one location.
                                                                This new and improved service allows San Diego area

      The San Diego Victims Emergency Relief Fund was           residents to get information about crime near their

      established in April 2006 to provide immediate            homes, schools or when looking to move to another

      emergency help to victims of violent crime                neighborhood. It also provides law enforcement

      throughout the County, with the help of private           with a regional approach to fighting crime.

      donations. When violent crime strikes, it often robs
      victims of more than health and safety. It takes away     There are many more innovative programs and

      their dignity and often leaves them helpless and          initiatives that we accomplished in 2006 and they

      hopeless. We want to give more victims hope and           are explained in more detail in the pages to follow.

      this fund goes a long way in achieving that goal.         As you will see, we take our Mission Statement
                                                                very seriously at the Office of the San Diego County

...more innovative programs and                                 District Attorney and we live by our values every day.
                                                                We continue to work with our community and all of
initiatives that we accomplished                                law enforcement to make San Diego safer.

in 2006...
      Our office, local law enforcement officials and child
      welfare and health professionals signed an updated
                                                                Bonnie M. Dumanis
      and improved version of the San Diego County
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      Child Victim-Witness Protocol in 2006. The 12-page
      document is designed to assist and protect children
      who have been the victims of a crime or witnesses
      who have been exposed to any kind of child abuse.
      This is the best way we have found to protect the
      children of San Diego County. Our goal is to get to the
      truth in child abuse cases.

      We teamed up with the San Diego Association of
      Governments (SANDAG), the Automated Regional
      Justice Information System (ARJIS), and our law
      enforcement partners in the official launching of
      the San Diego County Regional Crime Mapping
      Application for Public Safety (MAPS) project. The
      Internet-based mapping system allows the user to
      get crime information throughout San Diego County
      by region, neighborhood, date and time.

                                                                                                San Diego County District Attorney   
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                                              AnD oVeRVieW

    ConViCtion Rates

    The San Diego County District
    Attorney’s Office maintained a 94
    percent conviction rate in 2006, one
    of the highest among all counties in
    California. This figure is determined
    by tallying the total number of
    felony cases that resulted in a guilty
    verdict or guilty plea out of the total
    number of felony cases filed and
    resolved countywide.

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      T    he San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
           is staffed with nearly 1,000 employees serving
      six offices countywide—more than three million
      residents. The DA’s jurisdiction is one of the largest in
      the U.S., comprising more than 4,000 square miles.
      A dedicated group of employees maintained a 94
      percent felony conviction rate during 2006—one of
      the highest of all of California’s 58 counties.
                                                                                     Assistant District Attorney
      In addition to the office’s full-time employees, the                           Jesse Rodriguez

      DA also hires Temporary Expert Professionals, retired
      employees who work on specialized assignments,
      student workers, volunteers, and Americorps workers.        submit to drug screening. DA Dumanis’ return to
                                                                  Drug Court in 2006 refocused public attention to this

…the DA’s jurisdiction is one of                                  valuable program and re-energized it.

the largest in the U.S….                                          The District Attorney’s Office commitment to
                                                                  prosecuting misconduct by public officials was
      Assistant District Attorney Jesse Rodriguez is              bolstered through a new partnership in 2006. One
      responsible for overseeing all administrative issues        of the DA’s seasoned prosecutors was temporarily
      for the office. Several significant staffing changes on     assigned to assist the California Fair Political
      the DA’s Executive team occurred during 2006.               Practices Commission in Sacramento.

      Chief of Administrative Services, Vaughn Jeffrey,           The FPPC received help with its heavy enforcement
      retired and was replaced by Michelle Bush. Bureau           workload, while the Deputy District Attorney
      of Investigation Chief Michael Connelly also retired        returned to San Diego with further expertise in
      and was replaced by Paula Robinson. Gail Stewart            complex Political Reform Act cases.
      was named Special Assistant to the District Attorney,
      and Paul Levikow was promoted to Director of                These are just two examples of how commitment,
      Communication/Community Relations.                          diligence, and expertise among employees at the
                                                                  District Attorney’s Office continue to effectively serve
      There were new Division Chiefs named in Case                the citizens of San Diego County.
      Issuance/Extraditions, Insurance Fraud, and
      Family Protection.

      It was also a year when the flexibility of the DA’s
      staff helped provide statewide leadership. District
      Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis lead by example,
      personally serving as the prosecutor in the North
                                                                        2006 Staffing
      County Drug Court. DA Dumanis started San Diego’s
                                                                        Attorneys                     306
      Drug Court in 1997 as a Municipal Court Judge.                    DA Investigators               113
                                                                        Paralegals & Supervisors       113
      The program puts non-violent drug offenders in                    Victim Advocates & Supervisors 16
      treatment, trying to get them sober and making                    Support Staff                 366
      them productive members of society. This is done                  Unclassified Employees         28
      through a phased, year-long commitment to the
                                                                        Total Permanent Personnel                  942
      Court, in which defendants appear each week and

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                                        San Diego County District Attorney 2006 Organizational Chart

                                          DISTRICT ATTORNEY
                                                                                                                 Director of Communications/
                                                                                                                     Community Relations                                   Public Affairs Officer
                                        BONNIE M. DUMANIS                                                                                                                      PAUL LEVIKOW
                                                                                                                         GAIL STEWART

                                                                                                                 Chief, Administrative Services
                                                                                                                       VAUGHN JEFFERY                                      Public Affairs Officer
                                                                                                                           (IT, Finance)                                      JESSE NAVARRO

                                         ASSISTANT DISTRICT                                                       Chief, Employee Relations                                Public Affairs Officer
                                             ATTORNEY                                                                  CHERYL RUFFIER                                      JEFFERY ANDERSON

                                         JESSE RODRIGUEZ                                                         (Personnel, Training, Payroll)

                                                                                                                                                                           Public Affairs Officer
                                                                                                                                                                            MIDGE COSTANZA
Special Ops Chief
JULIE KORSMEYER                Crime Analysis
   Asst. Chief                JULIE WARTELL
DAVID WILLIAMS                                                                                                                                                                      Crime Analysis
                                                                Director of Restitution                 Director of Victim Assistance               Special Projects
                                                             Enforcement/Victim Services                                                                                            Administrator
                                                                                                           CYNTHIA CHARLEBOIS                        JOHN LUSARDI
                                                                    KIM-THOA HOANG                                                                                                  JULIE WARTELL

         Chief Deputy                           Chief Deputy                       Chief Deputy                            Chief Deputy                                        Chief
       Branch Operations                        Special Units                      Central Ops/                                                                             Bureau of
                                                                                                                              Fraud                                        Investigation
                                                 CARLOS                             Appellate
         SHARON                                                                                                               JOHN                                          MICHAEL
                                                 ARMOUR                           MARK PETTINE                             MASSUCCO
       MAJORS-LEWIS                                                                                                                                                        CONNELLY

 North County Chief    El Cajon Chief    Gangs Chief                        Central Pretrial/   Case Issuance/     Economic Crimes     Insurance Fraud                        Assistant
       Dave           Dan Lamborn                          Cold Homicide    Case Disposition     Extraditions           Chief               Chief                          Chief Investigator
  Greenberg                                Richard                               Chief              Chief
                                          Monroy              Division                                             Steve Robinson      Dominic Dugo                       Carlos Gonzalez
                         Asst. Chief                           Chief        Greg Walden         Dave Lattuca
   Asst. Chief                            Asst. Chief                                                                                     Asst. Chief
  Kimberlee                Glenn                            Jeff Dusek        Asst. Chief         Asst. Chief        Asst. Chief          Michael
                        McAllister      Brock Arstill                       Laura Tanney          Jane Via         Michael Groch          Running        Deputy Chief
     Lagotta                                                                                                                                                                                      Deputy Chief
                                                                                                                                                         Investigator                              Investigator
                                                                                                                                                           Robert             East County/        Mike Bishop
                                                                                                                                                         Etheridge           Juvenile/North
                                                                                                                                                                            County/South Bay
                                      Narcotics/JUDGE/      Sex Crimes/     Appellate Chief     Superior Court                                                              Debbie Conkin,
  South Bay            Juvenile Chief Drug Intervention    Stalking Chief                           Chief
     Chief                                  Chief                              Cathy               Andrea          Public Assistance                                            Cmdr.
 Pat McGrath          Robert Eichler                         Summer                                                      Fraud                                                                   Economic Crimes
                                      Damon Mosler           Stephan        Stephenson           Freshwater                                                Bureau
                        Asst. Chief                                                                                    CATCH                             Administration                          Insurance Fraud
  Asst. Chief                            Asst. Chief
                      Michele Linley Dana Greisen            Asst. Chief     Asst. Chief          Asst. Chief                                                                                    Jim Ray, Cmdr.
   Jeff Dort                                              Phyllis Shess     Craig Fisher        Victor Nunez                                                Range
                                                                                                                                                             Fleet          Family Protection
                                                                                                                                                                             Sexual Assault
                                                                                                                                                           Training         Guy Johnson,
                                                                                                                                                            CWPP                Cmdr.
                                                                                                                                                             PAO                                 Public Assistance
                                                Family Protection                                                                                                                                Mike Bishop,
                                                      Chief                                                                                                                                             DCI
                                                    Genaro                                                                                                                  Central Pretrial/
                 Travel                            Ramirez                                                                                                                  Appellate/Cold
                                                                                                                                                                           Case/Superior Court
                                                   Asst. Chief                                                                                                             Debbie Conkin,           CATCH
                                                  Tracy Prior                                                                                                                   Cmdr.            Terry Jensen,

                                                                                                                                                                             Steve Algya,

                                                                                                                                                                           Special Operations/
                                                                                                                                                                             Rick Lines,
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                                                                                                         fisCAl ReVenUes
                                                                                                         AnD eXPenDiTURes

