June 2021 Newsletter

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Newsletter  |  June 15, 2021

DA-NL202106-Elder Abuse

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Watch District Attorney George Gascón speak about the importance of recognizing and reporting elder abuse. Click here.

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A recent change in California law allows prosecutors to reopen closed cases and ask a court to resentence an individual who no longer poses a danger to the community. This new legal authority gives prosecutors the ability to recall a sentence in the interest of justice.

Under District Attorney George Gascón, the office has undertaken a massive effort to review and evaluate criminal cases for possible resentencing. As many as 20,000 cases from Los Angeles County may be eligible for resentencing under the law.

If you have questions about the law, what types of cases are being considered, how the process works and how those affected are being notified, visit: http://da.lacounty.gov/resentencing

DA-NL202106-Pride Month

To watch District Attorney George Gascón’s Pride Month message, click here

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LADA staffers volunteered at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank last month, assembling 8,100 meals, and donated more than $7,500, which will pay for about 30,000 meals for children and seniors in need. The effort was part of the annual Food From the Bar campaign led by the Los Angeles legal community to benefit the food bank.

Child Abduction Unit Reunites Father, Daughter

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LEFT: Senior Investigators Claudia Rodriguera and Vince Albo look on as Herb Legall III reunites with his daughter. RIGHT: Legall hugs his daughter.

Clutching a fuzzy stuffed bunny, the 5-year-old girl peered at her father whom she had not seen since she was 2. His worries that she wouldn't remember him quickly vanished.

“I love you, daddy,” she said before rushing into his arms.

“I broke out in tears,” Herb Legall III said, recounting the April 29 reunion. “It was an awesome moment, and one I had been waiting for, for years.”

The successful reunion was the result of the hard work of the office’s Child Abduction Unit. Senior Investigator Jennifer Martin led the case. Sgt. Andy Le and Senior Investigator Claudia Rodriguera, who comprise the unit with Martin were at the recovery, along with Senior Investigators Steve Lasiter, Bob Anderson, Vince Albo and Lou Santaella.

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Congratulations to the deputy district attorneys, investigators and support staff members who were honored recently by the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County (POALAC).

The honorees were recognized for outstanding investigative work, untangling a multilayered fraud scheme, aiding in a cold case murder probe and organizing a training program designed to improve the safety of first responders and people living with mental illness.


DA-NL202106-Research Page

District Attorney’s Office policies are based on research, science and data. To explore the studies behind the policies, click here to visit our website’s Research page.

D.A. Investigator Recognized for Military Service


Senior Investigator Edgar Murguia was honored May 29 by Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger at her annual Tribute to Veterans and Military Families.

Murguia served in the United States Marine Corps from 1996 to 2004. He was a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy before joining LADA in 2007.

“This is a well-earned recognition for Senior Investigator Murguia,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “His bravery and his service to our country deserve the respect of everyone in the office. We greatly appreciate the many sacrifices he and his family have made for our country.”

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District Attorney George Gascón took part in a virtual forum with Long Beach officials and community members on May 26 to discuss diversion and alternatives to incarceration. Also participating (clockwise from the left) were Jose Osuna of the Long Beach Coalition for Safety & Justice, Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert, Mayor Robert Garcia and coalition member Jada Johnson.


DA-NL202103-Sig Cases

Man Charged With Domestic Violence Kidnapping, Murder of Good Samaritan

Man Charged in Vaccination Card Theft

Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Perjury

DA-NL202103-LADA in the news

It’s too easy to sentence Black people to death in California. Time to make it harder – Sacramento Bee

A New Volunteer Board Is Looking at How L.A. County Can Better Serve Crime Victims – Los Angeles Magazine

DA-NL202106-BOI Hiring