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Brown Fights to Solve Violent Crimes with DNA Collected from Adults Arrested for Felonies

Office of the Attorney General

SAN FRANCISCO - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. continued his fight today against an attack on the state's innovative use of DNA to identify suspects of violent crimes, asserting that "DNA is the fingerprint of the 21st century."

In an argument before the federal court of appeals in San Francisco, Brown's office defended the state's voter-mandated collection of DNA from adults arrested for felonies.

"California is at the forefront of solving crimes through new and innovative uses of DNA technology, and I intend to do everything in my power to defend the state's ability to reduce crime by collecting DNA from those arrested for felonies," Brown said. "So far, DNA collected from arrestees has led to the identification of suspects in more than 970 rapes, murders and other very serious crimes," Brown added.

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California's Familial DNA Search Program Identifies Suspected "Grim Sleeper" Serial Killer

Office of the Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced today that California's ground-breaking familial DNA search program -- enacted in April 2008 -- led to the identification and arrest of the man accused of being the "Grim Sleeper" serial murderer.

"This arrest provides proof positive that familial DNA searches must be a part of law enforcement's crime-fighting arsenal. Although the adoption of this new state policy was unprecedented and controversial, in certain cases, it is the only way to bring a dangerous killer to justice," Brown said.

"This is an extraordinary piece of detective work accomplished by our skilled forensics team at the Department of Justice," Brown added.

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Company That Claimed Its Cookware Cured Diabetes and Heart Disease Agrees to Pay Penalty

Office of the Attorney General

LOS ANGELES -- Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a settlement with Washington state-based Rena Ware International, Inc., which "made fraudulent and unethical claims" that its high-priced cookware could cure diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The company agreed to pay more than $600,000 in refunds and other fees.

"This company made fraudulent and unethical claims that its products cured serious diseases," Brown said. "Their illegal, high-pressure sales tactics preyed on the fears of vulnerable Californians."

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Brown's Agents Arrest Nine Suspects in Medi-Cal Fraud Scam

Office of the Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the arrests of nine people in a San Bernardino County Medi-Cal fraud case in which employees of a skilled nursing facility and their associates falsified documentation and "callously stole" more than $150,000 from patients and their families for their own personal use.

"This scam ripped off both senior citizens and our desperately needed public health funds," said Brown. "These thieves callously stole thousands of state dollars meant to be spent on seniors in this skilled nursing facility."

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Brown Cracks Down on the Sale of Jewelry Made of Highly Toxic Lead

Office of the Attorney General

OAKLAND - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a consumer alert warning of a "serious health hazard" after he demanded that retail stores Rainbow and 5-7-9 remove from their shelves jewelry with parts containing as much as 97% lead, a potentially fatal health hazard, especially for young children.

"This jewelry represents a serious health hazard," Brown said, "and it is especially dangerous if a child gets a hold of it and puts it in his or her mouth. Some of these bangles are almost solid lead. The jewelry must be banished from retailers' shelves once and for all."

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Brown Investigates Whether Tenants' Rights Are Violated in Foreclosures

SACRAMENTO - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today launched an investigation aimed at protecting the rights of the "forgotten victims" of the housing market collapse -- the tens of thousands of tenants facing eviction from buildings that have been foreclosed by banks.

"Tenants who live in properties in foreclosure are the forgotten victims of the collapse of the housing market," Brown said. "We'll fight every step of the way to ensure they aren't rousted from their homes in violation of the law."

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Brown Announces $173 Million Anti-Trust Settlement with Computer Chip Makers

Office of Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a $173 million settlement with six manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) computer chips who "conspired in an illegal global scheme to fix prices."

DRAM is a common form of memory chip that stores information temporarily for quick access. It is found in desktop computers, laptops, servers, printers and networking equipment such as routers and hubs. DRAM sales to major electronic manufacturers, including Dell, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard, exceed $5 billion a year in the United States and $17 billion worldwide.

"These companies conspired in an illegal global scheme to fix prices on chips used in computer equipment sold to consumers, schools and government offices," Brown said. "The large price tag of this settlement should serve as a warning that we will crack down on any manufacturers around the world that choose to gouge consumers through illegal price-fixing schemes."

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Investors Recover $1.4 Billion Under Settlement Forged by Attorney General Brown

Office of the Attorney General

SAN FRANCISCO - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown announced today that 3,500 investors, whose holdings in auction rate securities were frozen in the financial crisis of 2008, have recovered $1.4 billion through a settlement the Attorney General hammered out with Wells Fargo affiliates.

"We went to bat for people who believed their investments were like cash," Brown said, "but discovered after the financial meltdown that they couldn't get their hands on even a dime of their money for two long years. Now, because of the settlement, they have all of their money back."

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Brown Issues Warning about Rise of Short Sale Fraud

Office of the Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined the California Department of Real Estate and the State Bar of California to warn homeowners about an alarming rise in short sale fraud across California in a field "rife with scam artists".

A short sale is an arrangement in which a homeowner sells his or her home for less than the outstanding mortgage, with the consent of the lender.

"While short sales can provide homeowners with a last-ditch alternative to foreclosure, this market is rife with scam artists," Brown said. "Homeowners and buyers, agents, and lenders should beware of short sale negotiators who operate without licenses, use straw buyers or charge illegal fees."

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Sarah Palin Attacks!

Just 48 hours after the general election began, the right wing attacks have started. Yesterday, Sarah Palin went on TV and attacked Jerry Brown, falsely attributing his term in office with tax hikes and deficits, even saying he's part of the "foundation" of our current economic mess. What a joke.

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