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    May 12, 2014

    City Attorney Sues Owners of 15 Single Room Occupancy Hotels

    The land barons who build high-priced pied a terres on Market Street aren't the only ones cashing in on San Francisco's booming real estate market -- and concomitant affordable housing prices. Some landlords, it turns out, skip over the city's ascendant class altogether, choosing instead to prey on ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Willie Brown Bridge It Is

    May as well start the lawsuits now. The California state legislature just greenlit an extremely contentious Assembly Resolution to rename our now-defunct western span after erstwhile San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Despite protests from Supervisor John Avalos, three former Board of Supervisors pr ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Harry Dorfman, Lead Homicide Prosecutor in S.F., Named Superior Court Judge

    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 >>

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    September 13, 2012

    BYOB: S.F. Can Ban Plastic Bags at all Stores, Judge Rules

    Say what you want to about Ross Mirkarimi as a husband, but the beleaguered pol has won some righteous battles, most recently the city's fight to ban plastic bags.A San Francisco Superior Court judge has finally ruled that the city can -- and will  -- impose a blanket ban those Earth-unfriendly ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    San Francisco Court Workers Go on Strike, Shut Down Courts

    Muni isn't the only government agency melting down today. A press release was just sent out, claiming more than 200 court clerks and other workers walked off the job at 8:30 a.m., effectively shutting down the entire Superior Court system. The workers, represented by SEIU Local 1021, say they a ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    San Francisco Court Workers Explain Today's Strike

    Court workers who walked off the job this morning are gathered in front of the San Francisco Superior Court House, where they plan to picket throughout the day. SF Weekly correspondent Jeff Sandstoe caught up with some of the nearly 200 demonstrators, who are being represented by the Service Employe ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Sheila Sammon Milosky, S.F. Principal Accused of DUI, Pleads Not Guilty

    (Update 12:30 p.m.) Milosky did not appear in court this morning, however her attorney reportedly entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. Her attorney told reporters that Milosky still has a valid driver's license and is awaiting a hearing with the DMV.Sheila Sammon Milosky, the embattled Paul Reve ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Letter to S.F. Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein Says Clerks 'Betrayed' by Management

    Just cuts?​An interesting subplot is emerging in the story of the severe budget cuts forcing the layoffs of San Francisco Superior Court employees and closure of civil courtrooms. An open letter to Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein has surfaced that accuses court administrators of "gutting" the ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Civil Courts Are San Francisco's Newest Endangered Species

    Like the California grizzly, another symbol of our state is about to die off: the civil courts.​The warnings of cuts are over. They're here -- for real -- and San Francisco's civil court system will soon be a cozy concept from a bygone era in which the state had the cash to fund such luxuries as ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Circumcision Ban Tentatively Snipped from S.F. Ballot

    Snipped from the ballot?​The growing effort to remove San Francisco's circumcision ban from the November ballot San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta M. Giorgi issued a tentative ruling this afternoon, saying that because the measure attempts to regulate a medical procedure, the purpose of th ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Hate Crime Allegations Dismissed in Attack on S.F. Transgender Woman

    This isn't exactly how the LGBT community imagined kicking off gay pride ​SF Weekly readers might recall the incident two months ago when two men were arrested after beating a transgender woman on the 16th Street BART plaza. Well, despite the public outcry over the incident -- which sparked a rall ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Criminal Cases Would Be Less Affected by S.F. Court Layoffs

    ​California's oft-discussed governmental dysfunction is starting to take its toll. Public access to our state's natural resources is already on the chopping block; on Friday, more ominous news arrived about public access to justice. In light of the budget approved last week by the state Legislatur ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    DA's Office Can Prosecute Wheelchair-Bound Man Shot by Police, Judge Rules

    ​A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled today that District Attorney George Gascón does not have to recuse himself from prosecuting Randal Dunklin, the man shot by police in January while he was sitting in a wheelchair.Dunklin, whose case attracted heavy media attention after the shooting was ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Garfield Smith Accused of Bomb Threat Near Federal Building

    Bomb threats also create traffic jams ​Update: Police have arrested 45-year-old Garfield Smith, a transient. He was booked for false reports of a bomb, placing a fictitious bomb, and terrorist threats. Original Story 3:15 p.m.: San Francisco's bomb squad detonated a suspicious backpack that was le ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    'Bait Car' Conversations With Cops Likely To Be Revealed, Could Help Alleged Car Thieves

    As they say, the devil is in the details.​The nitty-gritty details of the behind-the-scenes discussions between San Francisco police and truTV's "Bait Car" reality TV show will likely be revealed in court -- soon. On Thursday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Andrew Cheng said he was granting a ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    GameStop Sued for Swiping Buyers' Private Information

