The infamous nude BART acrobat, Yeiner Perez, 24, was arrested earlier today on two felony charges of false imprisonment and four counts of misdemeanor battery, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. The arrest came less than a week after video footage of a naked Perez, whose re ... More >>
For the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, the docket shows two ghost scam convictions down, one more to go. The first two cases reached their conclusions in May, with the seven total defendants each being found guilty of grand theft or attempted grand theft. This third case has many similar ... More >>
Larry Carr, one of the three men charged with attempted homicide today, was the same guy who was arrested eight years ago on suspicion of murdering 44-year-old Richard Banks, according to police. According to police, on Sept. 30, 2004, Carr allegedly shot and killed Banks during an attempted robbe ... More >>
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 San Francisco District Attorney's Office is slapping charges against the 39-year-old mother for child neglect and abandonment after she allegedly gave birth to her baby and left it on the street in the Bayview neighborhood. Police told KTVU that it was determined the mother, Nneka Nash, was hi ... More >>
Nicholas Hudson, the 19-year-old man accused of torching a Muni bus during the World Series celebration, appeared in court this morning where he pleaded not guilty to arson charges. Hudson, a Daly City resident, was arrested yesterday morning in South San Francisco on suspicion of setting fire to ... More >>
The San Francisco District Attorney's Office has turned into part-time Ghostbusters hoping to help curb the bizarre ghost scam that's hit the Chinese community since early this summer. The DA is hosting another community forum tomorrow night with the San Francisco Police Department and Adult Protect ... More >>
The San Francisco District Attorney has yet to file charges against 66-year-old Larry Brinkin, who was arrested Friday on suspicion of possessing child pornography, saying they need more time to comb through evidence police gave them. "We are waiting for computer forensic evidence to be analyzed in ... More >>
Robert ShearerIn August, when we wrote about an investigation into potential contract corruption at San Francisco State that could potentially cost the cash-strapped university hundreds of thousands of dollars, the California State University police told us they were in the "final stages" of the ... More >>
Rockne Harmon co-authored a controversial internal memo on crime lab problemsA judge unsealed court records today detailing a whistle-blower's allegations that police and prosecutors might have been involved in an orchestrated effort to mislead auditors about the state of the San Francisco Police ... More >>
Scary maskSay what you want about Codepink -- we can always count on its members to keep it real and, well, colorful. Remember when the activist group glitter-bombed former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as he signed books in San Francisco? And because they never miss an opportunity to show their sh ... More >>
Carlos Parada, allegedly part of "crime family"District Attorney George Gascón is calling them San Francisco's own "crime family:" Two relatives of Edwin Parada -- who faces trial for allegedly duping Latino immigrants into a home mortgage scam -- now face charges of pushing the exact same scam ... More >>
Contenders in this year's election for San Francisco District Attorney have called on current DA George Gascón to release an internal memo that criticizes procedures for analyzing DNA evidence at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Laboratory.The memo, the existence of which was first reve ... More >>
Kamala HarrisAs lawmakers prepare to finalize the state budget today, another government agency has joined the chorus of groups declaring that spending cuts in the plan will be disastrous: the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris.Harris, who has been on the job in Sacramento for si ... More >>
The top forensics official at California's Department of Justice has come under attack for public statements defending controversial practices at a crime lab in North Carolina.Jill Spriggs, chief of the DOJ's Bureau of Forensic Services, appeared before a panel of North Carolina legislators a few ... More >>
Perhaps not, according to an interesting report published yesterday by California Watch.Kendall Taggart writes that some of the foremost advocates for reforming the field of forensic science within California are skeptical as to whether new legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy will imp ... More >>
Does this look like trespassing to you?Dan "Skyscraperman" Goodwin lived up to his nickname in September when he methodically scaled the Millennium Tower in two hours and 15 minutes. Any 54-year-old man who does his hair like "Spider Dan" is seeking attention -- whether he scales tall buildings o ... More >>
Through reporting over the past month, SF Weekly has uncovered multiple instances of scientifically and ethically questionable conduct by DNA analysts at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Laboratory. Our findings focus on two lapses in particular: the destruction of records of a potential ... 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 >>
Isaac Espinoza, 1974-2004Most of us never met Isaac Espinoza, but we owe him more than we can say. In 2004, the 29-year-old decorated cop was pointlessly gunned down by David Hill, a young man with a lengthy criminal history. Espinoza repeatedly turned down cushier beats than Bayview. His d ... More >>
D.A. Kamala HarrisThe San Francisco District Attorney's office has so far notified Public Defender Jeff Adachi in writing of 76 police department employees with criminal or disciplinary backgrounds requiring disclosure.The letters come in response to a judge's order that D.A. Kamala Harris move q ... More >>
Experts say ex-football players with head injuries often end up in the criminal justice system. Former USC lineman Chris Brymer is exhibit A.
