Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 12, 2010

O'Malley seeks election to county DA post

Appointed to succeed Orloff last year, she wants voters' OK

by Jeb Bing

Nancy O'Malley filed papers this week to put her name on the June 8 ballot for election as Alameda County District Attorney, the position she was appointed to fill last September when long-time D.A. Tom Orloff retired.

With her appointment by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, O'Malley became the first female District Attorney in the history of the office.

O'Malley served as an Alameda County prosecutor for 25 years and prosecuted thousands of felony cases from child sexual assault to murder before being promoted to Chief Assistant District Attorney under Orloff. Last year, she prosecuted the case against three defendants on a crime spree, which included the shooting of Christopher Rodriguez, the 10-year-old boy who was shot and paralyzed while taking his piano lesson in Oakland.

"I am committed to the pursuit of justice and that is why I am running," O'Malley said. "Over the course of my career, I have worked tirelessly on behalf of victims of crime. I am proud to be a nationally recognized expert on the advancement of victims' rights and have successfully changed laws to expand the rights of victims."

O'Malley led the creation of the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC), a one-stop shop for victims of family violence, sexual assault, elder abuse as well as child abuse and sexual, commercial exploitation of minors.

Most recently, she introduced H.E.A.T. Watch, a multi-tiered program designed to protect and rescue minors who are victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

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