The Japanese diplomat based in San Francisco who was accused of beating his wife repeatedly during their two-year-marriage appeared in court today where he reportedly pleaded no contest, which is the same as pleading guilty for felony cases. Yoshiaki Nagaya, 33, was has been charged with two count ... More >>
It's the moment the Mission District community has been awaiting: the sentencing of Frederick Dozier, Jr., the 31-year-old man convicted of attacking and violently raping three women last year. Dozier, a former San Francisco school district employee, was convicted last month on 25 counts of kidnap ... More >>
Authorities in North Carolina today arrested Wilfredo Reyes, the alleged MS-13 gang member who was in the car with Edwin Ramos the night Tony Bologna and two of his sons were murdered in June 2008.From the start, Ramos, who was convicted of first degree murder in May, claimed that Reyes pulled the t ... More >>
Binh Thai Luc, the suspect accused of killing five people at an Ingleside home on March 23 appeared in court today where he pleaded not guilty to all charges. Decked out in an orange sweatshirt and orange pants with a chain belt cuffing his hands at his waist, Luc, 35, slowly shook his head as Judg ... More >>
The snitch wants a new day in court. The MS-13 snitch who provided federal agents with information that led to the mega-indictment of the transnational gang -- and recorded alleged murder confessions that will be allowed as evidence in an upcoming Superior Court trial -- wants a new trial of his ... More >>
Judge: "It's always the coverup that makes the things worse than the problem to begin with"The San Francisco Police Department and District Attorney's Office are both implicated in allegations that a deliberate effort was made to conceal defects at the city's troubled forensics lab from state in ... More >>
A panel of state appeals-court judges has upheld a San Francisco Superior Court judge's order last month that District Attorney George Gascón release a secret memo describing problems with DNA analysis at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab.The decision appeared to remove the last barr ... More >>
AFP/Getty ImagesRockne HarmonA secret internal memo criticizing DNA analysis procedures at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab has become an issue in prosecutors' efforts to obtain a conviction based on DNA evidence in the grisly rape and murder of a San Francisco woman in 1976.San Fran ... More >>
Maurice Caldwell, almost a free man. A man whose 1991 murder conviction was overturned by a San Francisco judge in December will be set free after the district attorney dismissed the charges on Friday. After 20 years in prison, Maurice Caldwell will likely walk out a free man next week. Superior ... More >>
A prosecutor in the office of District Attorney George Gascón apologized last week to defense lawyers for his failure to turn over potentially exculpatory documents indicating that a mix-up of DNA samples took place at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab in 2008.Assistant District Atto ... More >>
A pair of MacGyver-esque identity thieves has pleaded guilty to implanting devices in gas pumps that stole customers' checking-account information, a scheme that state officials say brought in $90,000.The California Attorney General's office announced today that the men -- David Karapetyan and Zh ... More >>
Rockne HarmonDA's Office Denies Memo's Existence, But Prosecutor and DNA Expert Says He Wrote It in MarchOne of the nation's foremost DNA experts says he wrote an in-house report for the San Francisco District Attorney's office criticizing the DNA unit of the San Francisco Police Department Crime ... More >>
A kidnapping victim watched his case linger needlessly in court for years. In S.F., he has company.
SFPDOfficer Nick-Tomasito Birco, killed in 2006A somewhat bizarre trial four years after the death of San Francisco Police Office Nick-Tomasito Birco yesterday resulted in the murder conviction of one of his accused killers, Steven Petrilli. The 24-year-old was found guilty of first-degree murder ... More >>
Will face-recognition technology get an accused killer off the hook?
D.A. Kamala Harris has some explaining to doA San Francisco Superior Court judge has blamed San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris for the debacle that has grown out of misconduct at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab, saying Harris' office ignored its constitutional obligation ... More >>
Public Defender Jeff Adachi, pictured at a press conference last monthPublic Defender Jeff Adachi said this afternoon that he has serious misgivings about District Attorney Kamala Harris' appointment of a private attorney to review which cases of police officers' criminal misconduct should be dis ... More >>
As D.A. Kamala Harris campaigns to be attorney general, her success rate in felony trials has dropped below that of any big-city prosecutor in California.
This kind of behavior needs to be reported to a defense attorney. In San Francisco, it hasn't been. The District Attorney's office -- already reeling from cocaine-skimming crime lab tech Deborah Madden and her cohorts tossing narcotic evidence into an "unsecured cardboard box" -- now has a new pr ... More >>
Jamal Trulove, who enjoyed a brief bout of celebrity as an unsuccessful contestant on the VH1 reality TV show I Love New York 2 in 2007, was found guilty of first-degree murder in San Francisco Superior Court this afternoon.Jamal Trulove, a.k.a. 'Milliown'Trulove, known on the show as "Milliown," ... More >>
A San Francisco private investigator who works with criminal defense attorneys has been indicted on a felony count of dissuading a witness, a charge stemming from his alleged efforts to scare off a star witness in an attempted murder case last month.Steve Vender, in a 2007 SF Weekly photographSte ... More >>
A San Francisco jury convicted Phil Pitney, 19, of attempted murder Thursday, even after the victim he shot at was a no-show for the entire trial -- apparently because he was threatened by the defense attorney's investigator.The Chron reported last week that Steve Vender, a private investigator w ... More >>
Three years ago Linda Woo, then 40, woke her two children, wrapped them in blankets, and placed them inside a Subaru Outback owned by a man who had recently broken off a six-year-affair with her. Also in the car had been placed a lit barbecue grill -- which Woo had bought along with a carbon monoxid ... More >>
Prosecutors' reluctance to charge murder suspects in S.F. leaves alleged killers on the street, flush with bravado
Lying under oath, threatening witnesses, revealing the names of federal agents -- it's just another day on the job for one of the DEA's paid drug informants
Sara Jane Olson's attorney would like to say a few words about how her San Francisco co-counsel handled the high-profile case
With an October trial in the offing, prosecutors had every intention of proving that Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson was a domestic terrorist who helped plant bombs under police cars 26 years ago.
... so why not lawyer? How our political elite tried and failed to get a law license for sister-killing Eben Gossage.
Steve Landi was a hero at 101 California and a cop to his bones. Why is the SFPD trying so hard to get rid of him?
Mormon doctor's conviction for sexual penetration with foreign object upheld; allegation of juror misconduct headed for court
The snitches mumbled, stumbled, equivocated, and perjured themselves The jury found Bernard Temple -- the man prosecutors believed to be a bloodthirsty assassin for drug dealers -- not guilty of murder.
State prosecutions against alleged gang assassin appear to disintegrate
Is the DA's Office bungling the biggest pollution case in Bay Area history?
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