             Fiscal Year 2006 – 2007 Budget                                                  Fiscal Year 2006 – 2007 Revenues

             Total Budget                     $ 118,600,000                                  Proposition 172                    $ 48,482,037
             Salaries/Benefits                  $ 111,210,000                                General Revenues                    $ 49,372,162
             Supplies/Services                  $ 12,930,000                                 Federal Funds                         $ 2,565,505
             To Other Agencies                   $ 2,650,000                                 State Funds                          $ 15,179,495
             Assets                                 $ 120,000                                Other Funds                           $ 3,341,202
             Public Assistance
             Fraud Reimbursement $ (8,272,683)
                                                                                             TOTAL                             $ 118,940,401
             Reserves                                         $-
                                                                                             All costs of Public Assistance Fraud prosecutions are paid
             All costs of Public Assistance Fraud prosecutions are paid                      for by the County’s Health and Human Services Agency.
             for by the County’s Health and Human Services Agency.                           Fiscal Year from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007
             Fiscal Year from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007

       Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Revenues                                                    Felony Prosecutions by Crime Type

 $ Million                                                                                              Other
                                                                                                        Felony 9%
                                                                                           Robbery 4%

40                                                                                 Theft 7%                                                                Drug-related
                                                                                                                                                           Offenses 40%
                                                                                 DUI 3%


                                                                            Assault 9%

                                                                             Offenses 3%

0                                                                                         Theft 9%
                                                                                                                                                   Traffic-related 1%

         Proposition 172            Federal Funds             Other Funds           Sex Offenses (Incl. Rape) 2%               Burglary 13%
                   General Revenues               State Funds

                                                                                                                                  San Diego County District Attorney    
                         bRAnCh offiCes

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          Central operations

          T   he District Attorney’s headquarters is located
              in the Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego.
          The top seven floors of that building house the
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          District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney and the
                                                                          Prosecutor of the YeAr
          executive management staff which includes Chief
                                                                               AwArD 00
          Deputy District Attorneys. The Bureau of Investigation
          is also headquartered here, as well as Administrative                   DDA Natalie Villaflor
          Services, Employee Relations, Personnel, Training,
          Crime Analysis, Technical Services, Budget, Travel
          Desk, Communications Division, Community
          Relations, Information Technology and the
          Restitution/Victim Assistance Program.

  The North County Branch serves
  about one third of San Diego                                     north County Branch
                                                                   The North County Branch serves about one third of
  County’s population—some one                                     San Diego County’s population—some one million

  million residents.                                               residents. Ten law enforcement agencies, including
                                                                   six sheriff’s substations submit crime reports to the
                                                                   North County Branch for prosecution.
          The downtown office also houses the Division
          Chiefs and Assistant Division Chiefs of the following
          divisions: Gangs, Narcotics, Special Operations, Cold          NORTh COuNTY BRANCh
          Case Homicide, Case Issuing/Extraditions, Central
          Pretrial and Case Disposition, Family Protection,              2006 Staffing
          Superior Court, Sex Crimes/Stalking, Appellate,
                                                                         Attorneys                              34
          Economic Crimes and Insurance Fraud.                           Investigators                           9
                                                                         Paralegals                              7
                                                                         Support Staff                          33

                                                                         TOTAL                                  83
One of the most significant cases
prosecuted by the South Bay Branch in                                    2006 Felony Conviction Rate
2006 was the murder of a high school
                                                                         Cases Received                     6,636
student, Donna Hernandez. The crime                                      Cases Issued                        5,231
shocked residents of the South Bay.                                      Cases to Trial                         47
                                                                         Conviction Rate                     92%
Hernandez was shot while sitting in
a car with friends. After a thorough                                     2006
investigation, the two defendants                                        Misdemeanor Conviction Rate
pleaded guilty and received substantial                                  Cases Received                     12,816
prison sentences.                                                        Cases Issued                       11,500
                                                                         Cases to Trial                         86
                                                                         Conviction Rate                      89%

                                                                                                   San Diego County District Attorney   
                                                                      high incidence of DUI cases that cause death or great
                                                                      bodily injury on back county roads.

              The North County Branch was led by Branch Chief         Cases of note include People v. Jason Morreo, in
              David Greenberg and Assistant Chief                     which the defendant carjacked a truck but was
              Kimberly Lagotta.                                       arrested by police. While he was being processed by
                                                                      police, the defendant stabbed an officer in the neck
     Led by East County Branch                                        with a stick pen. Assistant Chief Glenn McAllister

     Chief Dan Lamborn, the branch                                    secured a conviction against the defendant, who was
                                                                      sentenced to 64 years-to-life in prison.
     processed approximately 20
                                                                      Deputy District Attorney Terrie Roberts prosecuted
     percent more felony cases in 2006.                               the case of People v. Archie Thomas. The defendant
                                                                      was a door-to-door salesman who found a young
              During 2006, this branch saw a nearly 50 percent
              decrease in the number of misdemeanor cases
              that resolved on the day set for trial. This provides
                                                                            EAST COuNTY BRANCh
              a significant cost savings to law enforcement and
              the public, and was done without any change in                2006 Staffing
              disposition guidelines.
                                                                            Attorneys                                25
              In one of the branch’s cases that did go to trial,
                                                                            Investigators                             6
                                                                            Paralegals                                8
              Deputy District Attorney Frank Jackson prosecuted
                                                                            Support Staff                            22
              a North County man who shot and killed his own
              mother following months of threats. Relying solely            TOTAL                                    61
              on circumstantial evidence, DDA Jackson obtained a
              conviction and the defendant now faces 50 years-to-           2006 Felony Conviction Rate
              life in prison.
                                                                            Cases Received                        4,685
                                                                            Cases Issued                          3,647
              east County Branch                                            Cases to Trial                           48
              Led by East County Branch Chief Dan Lamborn, the              Conviction Rate                        91%
              branch processed approximately 20 percent more
              felony cases in 2006. In addition, a substantially           2006
              larger number of those cases (about 93 percent) were         Misdemeanor Conviction Rate
              resolved prior to trial.
                                                                           Cases Received                         6,781
                                                                           Cases Issued                          6,040
              The East County Branch often deals with cases
                                                                           Cases to Trial                            74
              involving illegal smugglers fleeing from the Border          Conviction Rate                        90%
              Patrol with their human cargo. The branch also has a

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woman home alone, forced his way into the house,          SOuTh COuNTY BRANCh
and sexually assaulted her. The defendant was
convicted of several counts of violent sexual assault
                                                          2006 Staffing
and sentenced to 80 years-to-life in prison.              Attorneys                      21
                                                          Investigators                   6
south Bay Branch                                          Paralegals                      9
The South Bay Branch, located in Chula Vista and
                                                          Support Staff                  29
led by Branch Chief Patrick McGrath and Assistant
                                                          TOTAL                          65
Chief Jeff Dort, prosecutes all of the felony and
misdemeanor crimes that occur in the cities of Chula
                                                          2006 Felony Conviction Rate
Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, San Ysidro and
Coronado. In addition, the branch also prosecutes cases
                                                          Cases Received              4,361
emanating from the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility     Cases Issued                3,196
and crimes committed at the U.S./Mexico border.           Cases to Trial                 35
                                                          Conviction Rate              96%
The most significant case prosecuted by the South
Bay Branch in 2006 was the murder of a high school        2006
student, Donna Hernandez. The crime shocked               Misdemeanor Conviction Rate
residents of the South Bay. Hernandez was shot
while sitting in a car with friends. After a thorough
                                                          Cases Received             5,957
                                                          Cases Issued               4,715
investigation, the two defendants pleaded guilty and
                                                          Cases to Trial                21
received substantial prison sentences.                    Conviction Rate             89%

                                                                            San Diego County District Attorney   
                                               bUReAU of inVesTigATion

     The Bureau of Investigation
     conducted 671 surveillances, 37
     witness protection operations, and
     relocated 76 protected witnesses
     in 2006.

                                          T    he Bureau of Investigation is the law enforcement
                                               component of the District Attorney’s Office. The
                                          Bureau’s District Attorney Investigators (DAIs) are
                                          assigned to eight divisions and four branches. During
                                          2006, the Bureau of Investigation continued to be
                                          aggressive in its efforts to support the prosecutorial
                                          mission. Utilizing reactive and proactive methods, the
                                          Bureau’s numbers for 2006 are impressive.

                                          Bureau investigators handled 3,172 cases, 10,217
                                          investigative service requests, served 499 search
                                          warrants, made 529 arrests, monitored 629 gang

   2006 Annual Report
injunction orders, participated in 42 wiretaps, conducted
671 surveillances, conducted 37 witness protection
operations, and relocated 76 protected witnesses.

