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?
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The verdict of the ghost scam trial will come down to the why -- the what is undisputed.
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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.
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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 >>
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it, Ma! Top of the world!' Going out in a ball of flames exchanging
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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