"If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood...If it's somethin' weird an it won't look good; Who ya gonna call?"
Ghotsbusters? No. When heaps of smoke, ash, and fumes from the nearby Chevron Refinery enveloped their neighborhood, Richmond residents naturally called Attorney John Burris to le ... More >>
The mother of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding, who was killed while fleeing from police last year, has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that her son's civil rights were violated and that he didn't get proper medical careHarding was shot as he ran from San Francisco police last July after he was ... More >>
Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer is reportedly in negotiations to play the role of Oscar Grant's mother in the upcoming indie film about the New Year's Day 2009 killing of the Oakland man. Spencer is best known for her role as Minny in the 2011 film The Help.The film, titled Fruitvale. ... More >>
Bart in trouble again!A BART passenger is suing the transit agency and several of its officers, accusing them of beating and arresting him after he said he complied with a police order to stop listening to a musical ringtone on his phone.
You have to wonder -- how annoying was that ringtone? ... More >>
Kenneth HardingThe family of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding, the Seattle man who died in a gunfire battle with police, has retained high-profile civil rights attorney John Burris and could file a lawsuit. Associate attorney Adante Pointer is demanding that the cops start releasing records, surveilla ... More >>
Involuntary manslaughter for MehserleCheck back for updatesEx-BART cop Johannes Mehserle has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed BART passenger Oscar Grant. The jury could have convicted Mehserle of either second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter - ... More >>
San Francisco cops raided a party, bashed a bystander's face on the floor, then took him to jail and told him, "You should stay in Oakland and never come to S.F. again... Next time you come to S.F. I will put you in the hospital." That's the claim made in a lawsuit filed in Oakland federal court ... More >>
Jive...Love! Labor! LOST! It's time for a Thanksgiving Week Friday Morning News Quiz! 1. Who is Laassad Bokri? A. The pizzeria chef senselessly stabbed to death on TuesdayB. The Film Commission head forced out by Gavin NewsomC. The Bollywood star detained at SFOD. The Giants' minor leaguer robbed ... More >>
Now he wants to talk!The California First Amendment Coalition yesterday filed a motion in Oakland Superior Court aimed at rescinding the gag order that currently prevents attorneys in the Oscar Grant case -- People v. Mehserle -- from commenting publicly. In a handful of words, the CFAC feels the pu ... More >>
Five pals of the man shot dead by BART police on New Year's Day have filed a claim accusing the rapid transit system of illegal search and seizure, excessive force, and false arrest and are demanding $1.5 million. The claim was filed by lawyer John Burris, who earlier sued BART for $25 million on be ... More >>
Just like Johannes Mehserle, we can't give you a straight answer -- but the former BART police officer appears to be the first Bay Area cop to ever find himself charged with murder following a job-related shooting. Jim Chanin, a veteran Berkeley attorney who has prosecuted more than 20 police shooti ... More >>