The Bureau’s Public Assistance Fraud Division also
had a very successful year. Bureau investigators
handled 16,680 cases, conducted 62,810 interviews,
responded to 6,383 Child Protective Services records
checks, conducted 3,388 compliance visits and made          DAIs working with the CATCH Team established
209 arrests.                                                a new class in 2006 designed to educate law
                                                            enforcement officers on the growing danger of the
There was a changing of the guard in the Bureau             internet social website MySpace. With tremendous
in 2006. The Bureau’s Chief Investigator Michael            growth in such websites, numerous individuals
Connelly retired, and was replaced by Chief Paula           involved in crimes (i.e. murderers, taggers, hackers)
Robinson. Prior to her new assignment, Robinson was         have profiles on MySpace, or similar sites which
an Assistant Sheriff at the San Diego County Sheriff’s      contain evidence of their deeds.
Department and has more than three decades of
experience in law enforcement.                              The Bureau of Investigation is recognized throughout
                                                            the state as a leader in the field of witness protection
Assistant Chief Carlos Gonzalez oversaw the                 and extradition training. Our innovative teaching
operations of the Bureau, and two Deputy Chiefs were        techniques and curriculums have received praise
appointed. Butch Etheridge was appointed to oversee         from investigators, supervisors and administrators
and direct the California Witness Protection Program,       who routinely send their personnel to attend the
Training, Range Operations, Fleet Management                classes led by our investigators.
and the Public Assistance Office. Mike Bishop was
appointed to oversee all Financial Crimes Divisions,        During 2006, the Bureau added a paralegal position
which include Public Assistance Fraud, Economic and         in order to stay current with the large amount of
Insurance Fraud, the CATCH Team and the Regional            paperwork required by the Department of Justice for
Computer Forensic Lab (RCFL).                               the California Witness Protection Program (CWPP).
                                                            That program provides financial assistance to the
Staffing of the Bureau remained consistent                  District Attorney for the relocation of witnesses
throughout the year, staffed by 168 investigators,          whose lives have been threatened as a result of
45 of which were assigned to Public Assistance              agreeing to assist with the prosecution of
Fraud. Turnover of Bureau staff in the supervisory          dangerous criminals.
and management levels increased during 2006. In
order to meet the future needs of the Bureau, one           Every member of the Bureau plays a vital part
goal is leadership, supervisory development and             in its success and accomplishments. Working
succession planning.                                        collaboratively with other law enforcement agencies
                                                            is critical to the successful prosecution of cases
The Bureau continues to participate in several County       by our office. We are proud of our reputation and
Task Forces such as the Narcotics Task Force (NTF),         believe it is our responsibility to provide support
Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force (SAFE),        and resources to help our counterparts locally and
Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT), and Violent          throughout the state.
Crimes Gang Task Force (VCGTF).

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      APPellATe AnD
      TRAining DiVision

                          appellate and tRaining diVision

                          • Maintain a central law library
                          • Pretrial motions for Superior Court
                          • Public Records Requests
                          • File Peoples writs and appeals
                          • Respond to defense writs
                          • Basic research, opinions, and
                            memos for the entire office
                          • Maintain MCLE certification for
                            attorney staff

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      A    name change and addition of responsibilities
           are two big changes for the Appellate Division
      during 2006, when it merged with the Training Unit.
      The new Appellate and Training Division not only
      provides support to the District Attorney’s Office
      through its work on motions, appellate and writs—
      now it’s also responsible for conducting effective and
      cutting-edge office-wide training.

…the District Attorney’s Office
continues to be on the cutting-edge                            In an appeal to the Fourth Appellate District Court
                                                               of Appeal in People v. Dye, Deputy District Attorney
both technologically and topically…                            Michael Zachry succeeded in reinstating an Illinois
                                                               attempted robbery prior as a serious felony and
      DDA Cathy Stephenson was appointed chief of the
                                                               strike prior. The defendant’s sentence was increased
      new division. Her background in both training and
                                                               to 25-years-to-life in prison.
      the appellate function helped make the consolidation
      of the two entities a seamless transition.               On the training side, the District Attorney’s
                                                               Office continues to be on the cutting-edge both
      In addition, the division moved its offices—including
                                                               technologically and topically. Traditional office-wide
      the entire law library—to another floor of the Hall of
                                                               training sessions were held in February and October
      Justice. This major undertaking was supervised by
                                                               on a variety of useful topics, including computer
      Assistant Division Chief Craig Fisher.
                                                               forensics, demonstrative evidence, and sentencing.

      In spite of all the changes, the outstanding work
                                                               Training staff presented several smaller training
      of the division continued unabated. There was a
                                                               sessions as well, covering specialized topics of vital
      significant increase in post-conviction discovery
                                                               interest to attorneys, investigators, and paralegals.
      requests in capital cases under Penal Code section
                                                               Assistant Training Director Jim Kelly created a
      1054.9. This relatively new statute is expected to
                                                               number of streaming live video presentations.
      continue generating more litigation in the future and
                                                               Demonstrating a mastery of new technologies, these
      steps were taken to deal with the added workload in
                                                               presentations were then edited and made available
      a systematic way.
                                                               on the DA’s internal website.

      Members of the division also took a lead role in
      stemming the sudden tide of defense constitutional
      challenges to the manner in which jury venires are
      drawn in San Diego County.
                                                                     Appellate And Training
                                                                     Division 2006 Staffing
      Significant cases included work by Deputy District
      Attorneys Charles Nickel and James Atkins, who
                                                                     Attorneys                                 11
      collaborated on an amicus curiae brief on behalf               Paralegals                                 1
      of the California District Attorneys Association,              Support Staff                             8
      supporting the Attorney General’s winning
      argument that expands the applicability of the 10-20-          TOTAL                                     20
      Life sentencing scheme in People v. Shabazz.

                                                                                                San Diego County District Attorney   
      CAse issUAnCe AnD
      eXTRADiTions DiVision

      2006 HigH- pRofile                    2006 HigH-pRofile
      inteRnational extRadition             extRaditions

      In 2006, alleged child molester        • Cynthia Sommer, accused of poisoning her
      Richard Gibbs was returned to the        Marine husband
      U.S. He was arrested and expelled      • Max Anderson and James Torkleson, charged in
                                               the Five Star murder caser
      from Panama, likely as a result
                                             • Abraham Shorey, known as the College Town
      of a Red Notice filed by the San
                                               Creeper, a convict from New York who has
      Diego County DA’s Extraditions           already been sentenced to prison in California
      Division. He is currently standing     • Larry Wilson, accused of kidnapping and sexually
      trial in Ohio, with a list of other      assaulting a college student in 1999
      jurisdictions waiting to try him       • Antonio Washington, accused of sexually
      as well.                                 assaulting and robbing two University of
                                               San Diego Students

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T    he Case Issuing and Extraditions Division is
     comprised of five units:
   • Felony Issuing
   • National and International Extraditions
   • Probation Revocation Unit
   • Lifer Unit
   •DA Liaison Unit

                                                          of probation in lieu of filing a new complaint. By
felony issuing                                            proceeding in this manner instead of filing a new case,
During 2006, the attorneys in this division reviewed      the division saves significant prosecutorial resources
cases on 7,900 felony suspects for case issuing. The      in seeking a commitment to state prison. During 2006,
division also handled a variety of legal issues and       the Probation Revocation Unit handled approximately
provided legal advice on criminal law, procedure,         600 cases with a 90% commitment rate.
and evidence to the law enforcement officers who
submitted cases. The division is led by Division Chief
                                                          lifer Hearing Unit
Dave Lattuca and Assistant Chief Jane Via.
                                                          The division also contains the DA’s Lifer Hearing Unit
                                                          which has two main goals: ensure that dangerous life
Attorneys in the Case Issuing and Extraditions
                                                          prisoners are not released carelessly, and ensure that
Division created the protocol for the DA’s “John Doe”
                                                          crime victims and their families are given a respectful
Warrant Project, in which cases are filed when a DNA
                                                          opportunity to participate in the parole hearing
profile is discovered on evidence at a crime scene, but
                                                          process. During 2006, the Lifer Hearing Unit processed
the actual name of the person is not known. This was
                                                          290 cases for parole and suitability hearings.
done to ensure the statute of limitations does not
expire on cases by failing to initiate prosecution.
                                                          da liaison Unit
                                                          Three prosecutors have been assigned as liaisons to
national and international
                                                          local law enforcement agencies. These prosecutors are
                                                          located offsite and work closely with law enforcement
The Extraditions Unit is responsible for the office-
                                                          by assisting with investigations. The liaisons provide
wide efforts to return fugitive defendants from other
                                                          critical assistance in making sure evidence is
states to San Diego, and for cases involving the return
                                                          collected lawfully so it can be introduced in court by
of fugitives located in San Diego to other states.
                                                          prosecutors. They also assist police with the drafting
This unit also works to bring San Diego defendants
                                                          of legal documents such as search warrants, arrest
back to San Diego from foreign countries when they
                                                          warrants, and other court orders.
flee the United States. In 2006, the unit extradited
79 defendants from other states to San Diego and
handled 238 hearings for the extradition of fugitives           Case Issuance and Extraditions
from San Diego to other states.                                 Division 2006 Staffing

probation Revocation Unit                                       Attorneys                              13
The division’s Probation Revocation Unit targets
                                                                Paralegals                              4
                                                                Paralegal Interns                       1
convicted felons who commit a new offense while
                                                                Support Staff                          29
they are on probation and holds them accountable at             Legal Interns                           2
the earliest possible juncture. When the probationer
is re-arrested on a new offense, the unit files a               TOTAL                                  49
petition alleging the new offense as a violation

                                                                                          San Diego County District Attorney   
                                            ColD CAse
                                            hoMiCiDe DiVision


     The FBI Laboratory’s Combined
     DNA Index System (CODIS) enables
     federal, state, and local crime labs
     to exchange and compare DNA
     profiles electronically, thereby
     linking crimes to each other.
     This tool is invaluable in helping
     the Cold Case Homicide Division
     identify and convict offenders.

   2006 Annual Report
      T    he Cold Case Homicide Division continued its
           outstanding work in 2006, delivering a 100
      percent conviction rate. The division had its busiest          outstAnDing AchieveMent
      year since its inception, taking five cases to trial                 AwArD 00
      and receiving guilty verdicts in each case. In a sixth
                                                                              Deputy District Attorney
      case, the defendants pleaded guilty to two counts of
                                                                                  Garland Peed
      first-degree murder, admitted a special circumstance
      allegation, and were sentenced to life in prison                 San Diego Deputy District Attorneys
      without the possibility of parole.