    Personal information is....personal​The thing about giving away your personal information -- it's no longer personal. One Alameda County woman trusted a local GameStop employee who had asked her for her private numbers -- address and credit cards -- as she bought games from the retailer.  She ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    S.F. Sued for 'Killing' Endangered Species at Sharp Park Golf Course

    He has a family to look after, too​It came as no surprise to city leaders when conservation groups slapped them with a lawsuit today, accusing the Recreation and Park Department of perpetually killing endangered species at Sharp Park Golf Course. The suit -- which was filed today in San Francisco ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Schwarzenegger Dealt Setback In Bid to Rush $1.3 Billion Building Sale

    Drag​Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's frantic bid to rush the $1.3 billion fire sale of 11 state buildings before he leaves office suffered a blow this afternoon. A state appeals court in San Jose announced it wouldn't hear arguments until Jan. 26 regarding whether the sale should be allowed. Schwarze ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Sale of State-Owned Buildings Halted

    Maybe later...​The pending sale of 11 state-owned buildings -- a short-term cash infusion that would cost taxpayers billions down the road -- has been halted, albeit temporarily. The 6th Appellate District Court in San Jose today issued an order staying the sale, which was to commence Dec. 15. Amo ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    City Attorney Sues Martin Guajardo, Alleged Immigration Attorney Fraud

    Martin Guajardo is accused of being a legendary bloodsucker​ City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit today against a San Francisco-based immigration attorney, accusing him of defrauding multiple clients and bilking them of their life savings to fight doomed immigration cases that often led to ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Cops' Decoy Sting Operations Criticized as Immoral Wastes of Time By Jurors

    ​Among all the decoy operations performed by the cops, one is purportedly rubbing an increasing number of jurors the wrong way: those from the San Francisco Robbery Abatement Team (RAT). These are cases in which a cop poses as a homeless person or hapless tourist with a large bill literally flappi ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Printing Company Charged in Pregnant Worker's Death Paid Large Civil Settlement

    ​The San Francisco printing company charged with involuntary manslaughter and violating labor laws for the 2008 death of an employee has already paid at least $1.5 million in a civil lawsuit resulting from the incident, court records show.Digital Pre-Press International, located at Mariposa and Te ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Caltrans Sued Over Highway Project Through Redwood Forest

    ​Environmental activists are suing Caltrans over plans to expand and reroute a highway that passes through Richardson Grove State Park, the Humboldt County preserve that boasts some of California's oldest and tallest coast redwoods.The suit was filed yesterday in San Francisco Superior Court by th ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Men Who Lost $1M in Scheme to Earn $10M Per Week File Suit

    ​If you are industrious or fortunate enough to be able to scare up $1 million on short notice, what would you do? A. Invest in government bonds; B. Invest in real estate; C. Hand it over to some skeezy guys who float a wild scheme about "leasing" $10 million, and parlaying that into earnings of $1 ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    'SF Weekly Is Not Going Out of Business'

    ​That's word from our bosses. Sorry, Brugmann -- it's still too early to declare "mission accomplished" on your plan to use an obscure state antitrust law to snuff out the competition. (Oh, the irony!)Earlier this week, a San Francisco Superior Court commissioner ordered SF Weekly to give half of ... More >>

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    March 3, 2010
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    March 1, 2010

    DA Announces Sweeping Broke Niggas Thievin' Gang Indictment

    ​District Attorney Kamala Harris announced today that 10 members and associates of the notorious Bayview street gang known as Broke Niggas Thievin' have been indicted by a San Francisco criminal grand jury for dozens of felonies, including three murder charges.The indictment came after three month ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    DA Announces Charges Against Two Suspects in Weekend Murders

    The suspects in two high-profile killings last weekend will be arraigned on charges of murder tomorrow morning in San Francisco Superior Court, according to the office of District Attorney Kamala Harris.​Keandre Davis, 20, will face three charges related to a shooting outside the Suede nightclub o ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Patrol Special Officer Sues City, Claiming Mistreatment Because She Is Lesbian

    One of the public faces of San Francisco's quasi-public community policing agency, the Patrol Special Police, is suing the city under state anti-discrimination laws, asserting she was subject to unfair treatment because she is a woman and a lesbian.The gloves come off​In a complaint filed this mon ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Top Ten Most Read Snitch Posts of 2009

