Reporter covering courts and justice for the Oakland Tribune and Bay Area News Group. Email me at mfraley@bayareanewsgroup.com

Final defendant sentenced in grisly murder of Martinez teen

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/02/2012 02:57:55 PM PDT Updated: 11/02/2012 04:27:56 PM PDT MARTINEZ -- The last defendant charged in the torture-murder of an 18-year-old Martinez man was sentenced this week, closing the case that shocked the community from the moment the youth's badly beaten body was found dumped on the side of a rural road four days before Christmas 2009.

Bay Area public defenders rally for Black Lives Matter

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 12/18/2014 12:50:15 PM PST Updated: 12/18/2014 01:00:33 PM PST OAKLAND -- Bay Area public defenders rallied at county courthouses on Thursday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and a nationwide call for accountability in cases of police brutality. Following protests in the Bay Area and across the country since a grand jury on Nov.

Livermore man gets 30 years for sex abuse

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 12/12/2014 05:10:29 PM PST Updated: 12/12/2014 05:10:30 PM PST HAYWARD -- A 39-year-old Livermore man was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing a young relative. David Charles Garrison pleaded no contest in November to 12 felony sex crimes against a girl under age 14.

Oakland: Army veteran gets 5 years in prison for 1974 cold case murder

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 12/12/2014 03:16:55 PM PST Updated: 12/12/2014 03:16:55 PM PST OAKLAND -- The violent 1974 murder and sexual assault of 13-year-old Julie McElhiney in her Oakland home haunts many.

Arbitrator upholds firing of former BART officer over night Oscar Grant was killed

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 12/09/2014 03:13:07 PM PST Updated: 12/09/2014 03:13:07 PM PST OAKLAND -- The firing of the lead BART officer the night Oscar Grant III was shot and killed at the Fruitvale Station has been upheld by an arbitrator's ruling, a BART spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

Oakland: Ex-Bakery member gets 20 years for kidnapping after life sentence reversal

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 12/08/2014 11:06:24 AM PST Updated: 12/08/2014 04:19:31 PM PST OAKLAND -- A former member of the Your Black Muslim Bakery has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his participation in the kidnapping and torture of a woman in 2007, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

CHP busts huge Thanksgiving eve sideshow at Port of Oakland

mercurynews.com — Posted: 11/27/2014 10:43:56 AM PST Updated: 11/27/2014 11:21:22 AM PST OAKLAND -- The California Highway Patrol raided a large sideshow gathering at the Port of Oakland late Wednesday night at which officers detained more than a 100 motorists. The CHP on Thursday morning could not immediately comment on how many people were arrested or cited.

Zambia judges, prosecutors visit East Bay in effort to protect children from sex abuse

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/28/2014 12:00:00 AM PST OAKLAND -- The Republic of Zambia continues to make strides in its fight against childhood sexual abuse and gender-based crimes with a helping hand from the Bay Area.

170 people arrested in three nights of Oakland demonstrations over Ferguson killing

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/27/2014 03:10:37 PM PST Updated: 11/27/2014 03:18:48 PM PST OAKLAND -- Oakland police say 35 people were arrested late Wednesday at the third consecutive night of protests over a Missouri grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer with killing a black teenager.

CHP busts huge Thanksgiving Eve sideshow at Port of Oakland

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/27/2014 10:44:29 AM PST Updated: 11/27/2014 10:44:30 AM PST OAKLAND -- The California Highway Patrol raided a large sideshow gathering at the Port of Oakland late Wednesday night at which officers detained more than a 100 motorists. The CHP on Thursday morning could not immediately comment on how many people were arrested or cited.
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Dec 20, 2014

RT @DMJreports: Eventually, 4 ppl pleaded guilty or were convicted in the brutal 2009 torture and murder of Eric Bean bit.ly/1AGAb94 @malaikafraley

Dec 20, 2014

RT @DMJreports: #Martinez teen killed on 5th anniversary of her brother's brutal murder bit.ly/1AGz8pw @daviddebolt Earlier: bit.ly/1AGzb4B

Dec 20, 2014

RT @mrdaveyd: RT @HighYellowThght: She's a former student of mine who is missing in OAK. Her name is Janala Poindexter. pic.twitter.com/mmSSUnHK74

Dec 20, 2014

RT @ShineTRodriguez: @malaikafraley I'm a Paralympic swimmer living with #hydrocephalus. Can you RT and support? You can also follow me on @ThomasRoBeltran

Dec 18, 2014

Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods introduces moment of silence at #BlackLivesMatter rally in #Oakland tout.com/m/wq6m4d?ref=t…

Dec 18, 2014

Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods speaks at #BlackLivesMatter rally at #Oakland courthouse 12/18 tout.com/m/i0kse8?ref=t…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BBCNewsUS: Judge overturns conviction of 14-year-old black boy executed for murder more than 70 years ago bbc.in/1zzUJjS pic.twitter.com/uEmubsTZxD

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