Four ghost scam defendants were sentenced to jail time today, concluding the the first case of its kind to go to trial in the country. Yachang Lei and Yannu Tan, who were convicted on counts of grand theft and attempted grand theft, were sentenced to two years and four months in prison. Yonghua Ze ... More >>
Closing arguments in the ghost scam trial concluded on Wednesday -- around 10:30 a.m., the jury exited the courtroom and began deliberations. And here's the one question those 12 locals will try to answer: Did the four defendants commit the crime out of necessity? See Also: Closing Arguments Pit ... 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 >>
For the defendants in the ghost scam trial to be acquitted, their lawyers must prove, by a preponderance of evidence, that they committed their crimes "out of necessity." "Preponderance of evidence," jurors are told, "means that you must be persuaded that the things the defendant seeks to prove are ... More >>
Danny Roman was convicted of first degree murder in 1984. He is serving a life sentence at Pelican Bay State Prison, 350 miles north of San Francisco and 700 miles north of his hometown, Los Angeles. But from his maximum security perch near the Oregon border, federal authorities claim, Roman, an al ... More >>
To win a war, one must win the minds of the people (unless one chooses to vaporize said minds with a superweapon instead).So the next time you step over a crack-addled soul sprawled out on a Tenderloin sidewalk or dodge a gang of teenagers trying to sell you weed at the Stanyan Street entrance to Go ... More >>
[Editor's note: This week's music feature looks at a recent DEA drug bust that claimed a substantial connection between late Vallejo rap legend Mac Dre's record label and a large-scale Ecstasy trafficking ring, of which 25 alleged members were arrested last month. One source for our story was East B ... More >>
Both black and white women brawl on Vh1 reality programming but some don't have to deal with the burden of (mis)representing their culture.
Who says a war is bad for business?San Francisco-based social-gaming company Zynga is being sued for alleged trademark infringement over its popular Facebook game, Mafia Wars.Digital Chocolate, another online gaming company, claims in a lawsuit filed in federal court that it owns rights to the na ... More >>
Coyotes who smuggle immigrants torture and extort their victims, helped by out government's failure to enact immigration reform.
Bill EvansJazz MafiaHad we known about this earlier, we would have given you some advance notice. Since we didn't, you're just going to get a somber posthumous note: Jazz Mafia (who left us shuddering at All Shook Down on Sunday) have ended their decade-long run of Tuesday night shows at Coda. Th ... More >>
A cunning American boy becomes a Mexican Cartel soldier and East L.A. executioner.
Nils Gilman @ Fort Mason In the 2008 Italian film Gomorrah, tiresome members of a Neapolitan crime syndicate shuffle around in bad shorts, trying to make their business ventures run smoothly between hits. The unglamorous, stomach-churning revelation of Gomorrah, and the book on which it is based, ... More >>
'Made it, Ma! Top of the world!' Going out in a ball of flames exchanging gunfire with the cops: Very gangster. A federal lawsuit regarding a Web ad: Not so much. In a case that features two of the silliest-named litigants to ever spar in San Francisco's federal district court, Zynga is suing Playdo ... More >>
The Average Giuseppes of organized crime in Gomorrah.
Raymond Chow says he's left his gangster days behind to help bring peace to Chinatown's streets. Is he for real?
A hero of the Hong Kong new wave returns the compliment
In the process of taking down the city's baddest gangsters, prosecutors and cops set some very scary people free.
Made, a wannabe mob comedy, won't be furthering anyone's career
The amazing transformation of Carmen Policy, defender of mobsters, babysitter to flashy kid moguls, and now savior of the Cleveland Browns
Alan Cranston and George Zimmer devise a bold strategy at the State of the World Forum
In 1995, Golden ADA Inc., a San Francisco diamond-importing firm, collapsed, unveiling an international trail of theft and betrayal that embarrassed San Francisco luminaries involved with the company. Now, newly unsealed court files show that high-level m
Vegas meets GoodFellas in Martin Scorsese's faux-epix Casino