    It's almost the end of the year, and we're extremely grateful to the readers who visited our site in 2009. Here are the Snitch posts that garnered the highest readership, and reflect what is truly important to you: sex, crime, and weed. And serial killers.10. Lawsuit Alleges ER Doctor Let Man D ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    DJ, Party Guest Given Back Laptops Confiscated By Cops

    SF Weekly's Jennifer Maerz earlier this month broke the story about an apparently far-reaching San Francisco Police strategy to keep that damn noise down. Cops, it seems, were systematically seizing the laptops of DJs playing at underground parties -- or, in some cases, even some who claim they were ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    SFPD Returns Laptops to DJ, Party Guest (from The Snitch)

    Tom Dougherty​Fellow SF Weekly reporter Joe Eskenazi followed up on the story I broke Nov. 16 about problems DJs and partygoers were having with the SFPD seizing laptops and DJ equipment. This morning, Electronic Frontier Foundation's Jennifer Granick represented a DJ and a partygoer from a SOMA H ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    'Signs' Point to Better Times Ahead for Cyclists

    The tide is turning...​ For San Francisco's ever-growing cadre of bicyclists, this week opened with both good news and bad.On Monday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch postponed until Nov. 12 his decision on whether to allow the city to install bicycle improvements. San Francisco has ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Judge Orders Pink Diamonds Strip Club Closed for One Year

    The wild nights are over​San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch ordered today that the Pink Diamonds be closed for one year, a victory for City Attorney Dennis Herrera in his efforts to crack down on the notoriously violent strip club."I am gratified that Judge Busch clearly recognized the ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    California's First Openly Gay Superior Court Judge Hopes To Avoid Being 'Cubbyholed'

    San Francisco Superior CourtJudge Ronald AlbersWhen new superior court judges are appointed by the governor, it's usually a three-paragraph story in the back of the paper. In Judge Ronald Albers' case, that was how it went -- and yet it didn't. It wasn't just another appointment for Gov. Arnold Schw ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Three Courthouse Guards Allege Sex, Drugs, and Weapon-related Violations Inside San Francisco's Northern District Court

    Three guards employed by Akal Security, a prominent New Mexico-based corporation that contracts with federal courthouses around the country, are making some pretty shocking claims about their employer and workplace -- the Northern District Court in San Francisco. Their complaint, filed rec ... More >>

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    March 29, 2009

    Vote on Ammiano's Marijuana Bill Postponed Amid Difficult Time For S.F. Pot Fans

    In what is perhaps the best news of late for aficionados of marijuana legalization, a scheduled March 31 committee hearing of Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's legalization bill was postponed likely until 2010 (drag) -- which gives marijuana advocates some time to reverse what would have almost definitely b ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Hunters Take Aim at Government in S.F. Suit, Claim U.S. Bagged Their Trophies

    Conservation Force -- an organization that you wouldn't guess is a hunters' advocacy group unless you visited its Web site -- last week filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court against the Secretary of the Interior. Its claim: Government inspectors are taking advantage of typos and niggling admini ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Legal Armageddon! Christians v. Pagans, the Final Battle -- At S.F. Superior Court

    Locked in theological stuggle for millemnia, the belief systems of Paganism and Christianity have taken their rivalry to a higher authority -- the courts, according to names appearing on the docket at San Francisco Superior Court. Anna Marie Cross, along with a group of co-plaintiffs, has ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008
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    October 1, 2008
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    July 8, 2008
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    June 4, 2008

    The Gay Divorcees

    Gay marriage is new. Gay divorce isn't.

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    April 11, 2008

    Marjorie Knoller case inches forward

    Fresh off the Bay City News wire (via CBS 5). Here's the latest for those of you still obsessed with the never ending Marjorie Knoller saga: "The possible retrial of Marjorie Knoller, whose second-degree murder conviction for the dog mauling death of Diane Whipple in 2001 was later reduced to invo ... More >>

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    January 23, 2008
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    January 23, 2008

    Trying Time

    Guardian's lawsuit against SF Weekly nearing trial after more than three years.

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    August 30, 2007

    SF Parking Measure Stays on the Ballot

    A San Francisco court keeps Prop H on the ballot because the lies its supporters told about it went through proper channels By Benjamin Wachs Which is more important: protecting the voters from being deceived, or protecting their right to put stuff on ballots? It’s a big, important question, ... More >>

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    November 9, 2005

    Baring Equality

    The cases of a young defendant and a repeat offender attorney show power and privilege tip the scales

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    March 23, 2005

    "I Do" Redux

    Do you subconsciously oppose gay marriage? Take our quiz and set your id free!

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    February 26, 1997

    Lawyers, Bucks, and Books

    Settlement talks on City College bookstore lawsuit collapse

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