…solving these cases brings an
                                                                during a robbery in his San Diego apartment in 1991.
element of closure to families                                  DNA found on a ski mask left at the scene was linked

whose lives have been shattered                                 to the defendant 13 years later.

by tragedy…                                                     In 1995, Pamela Shelley was found shot to death in
                                                                a Chula Vista park. A DNA hit tied two Navy sailors
      Solving these cold cases not only delivers justice, but   to the attack, who were successfully prosecuted by
      also brings an element of closure to families whose       Deputy District Attorney Garland Peed.
      lives have been shattered by tragedy. The Cold Case
      Homicide Division has closed the file on more than a      DNA also helped the division solve a 1988 murder.
      dozen unsolved murders since it was established in        Janet Moore was found stabbed to death in her
      2003. Led by Division Chief Jeff Dusek, many hours of     apartment. The suspect had cut himself during
      investigation and tremendous amounts of patience          the attack, leaving his blood behind. Investigators
      continue to go into solving these crimes.                 matched the suspect’s blood to DNA found in a
                                                                Florida sexual assault case. Ultimately, the defendant
      The division also maintains a close working               was identified and brought to justice by Deputy
      relationship with law enforcement agencies                District Attorney Andrea Freshwater.
      throughout San Diego County, including police
      laboratory criminalists. Ongoing investigations
      require prosecutors and investigators to travel to
      cities all over the United States.
                                                                      COlD CASE hOMICIDE DIvISION
                                                                      2006 Staffing
      Of the division’s 2006 cases, three deserve special
      mention: Deputy District Attorney Paul Myers                    Attorneys                                  3
                                                                      Investigators                              4
      secured a conviction against a Los Angeles man
                                                                      Paralegals                                 1
      charged with first-degree murder. The defendant was
                                                                      Support Staff                              1
      found guilty of stabbing Antonio Ayala, 20, to death            Student Workers                            1

                                                                      TOTAL                                     10

                                                                      2006 Felony Conviction Rate

                                                                      Cases Received                           5
                                                                      Cases Issued                             5
                                                                      Cases to Trial                           4
                                                                      Conviction Rate                       100%

                                                                                                   San Diego County District Attorney   
     CoMMUniCATions AnD
     CoMMUniTy RelATions DiVision

     In 2006, podcasts were added
     to the DA’s public website.
     Capitalizing on the trend of
     downloadable audio files, the
     podcasts featured the District
     Attorney and prosecutors
     discussing topics that ranged
     from Jessica’s Law to officer-
     involved shootings.

                                                                          Communications and publications
             T    he Communications and Community Relations
                  Division is responsible for all internal and
             external communications, as well as community
                                                                          The Communications Division handles all day-to-
                                                                          day inquiries by journalists regarding individual
             outreach coming from the San Diego County District           cases, office policy and requests to interview the
             Attorney. The division strives to keep the office            District Attorney. This includes print, on-line and
             transparent and accessible to the public through             broadcast news media. Fifty-four news releases
             timely and accurate responses to the news media and          and news advisories were submitted to the news
             by providing speakers for community groups.                  media in 2006. The District Attorney hosted 15 news
                                                                          conferences at the Hall of Justice in 2006 under the
             A shuffling of leadership marked 2006 when                   direction of this division.
             Communications Director Gail Stewart was promoted
             to Special Assistant to the District Attorney. At            Two media “brown bag” lunches were hosted
             the same time, Public Affairs Officer Paul Levikow           by the DA in 2006 through the coordination of
             was promoted to fill the Communications Director             Communications. These were designed to give
             position. Steve Walker was hired as Public Affairs           reporters an insight to the DA’s Narcotics Division
             Officer, while Public Affairs Officers Jesse Navarro, J.J.   and Child Abduction Unit within the Family
             Anderson and Midge Costanza continued providing the          Protection Division. More than a dozen reporters
             community relations function of the Division.                and editors attended these luncheons in March and

0   2006 Annual Report
       August. In addition, Public Affairs Officers prepared
       the District Attorney for dozens of speeches and public
       appearances throughout the year.                                    sAn Diego Press club
                                                                            00 excellence in
       The DA’s internal intranet site and public website                   JournAlisM AwArD
       are managed by this division along with the Web
                                                                                      First Place
       Team. This includes responding to public inquiries
                                                                         Public Service Consumer Advocacy
       that come in daily through the web site and ongoing                             Web Site
       content updates. In 2006, podcasts were added to
       the DA’s public website. Capitalizing on the trend of
       downloadable audio files, the podcasts featured the
       District Attorney and prosecutors discussing topics that   special events
       ranged from Jessica’s Law to officer-involved shootings.   The 17th Annual Citizens of Courage Awards luncheon
                                                                  was held in April during National Crime Victims
       The Division publishes the Law Enforcement                 Rights Week, honoring crime victims and good
       Quarterly, a periodical that features training tips and    samaritans who came to the aid of crime victims.
       articles geared toward law enforcement officers and        Honored in 2006 were four girls who were molested
       prosecutors. The DA’s Annual Report and various            by their teacher and had to testify in court four times;
       brochures are also projects as well as the DA’s            a 6-year-old boy who played dead after being stabbed
       E-newsletter, On the Record.                               by his great-uncle who was attacking family members
                                                                  in a rampage; a Navy Corpsman who came to the aid
…the division strives to keep the office                          of an Oceanside police officer who had been gunned

transparent and accessible…                                       down; and a Georgia woman who helped in the
                                                                  capture of a fugitive wanted in San Diego County.

       Community Relations
       The Citizens Academy is an innovative new program          The Second Annual Consumer Protection Day was

       launched by the District Attorney’s Office in 2006         held in February in cooperation with the San Diego

       in cooperation with the San Diego County Sheriff’s         County Board of Supervisors, Aging and Independence

       Department, Superior Court and Public Defender’s           Services, AARP and 40 government and non-profit

       Office. The Citizens Academy gives San Diego County        organizations. The event is dedicated to helping

       residents a chance to experience the inner workings        consumers avoid becoming victims of fraud and scams.

       of the criminal justice system. About 75 people attended
                                                                  The San Diego Rotary Club’s Annual Law Enforcement
       this first annual academy and gave it rave reviews.
                                                                  Salute to Local Heroes was held in January, in which

       Community relations officers fanned out across the         the DA, Sheriff and San Diego Police Chief honor

       county throughout 2006, representing the District          individuals who came to the aid of law enforcement

       Attorney at various community groups, chambers             and victims of crime.

       of commerce, city councils, civic organizations and
       educational institutions. The goal is to educate the       special project
       community about resources available at the DA’s            Efforts continued in 2006 to implement SB 618, a
       Office and teach crime prevention.                         program that will help reduce the number of inmates
                                                                  who return to prison once they are paroled. This
       Community relations officers also oversee the DA’s         multi-agency program being organized by the District
       Community Advisory Board, Ministers Advisory Board         Attorney’s Office is scheduled to begin in 2007.
       and quarterly meetings with Tribal Governments.
       This is a comprehensive effort to make the DA’s Office
       accessible to all residents of San Diego County.

                                                                                                   San Diego County District Attorney   
        eConoMiC CRiMes

       During 2006, the Economic Crimes
       Division increased resources
       directed to fight identity theft,
       the fastest-growing crime in
       San Diego County.

   2006 Annual Report
T    he Economic Crimes Division prosecutes
     economic-related crimes, which harm both
individuals and businesses in San Diego County.
The division is led by Division Chief Stephen             Child Care fraud Case
Robinson and Assistant Chief Michael Groch.               In October 2006, the division’s Public Assistance
It is organized into six specialized teams:               Fraud Team obtained criminal indictments of
                                                          several defendants in a child care fraud scheme
 • Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech
   Response Team (CATCH)                                  that stole more than $550,000 from the county’s
 • Complex Theft                                          child care system. The defendants received money
 • Consumer Protection                                    from the county for child care services that were
 • Environmental Protection                               never performed. Four defendants entered felony
 • Public Assistance Fraud                                guilty pleas.
 • Real Estate Fraud

During 2006, the division increased the resources
directed to fight identity theft, the fastest-growing
crime in San Diego County. By assigning two
deputy district attorneys, one investigator and
one paralegal to the San Diego Regional Fraud
Task Force, the division is better able to pursue
significant identity thieves.                                   ECONOMIC CRIMES DIvISION

ponzi scheme Case
                                                                2006 STAFFING
Members of the Economic Crimes Division indicted                Attorneys                              21
five defendants for conspiracy to commit grand                  Investigators                          63
theft, forgery and other related fraud charges.                 Paralegals                             13
All of the defendants were involved with an                     Support Staff                          25
                                                                Student Workers/Interns                 2
organization known as “First Latino Group.” The
defendants targeted churches, claiming to share the
                                                                TOTAL                                 124
religious beliefs of their victims to gain their trust.
Approximately 118 victims gave these defendants
                                                                2006 Felony Conviction Rate
in excess of $1 million in exchange for the promise
of low income loans, credit repair, mortgage                    Cases Received                       480
elimination and bogus real estate investments.                  Cases Issued                         450
During 2006, one defendant entered a guilty plea                Cases to Trial                         6
and was sentenced to three years and eight months               Conviction Rate                      91%
in prison.

                                                                                          San Diego County District Attorney   
     fAMily PRoTeCTion


     Domestic violence turned deadly
     on the Rincon Indian Reservation
     when Andre Calac was informed          T   he Family Protection Division promotes public
                                                safety by prosecuting crimes of murder,
                                            domestic violence, crimes against children, and
     by his pregnant girlfriend that        elder abuse. The division strongly supports victims
     she was leaving him. She sought        of crime and works closely with criminal justice

     shelter at her mom’s house, but        agencies and community partners.

