Justice Journal

Justice Journal

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

Episodes

October 4, 2018 16 min

Description: Learn how the power of DNA forensic science and technology have cracked cold cases.  DA Anne Marie Schubert shares her passion for DNA forensics and highlights cold cases from the 70s and 80s, including the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer. 

Show Notes: District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert is nationally known for forensic DNA and cold case prosecutions.  Schubert talks about her background, experience and passion ...

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Description: How the cold case prosecution for the 1980 murders of two UC Davis students unfolded over 30+ years.  Part 1 gives background and history of the case - who the victims were, what happened to them - and takes you through the early investigation from 1980 to 2002. 

Show Notes: The lead prosecutor, Dawn Bladet, and investigator, Ron Garverick, discuss the cold case prosecution of Richard Hirschfield.  In 1980, Hirschf...

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Description: How the cold case prosecution for the 1980 murders of two UC Davis students unfolded over 30+ years.  Part 2 picks up with the 2002 DNA hit to an unknown suspect, Richard Hirschfield, the new investigation that followed and preparing the case for a capital murder trial. 

Show Notes: The big break in the case came in 2002 when a DNA sample from a blanket at the crime scene provided a DNA hit to Richard Hirschfield. ...

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Description: How the cold case prosecution for the 1980 murders of two UC Davis students unfolded over 30+ years.  Part 3 talks through the trial - from evidence presented, including a suicide note, to witnesses to closing arguments and then - the jury’s verdict.  

Show Notes: Bladet talks through the trial process – from the many pre-trial motions, evidence presented, to witnesses testimony to closing arguments and when the ca...

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Description: How the cold case prosecution for the 1980 murders of two UC Davis students unfolded over 30+ years.  Part 4 concludes with the sentencing phase – the sentence, reaction and impact on the victims’ families and final thoughts from Bladet and Garverick on the case.

Show Notes: The court process was not over after the jury returned its verdict.  In capital cases, there is a sentencing phase to determine if the death p...

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Description: Crime Lab Director Chip Pollock shares his background and career path to his current role.  He gives an overview of the Crime Lab, including what’s unique about the lab, the main areas of analysis conducted, who and how requests/evidence is submitted for analysis and the role of a Crime Lab in criminal cases.

Show Notes: Chip shares how he started down the road of science, his education, how he got interested in crimin...

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Description: Crime Lab Director Chip Pollock talks about criminalists (their education, training, experience), responsibilities criminalists have outside the lab, the lab’s state-of-the-art equipment and how it is used, how real the Hollywood version of CSI and forensic science is to true life, how those interested in the field can start on that path and the Crime Lab Youth Shadow Day. 

Show Notes: Chip explains how criminalists ar...

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Description: How the Community & Government Relations Division is working in, and with, the community.  Programs and partnerships are highlighted, including an introduction to a specific example involving a Memorandum of Understanding with Motel 6. 

Show Notes: Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Natalia Luna gives an overview of the Community & Government Relations (CGR) Division and the units within the division, inc...

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Description: How the Community Prosecution Unit partnered with local public agencies to create a Memorandum of Understanding with Motel 6 to resolve crime and quality of life issues while also investing in crime prevention and helping victims.

 

Show Notes: Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Natalia Luna and community prosecutors Deputy District Attorney Ron Linthicum and Deputy District Attorney Joy Smiley discuss the initia...

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Description: A conversation with City of Refuge Co-Founder and Refuge Housing Director Rachelle Ditmore on how the organization started, what they do and who they serve, the importance of community outreach, their partnership with the District Attorney’s Office and being a beneficiary of the District Attorney’s Public Safety and Community Improvement Fund.

 

Show Notes: Rachelle Ditmore, co-founder and Refuge Housing director of Ci...

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Description: DA Anne Marie Schubert leads a discussion on how using genetic genealogy in criminal cases has revolutionized fighting violent crime.  Topics include background on the first case to use this tool (Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist) to the general process, other successful cases across the nation, training other jurisdictions and implementing a best practices model.

 

Show Notes: District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert...

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Description: District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert moderated a panel on examples of heroes in humanity within our community.  Panelists are Brother to Brother Co-Founder Mervin Brookins, Elk Grove Police Chief Bryan Noblett, La Familia Counseling Center Executive Director Rachel Rios and Shiloh Baptist Church Pastor Anthony Sadler.  

 

Show Notes: The 20th Annual Public Safety & Community Appreciation Luncheon was held on May 3...

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Title – Cold Case: Examining the Late 1970s Rape And Murder of Sharon Wilcoxson (Pt. 1) - Justice Journal Episode 13

Description: Examination of the late 1970s cold case rape/murder of Sharon Wilcoxson that unfolded over 30 years.  Guests are Sharon’s sister, DA Anne Marie Schubert, a DA investigator and two retired law enforcement investigators who worked the case.

Show Notes: Twenty-year-old Sharon Wilcoxson was raped and murder...

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Title – Cold Case: Examining the Late 1970s Rape And Murder of Sharon Wilcoxson (Pt. 2) - Justice Journal Episode 14

Description: Examination of the late 1970s cold case rape/murder of Sharon Wilcoxson that unfolded over 30 years.  Guests are Sharon’s sister, DA Anne Marie Schubert, a DA investigator and two retired law enforcement investigators who worked the case.

Show Notes: Twenty-year-old Sharon Wilcoxson was raped and murder...

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Description:How the DA’s Office and law enforcement work with businesses and residents along the Stockton Boulevard corridor to resolve and deter quality of life crimes.   Guests are the Partnership’s Executive Director Frank Louie, DA Community Prosecutor Leslie Kolb and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Johnny Lee. 

Show Notes: Frank Louie gives his personal and professional background and explains what the Stockton Boulevard Pa...

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Title –Online Child Sexual Predators: How Kids, Parents Can Be Internet, Social Media Smart- (pt.1) Justice Journal Episode 16

 

Description: Learn about the latest cyber threats kids are up against today, and how to prevent them from becoming victims of online sexual predators.  Guests are Principal Criminal Attorney Leland Washington, Sheriff’s Detective Christie Hirota, and Scott Meyer from Folsom High School.

Christie starts wi...

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Title –Online Child Sexual Predators: How Kids, Parents Can Be Internet, Social Media Smart (pt. 2)- Justice Journal Episode 17

 

Description: Learn about the latest cyber threats kids are up against today, and how to prevent them from becoming victims of online sexual predators.  Guests are Principal Criminal Attorney Leland Washington, Sheriff’s Detective Christie Hirota, and Scott Meyer from Folsom High School.

Christie starts w...

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Description: Brother to Brother Co-Founder Mervin Brookins along with District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn talk about the trust and partnership they have developed, and how they are working together to address public safety challenges, improve the lives of individuals and create healthier, safer neighborhoods throughout Sacramento.

 

Show Notes: Mervin starts by telling listeners about himse...

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Description: Brother to Brother Co-Founder Mervin Brookins along with District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn talk about the trust and partnership they have developed, and how they are working together to address public safety challenges, improve the lives of individuals and create healthier, safer neighborhoods throughout Sacramento.

 

Show Notes: Mervin starts by telling listeners about himse...

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Description: An examination of the 1999 hate crimes spree by the Williams Brothers with arson attacks on three Sacramento area Synagogues, the arson of a Sacramento abortion clinic and a double-murder in Shasta County. Guests talk through how these crimes were all linked and how the cases unfolded.  Guests are US Attorney McGregor Scott, DA Anne Marie Schubert, Judge Steven Lapham Supervising Criminalist Faye Springer, Retired ATF ...

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