District Attorney’s Office to hold 10th annual Justice Awards 

District Attorney George Gascón will recognize National Crime Victims' Rights Week by holding the 10th annual Justice Awards on in The City on Thursday, according to spokesman Max Szabo.

The awards are meant to highlight the accomplishments of the District Attorney's Office's victim services unit and to honor the people and organizations that were instrumental in the prosecution of the big cases of 2013.

"The Justice Awards are an opportunity to honor community members, prosecutors, investigators and police officers for protecting and supporting victims of crime," Gascón said. "These outstanding men and women went the extra mile to ensure justice prevailed."

This year's Justice Awards will honor the people responsible for the successful prosecutions in the cases of Mia Sagote, the woman convicted of burning a homeless woman to death at Candlestick Park; Anthony Taylor, a Westmob gang member convicted of two counts of attempted murder after opening fire on a man he thought was a snitch twice in 2009; and the blessing scam, a racket organized by an international crime ring that preyed upon elderly Cantonese-speaking San Franciscans.

In that case, victim Peiyee Lam Zhao, who was scammed out of $1,800 and a necklace, confronted the suspect who scammed her about a week later, holding onto the suspect's purse until the suspect abandoned it. The evidence in that purse led to several arrests and successful prosecutions.

The awards will run from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Milton Marks Conference Center in the State building at 455 Golden Gate Avenue.

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