     Calac found her, and took her back     The division was led by DDA Genaro Ramirez in
     to his trailer where they argued.      2006, along with Assistant Chief Tracy Prior.
     Calac then took a shotgun, pinned
                                            In 2006, there were 756 domestic violence felonies
     his girlfriend down to a couch
                                            filed in San Diego County and 2,234 domestic
     area, and fired. Both his girlfriend   violence misdemeanors filed. A total of 213 Child
     and their unborn baby girl were        Abuse felonies and Internet Crimes Against

     dead. The Family Protection Division   Children cases were prosecuted in the Family
                                            Protection Division.
     prosecuted Calac for double murder,
     and he is serving a sentence of 80-    The Family Protection Division posted an overall
     years-to-life in prison.               conviction rate of 93 percent in the felony cases

   2006 Annual Report
      domestic Violence
      In 2006, all Domestic Violence misdemeanors started
      being heard in the same courtroom under a program
      called “Consolidated Courtroom.” From arraignment              sAn Diego DePutY District
                                                                      AttorneYs AssociAtion
      to sentencing, these defendants now go before the
      same judge, get consistent treatment from trained                    00 outstAnDing
      prosecutors and defense attorneys, and are more                     AchieveMent AwArD
      quickly able to resolve their cases. This Domestic                        DDA Kurt Mechals
      Violence Court ensures better courtroom efficiency,
                                                                                DDA Steve Carver
      better perpetrator accountability, and better
      victim safety.

…three Deputy District Attorneys                                who work together to reduce the online sexual
are specially trained in                                        exploitation of children. Our unit has three Deputy

prosecuting the exploitation of
                                                                District Attorneys specially trained in prosecuting the
                                                                exploitation of children on the internet.
children on the internet…
                                                                Efforts include full-time online investigation
      elder abuse                                               of Internet predators, aggressive prosecution of
      In a true community-partnering effort, our office         offenders, as well as community outreach to schools
      (along with Adult Protective Services, San Diego Police   and parents. There are more than 40 ICAC Task Forces
      Department, and San Diego State University) launched      nationwide. San Diego has been repeatedly recognized
      the “Archstone Project” and was awarded a grant           and awarded for its cutting-edge approach to law
      geared toward helping our senior community. We            enforcement and a true multidisciplinary approach
      select 150 elderly crime victims and provide one-on-      to catching and prosecuting online predators. Last
      one personal services to them, such as home visits,       year, the San Diego Task Force was credited with
      advocacy, assistance with health and other home-care      breaking up and prosecuting the largest ring of child
      projects, and court-accompaniment. Casey Gwinn            pornography distributors in history.
      (Special Assistant to the District Attorney), DDA Paul
      Greenwood (Director of Elder Abuse prosecutions) and
      Sylvia Guzman (Archstone coordinator) have proven that
      rapport and relationships with our elder victims endure
                                                                      FAMIlY PROTECTION DIvISION
      well beyond the prosecution of any particular case.             2006 Staffing
                                                                      Attorneys                               32
      Child abduction Unit                                            Investigators                           12
      The Child Abduction Unit was busy in 2006 with                  Paralegals                              11
      848 contacts that led to 188 cases being opened and             Support Staff                           23
      143 children recovered. The Child Abduction Unit
                                                                      TOTAL                                   78
      experienced a 65 percent increase over 2005 in the
      recovery of children.
                                                                      2006 Felony Conviction Rate

      internet Crimes against Children                                Cases Received                        3,972
      The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force                 Cases Issued                          2,181
                                                                      Cases to Trial                           60
      (ICAC) is comprised of law enforcement officers and
                                                                      Conviction Rate                        93%
      prosecutors from the local, state, and national levels

                                                                                                San Diego County District Attorney   
          gAngs DiVision

     gangs in san diego CoUntY

     10,000 gang MeMBeRs
     100 gangs

     Prosecutors in the Gangs Division say
     these numbers are estimates that change
     constantly and may be substantially

             T    he Gangs Division continues to tackle the
                  insidious problem of gangs and gang violence
             with dedication and innovation. Led by Division
                                                                    prosecute them for lesser violations in order to
                                                                    prevent more violent crimes from happening.
                                                                    Finally, gang members are targeted through civil
             Chief Richard Monroy and Assistant Chief Brock         injunctions and abatements in order to disrupt
             Arstill, this division’s prosecutors are some of the   the gang culture and lifestyle.
             finest in the nation, securing a 93 percent felony
             conviction rate for 2006.                              Prosecutors in this division also use court-
                                                                    approved wiretaps, undercover operations,
             The Gangs Division targets violent gang crime          and gang injunctions to stop violence before it
             such as murder, attempted murder, assault with         occurs. Further, they work closely with local law
             weapons, drive by shootings, rape and robbery.         enforcement and community organizations to
             The division also works with outside agencies          develop programs to keep kids out of gangs.
             to proactively target known gang members and

   2006 Annual Report
            While there are hundreds of success stories in
            this division, the on-going seriousness of gang
            violence in San Diego is reflected by the kinds of
            cases and defendants prosecuted in 2006. Major
            cases included:

            People v. Deron Ford
            Deputy District Attorney Blaine Bowman
            successfully prosecuted a gang member who
            shot and killed a man in the Lincoln Park
            neighborhood. The murder happened near an            District Attorney Mark Amador, the Violent
            apartment complex known as “ground zero” for         Crimes Gang Task Force, the Major Mexican
            the Skyline Gang. The victim was not a gang          Drug Traffickers Task Force, FBI, several local
            member, but was shot and killed as he was            police departments and the San Diego Sheriff’s
            walking home from the store. A confidential          Department uncovered a network of criminal
            informant later bought the murder weapon             activity. The allegations ranged from conspiracy
            and turned it over to police. The defendant was      to murder of a local police officer, conspiracy
            convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced       to distribute methamphetamine, possession
            to life in prison.                                   of assault weapons, residential robbery and
                                                                 kidnapping. The Grand Jury handed down the
                                                                 indictments after hearing from 70 witnesses,
            Prosecution of 35
                                                                 many of whom had been threatened by, or
            Mexican Mafia Members
                                                                 were victims of the gang. All the crimes were
            In one of the most extraordinary prosecutorial
                                                                 committed for gang purposes to benefit the
            examples of 2006, the Gangs Division obtained a
                                                                 Mexican Mafia. This investigation also led to
            52-count indictment against 35 people, including
                                                                 the arrest of the highest-ranking member of the
            members of the Mexican Mafia. Following a
                                                                 Mexican Mafia in San Diego.
            lengthy investigation, spearheaded by Deputy

                                                                       GANGS DIvISION
                                                                       2006 Staffing
                                                                       Attorneys                            24
                                                                       Investigators                        18
                                                                       Paralegals                            6
                                                                       Support Staff                         8

                                                                       TOTAL                                56

                                                                       2006 Felony Conviction Rate

                                                                       Cases Received                      337
Gang members are targeted through civil                                Cases Issued                        354
injunctions to disrupt the gang culture and                            Cases to Trial                       27
                                                                       Conviction Rate                    93%
lifestyle. During 2006, 13 safety zones were in
place using these injunctions. Gang members
are prohibited from a list of activities inside                                                                                     

these zones.
                                                                                               San Diego County District Attorney   
                          infoRMATion TeChnology

                            During 2006, the IT Division resolved
                            8,914 calls for assistance through it’s Help
                            Desk Program. Trial Support Services
                            completed 5,037 Investigative Service
                            Requests, providing prosecutors with
                            high-impact exhibits for the courtroom.

   2006 Annual Report
       T    he Information Technology Division provides
            the District Attorney’s Office with technology
       tools it needs to support legal staff, support staff,
       and the business operations. Under the leadership
       of the Chief Information Officer Pam Summers, the
       36 employees of the division are responsible for the
       design, development, implementation, and support
       of all information technology hardware, software
       and business applications for the office.

Trial Support Services provides                                  meet increased bandwidth needs. A larger and faster
prosecutors with high-end graphics                               connection to the Internet was also established to
                                                                 accommodate the office’s expanded need to access
and charts to use as evidence in                                 information. In addition, the District Attorney’s
the courtroom.                                                   Office also approved the new Computer and Security
                                                                 Policy tailored to the needs of the office.
       The year 2006 brought major planning efforts for
       the Case Document Management project, which is            In the latter part of 2006, the Trial Support Services
       under development, and the COOP (Continuation of          (TSS) unit began reporting to the Information
       Operations Plan).                                         Technology Division. Vacancies were filled,
                                                                 continuing education became a priority and new
       Table-top exercises were executed to thoroughly plan      technology was leveraged.
       for the event of a regional disaster. This is necessary
       to ensure that the DA continues to provide the            As a result, prosecutors now benefit from having
       criminal justice prosecution services when normal         audio and video-enhanced surveillance tapes,
       operations become interrupted by a disaster.              high-end graphics and charts to illustrate their case.
                                                                 The latest addition to the suite of services is 3-D
       To be better prepared, several systems have been          animation. As a result of this new technology, the
       enhanced or upgraded and a new remote-access              type of requests for services, including fingerprint
       system was been implemented in 2006. Many older           comparisons and discovery, started to change during
       servers providing the databases for the District          2006, illustrated by the variety of Investigative
       Attorney’s information were replaced with new             Service Requests completed.
       servers as part of the plan to modernize the District
       Attorney’s Data Center.

       Several new systems were also developed during
       the year by the Applications Development unit. One
       system tracks the provision of services to released
       prisoners of non-violent crimes reentering society
       (Senate Bill 618) in order to reduce recidivism.
       Also, a new integrated Public Assistance Fraud
       tracking system was developed, replacing detached
       independent spreadsheets and databases.

       In partnership with the San Diego County Sheriff’s
       Department, the circuit infrastructure for regional
       connectivity of all the DA’s offices was upgraded to

                                                                                                   San Diego County District Attorney   
                          insURAnCe fRAUD DiVision

0   2006 Annual Report
        I   nsurance fraud costs consumers an estimated
            $80 billion per year nationwide or about $950
        per family. It’s the second largest economic crime
        in America, exceeded only by tax evasion. The
        San Diego County District Attorney’s Insurance
        Fraud Division is comprised of a team of specialists
        who handle complex prosecutions from inception to
        sentencing-- with the assistance of several task forces.