The San Francisco District Attorney's office moments ago sent out a press release stridently announcing that alleged Pink Saturday shooter Ed Perkins, arrested by police for the alleged murder of Stephen Powell, will be hit with weapons charges. Left unsaid -- but easily inferred -- is that Perki ... More >>
It came in a manilla envelope with three American flag stamps, entitled "Important Pre-Election Press Release." Return address: David Bavineau (ecstatic), County Jail 4, 850 Bryant St. Over at SF Weekly, we tore the thick envelope open with no small amount of anticipation. Bavineau, as some may r ... More >>
Meena Harris, left, with Auntie Kamala, is not 12 years oldAs we round third in the primary election season, candidates making that mad dash toward home are liable to whatever it takes to make it. So you're going to see some very odd ads in the next week or so (though maybe not as odd as this ad ... More >>
"I'm here to attack the issues, not another candidate."San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris' failure to disclose the criminal backgrounds of cops testifying in cases her office prosecuted "calls into question ... whether she has the judgment necessary to be California's next attorney gen ... More >>
Don't push that button!A B-reel social networking site known as Tagged.com has been hit with a $650,000 fine from the San Francisco District Attorney's office for sending tens of millions of e-mails that duped recipients into unwittingly sharing private information.District Attorney Kamala Harris ... More >>
Kenneth KyleKenneth Kyle, the Cal State East Bay professor arrested earlier this month at San Francisco International Airport on child porn charges, will be arraigned this morning at San Francisco's Hall of Justice. The 47-year-old is facing felony charges of child pornography possession and chil ... More >>
Do I have any money? Not for you!Guess what? Jackie Speier isn't running for Attorney General. Who knew? Now that we've gotten that out of the way, on to the article. We thought it was interesting last week when the campaign of San Francisco District Attorney -- and would-be AG -- Kamala Harris s ... More >>
He had no license to practice medicine in California or the United States, and no affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco, as he claimed. But 66-year-old Timothy Andersson (who also went by Dr. Tanweer Ahmad Syed) saw scores of patients in ... More >>
Monday, Aug 17 11 a.m. - Public Safety Committee A lot's happened to the Public Safety Committee since the last time I wrote about it -- and there's one thing I just don't understand. Ross Mirkarimi used to be the chair of the Public Safety Committee, and he was exceptional at pulling the many t ... More >>
Earlier this week, the San Francisco District Attorney successfully tried the first case against a Norteño gang member for violating the city's gang injunction, which bans members from hanging out in a "safety zone" in the Mission. A brainchild of City Attorney De ... More >>
Week of Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Were the cops really innocent of assault, or is our DA's Office just lame?
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?
Cleaning Up the Cash; A Group Hug; Burning Bush; Correction
Chevron to Turks: Bay is pristine! GOP to pot doctor: Good job! Tenants to landlords: You're illegal! Potheads to supervisors: Like, wow -- a sanctuary!
Details, Details; Problem Is, It's Hard to Read in the Dark; PG&E Strikes Back
Foreign workers coming into the country for high-paying tech jobs often bring wives with them. When these women are beaten and abused, they have nowhere to run.
There's a pot of money available to investigate real estate fraud, but Terence Hallinan isn't using it
A high-flying New Age company is grounded amid allegations that its main financial backer embezzled $4.5 million from UCSF
Or is a new law that puts sexual predators in long-term psychiatric lock-up really -- and finally -- justice for perverts?
Harcourts Gallery was at the center of S.F.'s serious art scene for decades. Now, with serious money missing, the gallery's at the center of a criminal investigation.