The patent trolls might have flown too close to the sun. If only they weren't so greedy, they might have been able to continue gliding about at lower latitudes, threatening to sue technology companies for no good reason, and collecting their shakedown money. But then, if they weren't greedy, they wo ... More >>
We got a little glimpse of what Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has been doing now that he's back on the job: registering inmates to vote. And why shouldn't he want this, considering it was San Francisco prisoners who vociferously backed the embattled sheriff during his domestic violence drama that nearly co ... More >>
Perform a brit milah, go to jail? San Francisco can have its proposed circumcision ban, or it can have the First Amendment. But it can't have both. That's the opinion of Peter Keane, dean emeritus at Golden Gate University School of Law and a constitutional law professor. The potential ballot mea ... More >>
Now valid in National Parks! Right?Jurisdictional lines are funny things. Here in San Francisco you can hoist your banners and beat your drum to express the message of your choosing per your First Amendment Rights -- until you tread onto Ocean Beach, the Presidio, or other federal land. The Natio ... More >>
Men dont have to agree to sex in order to get busted in a prostitution sting. They just have to seem interested.
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.
In November of last year, the SF Weekly published a cover story on the all-out duck fight going on between the city's rival amphibious tours, Bay Quackers and Ride the Ducks. Bay Quackers is the smaller, locally owned business that's been around about five years; Ride the Ducks belongs to ... 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 >>
Major public transit agencies around the country — including San Francisco's — may pay billions for risky deals with bankers.
Muni's bogus tax shelter and theGuardian's bogus lawsuit.
A new proposed law would put activists in jail for hurting a company's bottom line
Deceased journalist Joe Dignan led coverage of California's movement toward gay equal rights
Week of Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Prosecutors' reluctance to charge murder suspects in S.F. leaves alleged killers on the street, flush with bravado
Marin County DA Ed Berberian switches his office's position, agreeing to Catholic Church demands to withhold sex-abuse documents from the press
Week of Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Week of February 2, 2005
S.F. Archbishop William Levada doesn't want the public to know about decades of alleged sexual misconduct by his clerics. But why are district attorneys in San Mateo, Marin, and San Francisco helping him keep secrets?
Week of Wednesday, February 11, 2004
The federal government looks to eliminate abusive tax shelters, and it may cost San Francisco tens of millions of dollars
A jailhouse "snitch" fingered Burton for murder
Albert Johnson was exonerated for a crime he didn't commit, but not before spending over a decade in prison. Why guiltless people get jailed -- and how to stop it.
ASCAP's legal threats kill a thriving local music scene
She's smart, she's experienced, and she's running for DA. But she's Willie Brown's ex-girlfriend, and her opponents are trying to crucify her for that.
The unsettling link between a group of firms that sell financial planning services to elderly Californians and one of the most notorious con men in U.S. history
After mortgaging our future in an orgy of budget-related borrowing, the Legislature hatches new orgiastic plans: sleazy tax shelters
Week of July 2, 2003
As of April 14, the national security police can monitor your medical records without your knowledge. So can the local police.
Alanna Krause believes that much of her hellish childhood could have been avoided. Now she's suing her father, her therapist, and her lawyer in an effort to prove it. How did it come to this?
Previous "creative financing" debacles should haunt city officials who've approved a risky $1 billion lease of Muni streetcars
Prosecutors, judges, governors, a sex offender, and a woman with a penchant for poor judgement entangle California and Texas in an epic child custody war with two sure losers -- aged 7 and 9.
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.
Potheads distort the record -- and endanger the justice system -- as they try to recall the Marin DA
They're young, poor, unmarried fathers -- but don't call them deadbeat dads. They want to be part of their kids' lives, and Oakland's Midnight Basketball League is helping them do it.
When a company sues a notorious critic for infringement, is it just business or intimidation?