The Insurance Fraud Division
increased its number of convictions                                This division consists of six grant-funded units:
                                                                    • Workers’ Compensation Fraud
during 2006 by 20 percent.                                          • Auto Insurance Fraud
                                                                    • Urban/Organized Auto Insurance Fraud
        The Insurance Fraud Division was led by Division
                                                                    • Disability Healthcare Insurance Fraud
        Chief Dominic Dugo in 2006, and Assistant Chief
                                                                    • Life Insurance Fraud
        Michael Running.
                                                                    • The Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT)

        In 2006, the Division increased the number of
        convictions over 2005 by 20 percent, obtaining             premium fraud task force
        convictions against 327 defendants for insurance           Premium fraud involves businesses misrepresenting
        fraud and/or related charges. It also collected more       their true payroll to an insurance company in order
        than $5.5 million in restitution for victims, an           to purchase workers’ compensation insurance at less
        increase of approximately $1.5 million. Grand jury         than the proper premium. These employers often
        indictments were obtained against 51 defendants            also evade taxes by paying workers in cash. This
        and 7 jury trials were completed. Annual grant             cash-based payroll is known as the “underground
        funding awarded to the Insurance Fraud Division            economy.” In California, the underground economy is
        for 2006 was approximately $8.5 million. This is the       estimated at $60 billion, with an annual tax loss
        highest amount of funding ever received and an             of $3 billion.
        increase of more than $1.3 million from last year.

                                                                          INSuRANCE FRAuD DIvISION
                                                                          2006 Staffing
                                                                          Attorneys                             16
opeRation noRtHeRn exposURe                                               Investigators                         13
                                                                          Paralegals                             6
In 2006, RATT concluded a long-                                           Support Staff                         15
                                                                          Legal Nurse Consultant                 1
term undercover operation. Officers
purchased 19 stolen vehicles from                                         TOTAL                                  51
more than a dozen auto thieves. All
                                                                          2006 Felony Conviction Rate
18 defendants were indicted by the
Grand Jury.                                                               Cases Received                       295
                                                                          Cases Issued                         314
                                                                          Cases to Trial                         8
                                                                          Conviction Rate                     94%

                                                                                                   San Diego County District Attorney   
                                                                        provider fraud task force
                                                                        The Insurance Fraud Division also has a Medical and
                                                                        Legal Insurance Fraud Task Force which investigates
                                                                        and prosecutes medical and legal providers
                                                                        committing insurance fraud. The unique nature of
                                                                        this task force, the first of its kind in the nation, is
                                                                        that we have combined federal, state, and county
                                                                        agencies together into one cohesive unit.

                                                                        Members include: District Attorney staff;
             These unfair practices enable unscrupulous                 Department of Insurance; Franchise Tax Board;
             employers to underbid honest competitors. This             FBI; the California Department of Justice; the U.S.
             results in honest employers losing jobs and                Department of Health and Human Services; the
             ultimately driving them out of business.                   Medical Board; the California State Bar; California
                                                                        Department of Health Services; California
             San Diego’s Premium Fraud Task Force helps                 Department of Industrial Relations; U.S. Office of
             maintain a level playing field by prosecuting              Personnel Management; U.S. Postal Service; U.S.
             businesses that commit premium fraud. This Task            Department of Defense; and the Dental Board.
             Force is comprised of the following agencies: District
             Attorney’s Office; Labor Commissioner; Employment          life and annuity Consumer
             Development Department Criminal Investigations             protection program
             and Tax Enforcement; Franchise Tax Board;                  In 2006, the division established a new Life and
             Department of Insurance; Bureau of Automotive              Annuity Protection Program to investigate and
             Repair; and the Contractors State Licensing                prosecute unscrupulous life insurance agents and
             Board. The Task Force works very closely with the          others who seek to steal the savings of victims
             insurance industry including State Compensation            through power of attorney abuse and fraudulent
             Insurance Fund (SCIF) which is the largest workers’        claims upon a legitimate policy. San Diego County
             compensation carrier in California.                        was only one of four counties in the state of
                                                                        California to receive funding for this new program.
             In 2006, the division’s Task Force prosecuted the
             largest premium fraud case ever handled in San             Life insurance and annuity scams are often targeted
             Diego. A roofing company working throughout                at senior citizens. The effect is profound and life-
             Southern California and in Fresno misclassified their
             employees’ rate of pay to SCIF for three years. The
             Task Force served 15 search warrants in San Diego,
             Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties, seizing 187 boxes
                                                                              nAtionAl AssociAtion of
             of evidence and 45 computers. The owners of the
                                                                             counties 00 AchieveMent
             roofing company were indicted by the Grand Jury
             for premium fraud after the Task Force produced
             witnesses from the counties of San Diego, Los                   ProviDer frAuD tAsk force
             Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, and
                                                                             Honored for implementing an effective
             Imperial. The owners pled guilty to felony premium              and creative program that promotes
             fraud and paid, in full, restitution of more than $3            responsible, responsive and effective
                                                                             county government.
             million to State Fund. This is the largest amount of
             restitution our division has ever collected in one case.

   2006 Annual Report
       altering, since seniors do not have the time nor
       opportunity for financial recovery. Our new program
       is committed to working diligently to protect senior
       citizens and their finances from those who would do
       them harm.

San Diego’s Premium Fraud Task Force
helps maintain a level playing field by                        State Licensing Board. Task force members conduct
                                                               inspections of seven target industries selected due
prosecuting businesses that commit                             to an on-going pattern of non-compliance with
premium fraud.                                                 workers’ compensation and labor laws. This new task
                                                               force will lead to more businesses obtaining workers’
       Uninsured employer program                              compensation insurance and increased prosecution
       Insurance Fraud Division staff work with the            of those employers who fail to obtain insurance.
       California Labor Commissioner’s Office to investigate
       and prosecute employers without workers’                Regional auto theft task force (Ratt)
       compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation           RATT investigates and prosecutes professional auto
       provides injured workers the security of knowing        thieves. RATT is a model of cooperation as peace
       they will receive compensation and medical              officers from the following departments work in
       treatment as a result of their work-related injury.     conjunction with one another: the District Attorney’s
                                                               Office; the California Highway Patrol; San Diego
       In 2006, the statewide Economic and Employment          Sheriff’s Department; the San Diego Probation
       Enforcement Coalition was formed. Members               Department; the California Department of Insurance;
       include: the District Attorney’s Office; the            the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the Chula
       Department of Industrial Relations; Occupational        Vista, La Mesa, El Cajon, Escondido, Carlsbad, and
       Health and Safety Administration; Employment            Oceanside Police Departments.
       Development Department; and the Contractors

                                                                                               San Diego County District Attorney   
             JUVenile DiVision

             T    he Juvenile Division of the District Attorney’s
                  Office prosecutes all juvenile felonies and
             misdemeanors committed in San Diego County.
                                                                    future deviant criminal behavior. Each case is
                                                                    evaluated based upon the facts and information
                                                                    gained as to the minor themselves and the
             The Division is led by Division Chief Robert Eichler   crime committed. Vertical handling allows for
             and Assistant Chief Michele Linley. Juvenile           individualized intervention and treatment at the
             Deputy District Attorneys review, issue and            earliest possible stage.
             prosecute cases that range from serious felonies
             such as robberies, burglaries, sexual assaults,
                                                                    dual dependency/delinquency
             assaults with injuries, weapons or both to
                                                                    These cases are always a challenge as a decision
             misdemeanor charges.
                                                                    must be made as to which system will best serve
                                                                    a minor. An experienced Deputy District Attorney
             In order to handle certain cases in a manner that is
                                                                    handles this caseload and works closely with the
             suited to their unique circumstances, the Juvenile
                                                                    defense, courts and other attorneys to ensure that
             division has made a commitment to vertically
                                                                    the best possible decisions for the future of the
             prosecute the following types of cases:
                                                                    minor are made.

             Arson cases are supervised and handled by a
                                                                    The Juvenile Division has just begun its fourth
             senior deputy with help from other deputies
                                                                    year of issuing and prosecuting graffiti cases by a
             assigned to the arson team. These cases can range
                                                                    single Deputy District Attorney. A senior deputy
             from minors who are curious about fire, to those
                                                                    is now assigned as the team leader of this vertical
             having significant mental issues and are showing
                                                                    unit to handle the cases. A DDA is also assigned
             tendencies that are indicators of recidivism and

   2006 Annual Report
      to help with this busy assignment. These cases        truancy
      get specialized treatment and both deputies           The District Attorney’s Office has long recognized
      make restitution to victims and members of the        the importance of keeping kids in school.
      community a priority. In addition, in 2006 the        Therefore, the Juvenile Division has a Deputy
      DDA assigned worked with law enforcement, local       District Attorney assigned to handle truancy cases.
      government and private industry to develop and        We have been in the forefront of assisting San
      implement a San Diego/North County graffiti           Diego County Schools with processing truancy
      abatement class which offenders must attend as        cases. The truancy deputy organizes a truancy
      part of their probation.                              summit each year in conjunction with the County
                                                            Office of Education in order to educate school

The Juvenile Division handles                               administrators and truancy officers on the latest
                                                            policies, procedures and legal developments.
teen prostitution cases with an                             Due to the success of the program and changes in

eye toward breaking the self-                               demographics, a truancy calendar is now held in the
                                                            South Bay courthouse once a week.
destructive cycle.
                                                            Vehicular Manslaughter and
      teen prostitution                                     street Racing
      Prostitution cases are supervised by the same         Vehicular Manslaughter cases involve accidents
      deputy who handles and supervises sexual assault      that result in a death and are handled vertically
      and child abuse cases. There are many cross-over      by deputies in the juvenile division. The deputy
      issues involved in prostitution cases as many         keeps in contact with the victim’s family and gives
      juveniles involved in prostitution were prior         continuity to the prosecution. Speed contest cases
      victims of sexual abuse. The supervisor is involved   are handled vertically to ensure that the court is
      in community organizations trying to find help        aware of the conduct involved and the possible
      and programming for these offenders. The team         danger to the community.
      handles prostitution cases with an eye toward
      breaking the self-destructive cycle this
      offense creates.                                            JuvENIlE DIvISION
                                                                  2006 Staffing
      teen Relationship Violence (tRV)
      These cases are domestic violence cases that
                                                                  Attorneys                             23
                                                                  Investigators                          2
      occur between teenagers and juveniles. The DDA
                                                                  Paralegals                             5
      assigned to handle these cases is very involved             Support Staff                         13
      in committees related to TRV. During 2006, many
      hours were spent working on a TRV project with              TOTAL                                 43
      youths involved in day treatment schools. The
      team created a public awareness campaign about
                                                                  2006 Juvenile Cases Reviewed
      TRV that received national media attention. Their
                                                                  Cases Submitted             8,340
      project was presented to probation, the courts and          Felony Petitions Filed       3,381
      at a public television-sponsored awards ceremony            Misdemeanor Petitions Filed 2,037
      at the KPBS studios on the San Diego State                  Truancy Petitions Filed       503
      University campus.

