​For release on February 22, 2016   CONTACT:
Sean Webby
Public Communications Officer
(408) 792-2997   DA TO GIVE STATE OF THE OFFICE SPEECH, ANNUAL AWARDS     Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen this Thursday will give his annual State of the Office Speech and will preside over the Office’s Annual Awards.   The public event will be held on February 25, 2016 at 3:30 P.M. in the Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium at 70 W. Hedding St. in San Jose.   The awards are intended to recognize superlative work by the Office’s prosecutors, investigators, criminalists, paralegals, and support staff. Each year, the Office also recognizes a courageous crime victim. This year’s award will be given to a Gilroy man who was brutally beaten, tortured with pliers, and robbed. Gary Wise steadfastly testified about his horrific ordeal through three trials and waited almost five years until justice was finally done. Each one of the three adult defendants received life in prison.    The awards, named after prominent people who have left their mark on the Office over the years, include:   • Napoleon J. Menard Award for Felony Trial Advocacy • Robert L. Webb Award for Misdemeanor Trial Advocacy • Clayton L. Haupert Excellence Award for a Non-Trial Attorney • Lowell W. Bradford Achievement of Excellence Award for Crime Lab Division • Robert Drexel Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Investigations Unit • Paralegal Excellence Award • Legal Support Award of Excellence   Please come join us to honor this brave crime victim and the District Attorney’s employees whose hard work, dedication, and talent have helped this Office serve the people of Santa Clara County.     ###

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