#ThePeople’sOffice: Week 75
This Week in Justice in Pima County,
- Just as our new Fraud Unit reached its one-year anniversary, the team is hitting an impressive milestone of $1 million in restitution ordered for victims. Julia Kaiserman has returned to the Office to lead the Fraud Unit. As one of the original three attorneys when CART (Coalition Against Retail Theft) was formed, Julia will bring that historical knowledge as our Fraud Unit continues to grow. More on these exciting developments HERE.
- On Tuesday night, I watched the City proclaim “June 19 – Juneteenth – to be a second American Independence Day.” PCAO is very happy to be part of the board developing the Juneteenth Celebration for 2022, and we will be out celebrating at Kennedy Park on Saturday, June 18 at the Kennedy Park Stage Arena, 3700 S. Mission Road. Please join us at this family friendly event designed for EVERYONE, as Board Chair Larry Starks proclaimed!
- I was at that same Mayor and Council meeting on Tuesday night as well to personally thank the Mayor, Council, City Attorney Mike Rankin, and TPD Chief Chad Kasmar for their work to bravely revise TPD general orders in preparation for the fall of Roe v. Wade. The City and County are coming together to find every possible solution to make sure ALL our people are safe and healthy.
- Vicki Otto of our Special Victims Unit completed the 100th jury trial of her career this week. These are 100 of the most difficult and challenging cases handled in our office – crimes against children. Vicki’s sensitive approach and complete ownership of the preparation and execution of the trials is a blessing to these innocent young victims, to whom she offers a chance to regain at least a small measure of control over their lives and destinies.
- The lead attorney for our Civil Division’s Health Law Unit, Jonathan Pinkney, was appointed to NACCHO’s Public Health Law Workgroup last year and is currently involved in organizing the first national practice-focused gathering for public health law practitioners, to be held in Chicago in August. The mission of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is to improve the health of communities by strengthening and advocating for local health departments. More here: https://virtualcommunities.naccho.org/phlawpractitionersconvening/about
To be continued…