Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom today signed into law three bills that focus on improving protections for California’s workers around mental health and post-traumatic stress for the state’s firefighters and first responders. The bills will create peer support programs, add post-traumatic stress suffered on the job as an “injury” for worker’s compensation purposes and ensure emergency services remain under public management for appropriate and consistent response to emergency situations.

Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom today signed AB 378 by Assemblymember Monique Limόn (D-Santa Barbara) giving child care workers the right to join a union and collectively bargain with the state. This legislation will allow an estimated 40,000 child care workers who provide care in home settings to join care providers in 11 other states who are able to negotiate with the state for improvements to the early childhood education system.

Sacramento, California - U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott and Special Agent-in-Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI’s Sacramento Division Thursday announced that the independent federal review into the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark on March 18, 2018, found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal civil rights charges against the Sacramento Police Department officers involved. Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI met today with Clark’s family to inform them of this decision. 

Sacramento, California - Monday, U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb sentenced William Lamar Blessett, 40, of North Highlands, to 20 years in prison for possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. The 20-year sentence includes 18 years for Blessett’s December 5, 2018, jury trial conviction, and an additional 2 years for violating his terms of supervised release. Particularly, while on federal supervised release for a 2008 child pornography conviction, Blessett was caught and convicted again in this case for possessing child pornography.

Sacramento, California - A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Thursday against Dezmaighne McClain, 28, of Sacramento, charging him with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Aliso Viejo, California - Avanir Pharmaceuticals (Avanir), a pharmaceutical manufacturer based in Aliso Viejo, California, was charged for paying kickbacks to a physician to induce prescriptions of its drug Nuedexta, the Department of Justice announced today.  The Northern District of Ohio also announced indictments of four individuals, including former Avanir employees and one of the top prescribers of Nuedexta in the country, who were involved in the kickback scheme.  Avanir has also agreed to pay over $95 million to resolve civil False Claims Act allegations of kickbacks as well as its false and misleading marketing of Nuedexta to providers in long term care facilities to induce them to prescribe it for behaviors commonly associated with dementia patients, which is not an approved use of the drug.