                                                                                           San Diego County District Attorney   
                                          nARCoTiCs DiVision

     naRCotiC diVision seiZURes in 2006

      • 500 Kilograms of Cocaine
      • 550 Pounds of Methamphetamine
      • Several Tons of Marijuana
      • $4 Million Cash

    2006 Annual Report
      T    he Narcotics Division worked harder than
           ever in 2006 to prosecute drug-related
      offenses and the numbers tell the story. Led
      by Division Chief Damon Mosler and Assistant
      Chief Dana Greisen, this award-winning division
      prosecuted more cases, conducted more wiretap
      operations, and seized more drugs and drug
      money than ever before.

                                                            Notable cases included:
The Narcotics Division seized
                                                            People v. Esparza
more drugs and drug money                                   In September 2006, Deputy District Attorney

during 2006 than ever before.                               Chris Lindberg convicted self-proclaimed gang
                                                            and drug operation leader Victor Esparza for
                                                            threatening to kill a Parole Officer and his
      Further, the division’s felony conviction rate        family, and other law enforcement officers if
      remained at 92 percent. Virtually all of the          they did not cease enforcement efforts against
      defendants were convicted through pleading            Esparza’s operation and the Mexican Mafia. After
      guilty or by one of the jury trials conducted         trial, Esparza was sentenced to 14 years in prison
      during 2006.

      The division led and prosecuted Operation Clean       People v. Courtney
      Sweep and Sherman Heights targeting street-           In March 2006, Deputy District Attorney Jill
      level methamphetamine dealers in North Park           DiCarlo convicted methamphetamine trafficker
      and Sherman Heights. The operations resulted          Uriah Courtney for kidnapping and raping a
      in 71 arrests. Taking these drug dealers off the      16-year-old girl. The investigation led police to
      streets made those neighborhoods safer places         Courtney’s shed where he had a clandestine
      to live in 2006.                                      meth lab, three rifles, three handguns, thousands
                                                            of rounds of ammunition and approximately
      The Narcotics Division also focused on shutting       $200,000 in cash. Courtney was sentenced to life
      down more than 20 marijuana dealing enterprises       in prison.
      that were illegally posing as medicinal marijuana
      dispensaries. In fact, the division pioneered what          NARCOTICS DIvISION
      is now a growing movement to do the same across
      the state of California.
                                                                  2006 Staffing
                                                                  Attorneys                             18
      The division continues to direct San Diego                  Paralegals                             2
      County’s JUDGE Program (Jurisdictions United                Support Staff                         13
      for Drug and Gang Enforcement). The program
                                                                  TOTAL                                 33
      consists of 18 law enforcement officers who
      target high-risk felons. In addition, the Narcotics
      Division runs the treatment side of drug cases in
                                                                  2006 Felony Conviction Rate
      Drug Court and Proposition 36 Court, Federal and            Cases Received                     1,193
      State Asset Forfeiture matters, and assists law             Cases Issued                      1,889
      enforcement with proactive projects in specific             Cases to Trial                        29
      high-crime areas.                                           Conviction Rate                    92%


                                                                                           San Diego County District Attorney   
                          PReTRiAl AnD CAse
                          DisPosiTion DiVision

                           In 2006, the case disposition team
                           handled more than 4,500 felony
                           case dispositions and had a felony
                           conviction rate of 96 percent.

   2006 Annual Report
       A    merger between two of the busiest divisions in
            the District Attorney’s Office occurred in 2006.
       The Case Disposition Division and Central Pretrial
       Division combined. The new Pretrial and Disposition
       Division is led by Division Chief Gregory Walden and
       Assistant Division Chief Laura Tanney.

…the team encourages the immediate
sentencing of defendants, where
appropriate, significantly reducing costs                         miscellaneous court calendars. Occasionally, they
to the taxpayer…                                                  conduct misdemeanor trials, which result if felony
                                                                  charges are reduced at the preliminary hearing.

       The case disposition team works to appropriately
                                                                  Training and development of Deputy District
       assess felony cases in an attempt to reach fair and
                                                                  Attorneys is an important aspect of the Pretrial
       equitable resolutions of the cases at the earliest
                                                                  and Case Disposition Division. Monthly training
       possible opportunity. In 2006, the case disposition
                                                                  sessions are presented on various aspects of criminal
       team handled more than 4,500 felony case
                                                                  prosecution. Riding along with law enforcement
       dispositions and had a felony conviction rate of
                                                                  officers is encouraged as well.
       96 percent. The team encourages the immediate
       sentencing of defendants, where appropriate,
                                                                  The unique combinations of senior trial attorneys
       significantly reducing costs to the County of
                                                                  and junior deputies in the division helps junior
       San Diego. In 2006, there was an increase in the
                                                                  deputies develop the skills and knowledge necessary
       number of defendants sentenced immediately
                                                                  to become formidable felony trial attorneys while
       following the disposition and plea of their case from
                                                                  pursuing justice at the same time.
       1,183 in year 2005 to 1,500 in 2006. Of those 1, 500, or
       41 percent involved state prison commitments and
       59 percent were sentenced to probation. The fact
       that those defendants were sentenced immediately,
       instead of having separate and full sentencing
       hearings, resulted in a savings of millions of dollars
       to the County.

       The preliminary hearing team handles a large
       number of serious cases. They arraign the defendants
       charged in felony complaints, then prepare and                   Pretrial And Case Disposition
       conduct preliminary examinations in front of a                   Division 2006 Staffing
       judge to prove the charges based upon a probable
       cause standard. In doing so, the preliminary hearing             Attorneys                                 15
       deputies essentially become liaisons between the                 Paralegals                                 3
       DA’s office, law enforcement and the victims and                 Support Staff                              8
       witnesses of crime. The preliminary hearing deputies
                                                                        TOTAL                                    26
       also handle suppression motions, bail reviews,
       plea negotiations, change of plea proceedings, and


                                                                                                    San Diego County District Attorney   
                                                     ResTiTUTion enfoRCeMenT/
                                                     ViCTiM seRViCes DiVision

        CoMing to tHe ResCUe…again

        In 1995, Victim Assistance staff member
        Kitty Wall assisted with a case involving
        the murder of a young woman in Chula
        Vista, providing funeral assistance,
        counseling, and loss support for the
        victim’s surviving spouse and children.
        In 2006, this cold case was prosecuted
        and two defendants were brought to trial
        and sentenced to 11 years in prison. More
        then a decade later, Ms. Wall was there to
        support the victim’s family once again.

0   2006 Annual Report
       T    he Restitution Enforcement/Victim Services
            Division provides and arranges critical
       services meeting the material, emotional and
       information needs of victims and witnesses.                      sexuAl AssAult resPonse
       During 2006, these services reached 10,820 victims                     teAM AwArD
       of violent crime. That’s nearly 2,000 more victims
                                                                      Cyndi Forsythe received the SART Award
       than the year before.                                          in 2006 for her passion and dedication.

Victim Advocates provided 4,232 crisis
interventions in 2006, attended court
746 times and worked with 2,899                                   April, recognizing especially courageous victims
                                                                  and people who performed noteworthy acts
assault victims.                                                  assisting victims.

       In 2006, the Restitution Claims Unit processed 950
                                                                  The Victim Assistance Program received high marks
       claims from victims of violent crimes and 2,856 bills
                                                                  from the State of California, when it was audited in
       from service providers, and paid $1.52 million to
                                                                  2006. The division also received a generous Parole
       victims from the State Victim Compensation Fund.
                                                                  Advocacy Program grant from the Governor’s Office
                                                                  of Emergency Services to assist victims in the parole
       The Restitution Recovery Unit handled 1,231 cases,
                                                                  revocation process.
       assisted 337 victims, obtained restitution fines
       totaling over $1 million, and helped secure restitution
                                                                  Led by Division Director Kim-Thoa Hoang and VAP
       orders totaling over $459,000 payable to the state
                                                                  Director Cindy Charlebois, the division reached
       and $2.98 million payable to victims.
                                                                  several milestones during 2006. The Division created
                                                                  the San Diego County District Attorney’s Emergency
       The work done by staff in this division allows
                                                                  Relief Fund, which helps victims of crime who
       for faster and more complete recovery from the
                                                                  otherwise may not quality for state assistance.
       effects of crime-- with services ranging from crisis
                                                                  Staff members also participated in a ride-a-long
       intervention, referrals, counseling, claim submission,
                                                                  with California Border Patrol agents, providing
       and court support.
                                                                  information to agents on assisting victims of human
                                                                  trafficking, child abuse, and gangs.
       As experts on restitution issues, attorneys, paralegals,
       and the senior probation officer in the division either
       handled or provided direct assistance to District
       Attorney staff and victims in 2,395 cases affecting
       more than $43 million in restitution.
                                                                        Restitution Enforcement/
       In the Victim Assistance Program (VAP), Victim                   victim Services Division
       Advocates provided 4,232 crisis interventions in 2006,           2006 Staffing
       attended court 746 times, provided information
       about the criminal justice system to 5,479 people,               Attorneys                               2
                                                                        Paralegals                             13
       worked with 538 homicide survivors and 2,899
                                                                        VAP Director                            1
       assault victims.
                                                                        Victim Advocates                       19
                                                                        Clerical Support                        5
       VAP personnel also provided the primary
       organizational support for the District Attorney’s               TOTAL                                  40
       successful Citizens of Courage Awards luncheon in

                                                                                                  San Diego County District Attorney   
                            seX CRiMes AnD
                            sTAlking DiVision

                          The Sex Crimes and Stalking Division
                          has maintained a conviction rate of
                          96 percent through its commitment
                          to keeping the community safe from
                          sex offenders.

