Harry Dorfman, a prosecutor who has worked at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office for 28 years, is set to be a judge. Governor Jerry Brown appointed him on Tuesday to one of the open seats on the San Francisco Superior Court. Dorfman, who successfully prosecuted the Edwin Ramos case, has ... More >>
The jury in the ghost scam trial reached its final verdict today: the four defendants are guilty on all counts of grand theft. In the hallway, after the hearing, multiple jurors explained that they were not persuaded by the defense team's argument that the defendants were human trafficking victims ... More >>
The verdict of the ghost scam trial will come down to the why -- the what is undisputed. On November 10, 2012, the four defendants scammed a woman out of $50,000 by tricking her into thinking that a spirit would kill her son, and that the only way to save him would be to perform a ceremony that in ... More >>
A San Francisco jury acquitted a 55-year-old man of seven counts of attempted murder concluding that he wasn't trying to kill his elderly mother as well as police officers when he set fire to his family home. Instead, evidence convinced the jury that the fire was nothing more than a botched suicid ... More >>
The two men who conspired with the notorious "Dark Prince" were found guilty Wednesday for their part in a $2.2 million condo scam in San Francisco's Rincon Hill neighborhood.District Attorney George Gascón announced today that after a six-month trial, Winston Lum and Jay Shah, both 48, were f ... More >>
An alleged pimp walked free this week after his accuser was busted soliciting Johns on the Internet during the trial, according to the Public Defender's Office.The 35-year-old woman was given more than $2,000 in incentives from the District Attorney's Office in exchange for her testimony against 23- ... More >>
It's fair to assume that pleading guilty to a crime pretty much makes you unelectable in San Francisco. Just ask Ross Mirkarimi.But Benjamin Castaneda, the 24-year-old wannabe District 9 supervisor, seems to think threatening the District Attorney is somehow going to win him votes in the upcoming Bo ... More >>
Wilfredo Reyes likely faces murder charges for the 2008 triple homicide of Tony Bologna and two of his sons. "[Reyes] is a co-conspirator, aider and abetter and equally guilty for the senseless crimes committed against the Bologna family," Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian told SF Weekly so ... More >>
Attorney General Kamala Harris used her newly created eCrime Unit to break up two high-tech bank scam operations that ripped off hundreds of Chase customers over the last three years. In both "skimmer operations," the defendants, organized as "crews," replaced the card readers at Chase Bank ATM ves ... More >>
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón roiled the calming waters in the domestic-violence case against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi yesterday, telling the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle he has doubts about proceeding with a plea bargain struck earlier this week because Mirkarimi ... More >>
In the never-ending urban war between pedestrians and drivers, city walkers will be upset to hear about their latest defeat: The District Attorney's Office is not poised to press criminal charges against the shuttle driver who carelessly plowed over a man with a cane sauntering through a Tenderloin ... More >>
After a brief and "cordial" meeting with Mayor Ed Lee today, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi told reporters that he absolutely refuses to step aside amid allegations that he physically abused his wife during a New Year's Eve dispute. The mayor -- who has the authority to suspend the sheriff -- met with Mi ... More >>
Giselle Esteban, the 27-year-old woman accused of killing her former classmate, Michelle Le, appeared in court today where she pleaded not guilty to murder charges. The Union City woman, who recently gave birth to her second child while in jail, was reportedly ordered to appear in court on Feb. 1 ... More >>
Husband and wife bustedA Federal Grand Jury indicted a Bay Area couple, charging the pair with conspiring to traffic teenage girls and force them to provide sex acts to customers in exchange for money and drugs.According to United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Mahendar "Mike" Singh, 40, and his w ... More >>
Rockne HarmonA spokesperson for San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said this afternoon that the DA's office will obey an appellate court's ruling that prosecutors disclose a potentially damaging memo on problems with DNA-testing procedures at the San Francisco Police Department crime ... More >>
Photo courtesy Sharmin Bock for District AttorneyBill Fazio, David Onek, and Sharmin Bock speak to reporters at City HallCandidates attempting to unseat District Attorney George Gascón in the November election held a press conference today in an effort to draw attention to Gascón's continued ef ... More >>
George GascónProsecutors in the office of District Attorney George Gascón have decided to appeal a judge's order that they release an internal memo detailing problems with DNA analysis in the San Francisco Police Department crime lab.The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday that the DA' ... More >>
A judge rejected a prosecutor's pleas today that he reconsider his decision to release a controversial secret memo criticizing the San Francisco Police Department crime lab, stating that he is "compelled by law" to share the document with defense attorneys.In his rulings, San Francisco Superior C ... More >>
Gotcha. Or actually, not really. A year after truTV's Bait Car rolled into town to catch San Franciscans on camera "stealing" vehicles, more than half of the resulting criminal cases have been dismissed, the public defender's office says. We wrote a cover story on the police department's money-ma ... More >>
Ernest Scherer IIIA jury today found Ernest Scherer III guilty of killing his parents, saying he murdered them so he could access his inheritance early and pay down mounting poker debts. In March 2008, Scherer was arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of Ernest Scherer Jr., 60, and Cha ... More >>
David Replogle has seen better daysA Palm Springs jury today weighs evidence against a downtown San Francisco attorney and his alleged henchman, after a prosecutor entered closing arguments claiming lawyer David Replogle and Miguel Bustamante helped murder retiree Clifford Lambert and loot his as ... More >>
Rockne HarmonDistrict Attorney Releases Critique of DNA Evidence in 2007 HomicideA highly regarded prosecutor and DNA expert who was employed for three years at the San Francisco District Attorney's office authored a critique of work at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab earlier this y ... More >>
Two San Francisco defense attorneys are asking that their clients' rape cases be dismissed because of a DNA sample mix-up -- and its subsequent concealment -- at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab in 2008.The cases may be the first to be directly affected by the latest lab scandal, whi ... More >>
Records of bungle in 2008 case were destroyed, investigation findsA forensics analyst's error that resulted in a mix-up of DNA samples, reportedly in a homicide case, has been concealed by officials at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab for close to two years, SF Weekly has learned. Th ... More >>
Kamala -- you've been judged.Prosecutors in the office of District Attorney Kamala Harris have failed in their efforts to prove a bias claim against the judge who reprimanded the DA's office for its handling of a scandal at the San Francisco Police Department's drug-testing lab. In May, San Franc ... More >>
A murder trial is no time for a siestaAnybody who's ever watched trial proceedings in a stuffy, poorly lit courtroom as 2 p.m. rolls around knows it can be tough to stay awake for the administration of justice. But the nap-inducing tedium of the courtroom is apparently proving to be a serious pro ... More >>
Accused of doing more than teaching music...A Visitacion Valley Middle School music teacher is accused of being the teacher from hell for three students whom prosecutors allege he touched and invited over to his residence. But in cyberspace, kids love him. On ratemyteachers.com, Terry Braye is cu ... More >>
You heard that right: San Francisco District Attorney and Police Chief George Gascon said at a press conference this afternoon that they don't know how many police officers in San Francisco have past criminal convictions.The press conference came in the wake of damaging revelations in the San Fra ... More >>
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