   2006 Annual Report
T    he Sex Crimes and Stalking Division is composed
     of a highly-trained and specialized team of
Deputy District Attorneys, Investigators, Paralegals
and Secretaries dedicated to the aggressive and just
prosecution of perpetrators of sexual assault and
stalking crimes.

The Division also treats the victims of those serious
crimes with compassion, dignity, and respect. Guided
by Division Chief Summer Stephan, the division led the
State in proactively prosecuting and utilizing cutting    parole, probation and the Sexual Assault Felony
edge technology including GPS (Global Positioning         Enforcement Task Force toward the prevention of sex
Satellite) to vigorously prosecute and enforce the        crimes through community education. An educational
registration requirement of sex offenders.                conference on the often-deadly crime of stalking was
                                                          held by the division in 2006, along with the National
The Division is also committed to protecting the          Stalking Center and Family Justice Center.
community from sexually violent predators by the
strict application of the law to commit those qualified   The division was honored during 2006 to actively
predators, and by notifying and informing the public      participate in the Governor’s Task Force for High Risk
about any anticipated releases of sexually violent        Sex Offenders and Sexually Violent Predators, which
predators. In addition, the division has joined other     produced recommendations that have statewide
community partners to combat human trafficking            impact on maximizing the safety of our communities.
focused on sexual exploitation.
                                                          People v. Christopher Smith
The Sex Crimes and Stalking Division has maintained a     The defendant was a UPS driver who entered a
conviction rate of 96 percent through its commitment      nursing student’s home in the University City
to keeping the community safe from sex offenders.         area and sexually assaulted her at knife-point. The
                                                          attacker was convicted by jury of all counts and was
The division strengthened its partnership with the        sentenced under the one strike rape law to 53 years-
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to make      to-life in prison.
San Diego County the first recipient of 80 GPS anklets
to track high risk sex offender parolees 24 hours
a day, seven days a week. The division’s attorneys               SEx CRIMES AND STAlkING
also worked to increase the number of sex offenders              DIvISION
tracked by GPS to 143 parolees.
                                                                 2006 Staffing
The division also continued working with its partners            Attorneys                              15
in law enforcement including the sheriff, police,                Investigators                           5
                                                                 Paralegals                              4
                                                                 Support Staff                           6

                                                                 Total                                 30
                   sArt AwArD
                                                                 2006 Felony Conviction Rate
       Deputy District Attorney Dwayne Moring
       received the 2006 Sexual Assault Response
                                                                 Cases Received                      395
       Team Award for “Response with a Heart” for
       his dedicated prosecution, and compassionate              Cases Issued                        255
       treatment of victims of sexual assault.                   Cases to Trial                       54
                                                                 Conviction Rate                    96%

                                                                                          San Diego County District Attorney   
                          sUPeRioR CoURT DiVision

   2006 Annual Report
      T    he Superior Court Division prosecutes some
           of the most challenging cases in the District
      Attorney’s Office—cases like kidnapping, assaults,
      robberies, attempted murders, and murders. The
      division is one of the largest in the office and is
      responsible for taking felony cases to trial that
      are not handled by one of the other divisions.
      By the time these cases reach Superior Court
      Division, it usually means it will be going to trial.

The Superior Court Division’s                                 The division also staffs various calendar

Major Violators Unit prosecutes                               departments in Superior Court involving
                                                              sentencing hearings, motion hearings, restitution
criminals with extensive felony                               hearings and second arraignments following

backgrounds.                                                  preliminary hearings.

                                                              In one high profile case prosecuted in 2006, Havel
      During 2006, the Superior Court Division handled
                                                              Ravin was found stabbed to death in his home. With
      more than 4,000 felony defendants, and had a
                                                              no eyewitnesses available, prosecutors had to rely
      felony conviction rate of 90%. The division had
                                                              upon DNA evidence, bloody shoe prints and a single
      a change in leadership in 2006 when Division
                                                              shoe left at the scene to prove their case. Despite
      Chief Andrea Freshwater took over for DDA Dan
                                                              the presence of unidentified blood as well as the
      Lamborn. The Assistant Chief in the Superior
                                                              defendant’s blood, the jury returned a verdict of first
      Court Division is Victor Nunez.
                                                              degree murder against the defendant who is serving
                                                              a sentence of 26 years-to-life in prison.
      Within the division is the Major Violators Unit,
      which prosecutes criminals with an extensive
      felony background, serial bank robbers and other
      defendants charged with numerous, serious
      felonies who are facing extraordinarily long
      prison sentences.

                                                                    Appellate and Training
                 Motion Picture                                     2006 Staffing
             AssociAtion of AMericA
                  AwArD 00                                        Attorneys                               25
                                                                    Investigators                           12
             Deputy District Attorney Danielle Hickman
             received an award from the MPAA for her                Paralegals                              12
             efforts in successfully prosecuting six                Support Staff                           32
             defendants selling pirated music and movies.
                                                                    TOTAL                                   81

                                                                                               San Diego County District Attorney   
      sPeCiAl oPeRATions

   2006 Annual Report
T    he Special Operations Division investigates
     complex cases involving misuse of public funds,
political corruption, hate crimes and misconduct of
government officials including police officers. The
division reviews all officer-involved shootings and
in-custody deaths.

During 2006, the division had more than 100 open
investigations. That same year, the division began
utilizing the criminal grand jury for investigation
of public corruption and violations of election laws.
Division Chief Julie Korsmeyer and Assistant Chief
David Williams have made the public integrity
area of law an integral part of the Special
Operations Division.

Hate crime cases are also handled by the Special
Operations Division. In 2006, People v. Carroll, was     SPECIAl OPERATIONS DIvISION
successfully prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney
                                                         2006 Staffing
Oscar Garcia. Three defendants attacked three
victims with a baseball bat while yelling anti-gay       Attorneys                           9
slurs near the Gay Pride Festival in Balboa Park.        Investigators                      15
                                                         Paralegals                          6
The attackers pleaded guilty—the ringleader was
                                                         Support Staff                       6
sentenced to 11 years in prison.
                                                         TOTAL                              36

The division’s Professional Standards Unit handles
                                                         2006 Felony Conviction Rate
all in-house investigations and background checks
for potential employees. During 2006, the unit           Cases Received                    25
performed 335 such background checks meeting             Cases Issued                      22
standardized policy and procedure.                       Cases to Trial                     1
                                                         Conviction Rate                100%
In addition, the division has Tribal and International
Liaisons, who are called upon to assist with cases in
other DA divisions or branches.

       Prosecutor of the YeAr                              investigAtor of the YeAr
            AwArD 00                                            AwArD 00

              Deputy District Attorney                     Deputy District Attorney Investigator
                   David Rubin                                   Richard “Buck” Henry

       San Diego Deputy District Attorneys                 San Diego Deputy District Attorneys
                  Association                                         Association


                                                                                 San Diego County District Attorney   

             ethics                                             diversity
             We hold ourselves to the highest standard of       We are committed to diversity, and recognize the
             integrity and personal and professional conduct.   significant and valuable contributions to our Mission
                                                                from our employees and the community we serve.
             We treat each other and all members of the
             public with dignity and respect.
                                                                We are committed to teamwork in achieving our
                                                                mission, and acknowledge that, as employees of the
                                                                District Attorney we are also members of the San Diego
             We accept a shared responsibility for ensuring
                                                                County Team, and we embrace its motto, “the noblest
             sound fiscal management, operational efficiency
                                                                motive is the public good.”
             and continuous improvement.

                                                                Community partnership
             support for Victims
                                                                We advocate and support the building of strong and
             We will show compassion and understanding to
                                                                viable partnerships with law enforcement, all members
             the victims of crime and their families.
                                                                of the criminal justice systems and the community we
                                                                serve for the purpose of achieving the highest level of
                                                                public safety for our citizens.

                                                                We will be open and forthright in our communications
                                                                with each other and all those with whom we come
                                                                in contact.
   2006 Annual Report
Communications director: Paul Levikow
editor: Steve Walker
photography: Tim Tadder
design: Màximo, Inc.
                                        San Diego County District Attorney   
     Main office                   south bay office                   Juvenile office
     Hall of Justice               South Bay Regional Center          2851 Meadow Lark Drive
     330 W. Broadway               500 3rd Avenue                     San Diego, CA 92123
     San Diego, CA 92101           Chula Vista, CA 92010              (858) 694-4250
     (619) 531-4040                (619) 691-4695                     FAX: (858) 694-4774
     FAX: (619) 237-1351           FAX: (619) 691-4420

     el cajon office               vista office                       sandiegoda.com
     East County Regional Center   North County Regional Center
     250 E. Main Street            325 S. Melrose Drive, Suite 5000   Printed using Asset Forfeiture Funds
     El Cajon, CA 92020            Vista, CA 92081
     (619) 441-4588                (760) 806-4004
     FAX: (619) 441-4095           FAX: (760) 806-4162

     2006 Annual Report

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