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    May 6, 2013

    Medical Cannabis Advocates to Rally in Statewide Protest Against the Feds

    Medical cannabis supporters will rally in front of the San Francisco Federal Building at noon today, joining Sacramento and Los Angeles to protest the feds' nonstop stonewalling of California medical marijuana laws. Rally organizers are urging protesters to contact California Attorney General Kamal ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Gilbert Lam, Department of Homeland Security Employee, Arrested on Kiddie Porn Charges

    A San Francisco man employed by the federal Department of Homeland Security was arrested and charged with two felonies for possessing and distributing child pornography, police said. Gilbert Lam, 37, was arrested at his San Francisco home on March 9 and has since been charged in San Francisco Super ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    William J. Wise, Mastermind of Massive Ponzi Scheme, Pleads Guilty

    William J. Wise admitted in court that he operated a massive 10-year scheme to defraud some 1,200 investors by selling fake Certificates of Deposit, federal prosecutors said today.The CDs were issued by three different entities -- Millennium Bank, United Trust of Switzerland and Sterling Bank and T ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Want to Open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in S.F.? The DEA Is Onto You

    We're no police theorist, but the goals of a law enforcement action are simple: to prevent, to intervene, or otherwise dissuade behavior deemed illegal.If this is the case, the federal Justice Department's crackdown on California's medical marijuana industry is only partway there; about a dozen Bay ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Former San Mateo County Employees Charged With Stealing From The Dead

    "They're climbing in your windows, snatching your stuff up." Could those be lyrics riffing off the the hilarious Antoine Dodson YouTube hit, or a reference to an FBI investigation in San Mateo County? Actually, they're both. On Friday, FBI agents arrested Mandy Natchi Yagi, 54, and Peter Wong, 43, f ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    California Congressmen Push Spending Cuts on Federal Marijuana Enforcement

    Budget hawks incensed over San Francisco's supposedly profligate spending ought to spend a few minutes at Congress, observing the dollar requests submitted by federal departments.Take the $28.2 billion, 111,998-employee federal Department of Justice, for example. The country's 12,000 employees in Un ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Guillermo Herrera, MS-13 Gang Member, Gets Life in Prison

    Life in prison probably won't do much to stop them ​Guillermo Herrera, better known as "Sparky," a San Francisco M-13 gang member, was sentenced today to life in prison for racketeering related charges. He is the last of six convicted MS-13 members to receive a life sentence. Herrera and his five ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Obama's Medical Marijuana Crackdown: Two S.F. Pot Clubs to Close

    And Divinity Tree, and Green Door Sacramento, and maybe Medithrive​Lombard Street is in the city's oft-posh Marina District, but that stretch of US-101 that leads from the Golden Gate Bridge down through Van Ness Avenue includes seedy motels as well as high-end boutiques. It might have also contai ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Feds Renege on Plea Deal for State-Legal Medical Marijuana Providers

    SF WeeklyScott Feil​Scott Feil wants to go to prison. And the United States wants to put him there. That, however, is where the common ground between Feil -- one of the state-legal medical marijuana providers the federal government is prosecuting -- and the Department of Justice ends.Three of the ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Oscar Grant Supporters Petition Department of Justice to Investigate BART

    The fight continues​More than 500 people have signed a petition urging the United States Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division to speed up its investigation of Oscar Grant's death at the Fruitvale BART station in 2009. Last year, before ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle was convicted of involu ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011
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    December 15, 2010
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    December 1, 2010
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    August 17, 2010

    Paul Shin Devine, Apple Manager Accused of $1 Million Kickback Scheme: Here's the Civil Suit

    The civil suit vs. alleged bad apple Paul Shin Devine is stuffed with damning allegations​Suit names Asian firms accused of conspiring with former Apple employee in kickback schemeYesterday we reported on the federal indictment of Paul Shin Devine, a former Apple global supply manager accused of m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Feds' Case Against Bonds Evaporating

    Feds Losing Their Heads​The quest to incarcerate home run champion Barry Lamar Bonds took a perhaps fatal twist on Friday, when a judge ruled that prosecutors cannot use key evidence in their case to prove the 45-year old slugger lied about using steroids.

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    March 31, 2010

    S.F. Files Suit, Claims $1 Million Stolen From City Funds

    ​The city of San Francisco yesterday filed suit vs. a company called Rehab Financial Corporation that has contracted with the city for 20 years, claiming it stole $1 million in city funds set aside to assist low-income homeowners. In the suit, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera alleges Reh ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Local Pot Club Supplier Made Purported $200K a Year

    Role models?​For readers thinking of a career change, here's toke for thought: If you become a supplier to local pot clubs, you can apparently make around $200,000 per year.According to a federal forfeiture complaint for more than $800,000 cash belonging to alleged pot club supplier Avery Badenhop ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008
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    August 1, 2007

    Enter the Dragon Head

    Raymond Chow says he's left his gangster days behind to help bring peace to Chinatown's streets. Is he for real?

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    June 22, 2007
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    May 9, 2007

    All-in or Nothing

    Rene Medinas Colma casino brought life to a city of cemeteries. It also brought federal agents looking for corruption.

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    March 28, 2007

    Invisible Man

    Unlike the other U.S. attorneys fired by the Bushies, Kevin Ryan.

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    February 21, 2007

    Earls Last Laugh

    Exiled in retirement after Fajitagate, exPolice Chief Earl Sanders has re-emerged with a fresh account of the infamous Zebra murders. And his critics are on the warpath.

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    February 7, 2007

    Pay to Play

    The son of a world—renowned chef says he wanted to reform the phone industry. The feds say he wanted to get rich quick.

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    January 31, 2007

    Bounty Hunted

    A man who pursued illegal immigrants for deportation found himself handcuffed by the feds and accused of impersonating a federal agent

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    November 15, 2006

    Echoes of the Revolution

    The struggle between Bay Area law enforcement and the Black Panthers is still going on after 35 years

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    October 4, 2006


    Half of U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan's lawyers have quit. But as he remains bunkered against criticism, who's minding the shop?

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    August 16, 2006
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    July 26, 2006

    Get Out of Jail Free

    In the process of taking down the city's baddest gangsters, prosecutors and cops set some very scary people free.

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    November 23, 2005

    Bait and Snitch

    Lying under oath, threatening witnesses, revealing the names of federal agents -- it's just another day on the job for one of the DEA's paid drug informants

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    March 17, 2004

    Little Fish, Big Fish

    Memo to Ashcroft: Why aren't you pursuing Barry Bonds the way you did Martha Stewart?

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    September 10, 2003

    Son of Super Swindler

    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

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    February 26, 2003

    The Fix Is In

    At least that's what Janet Campbell claimed about construction bids at UCSF, where she soon found herself out of a job

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    October 31, 2001

    A Vote of Competence

    This is no time for softheaded governing. In this election, Prop. F and Dennis Herrera pass the confidence test; MUD fails completely.

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    October 3, 2001

    Digital Wage

    What a difference a year makes, to the country, and to the New Economy

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    January 17, 2001

    A Sentence Without an Ending

    The "used-car rabbi" gets probation instead of jail, but the question of what he did with millions of dollars in donations remains unanswered

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    December 6, 2000

    The Great Minnow Hunt

    Why did the U.S. Attorney's Office angle for fingerlings -- and apparently ignore trophy catches -- during its corruption investigation at the San Francisco Housing Authority?

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    June 14, 2000

    Twice Burned

    A Hong Kong mob's attempted takeover of Chinatown went up in flames when a gang arsonist snitched. Now Peter Chong, the mob's alleged U.S. leader, is in custody and feeling the heat.

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    January 12, 2000

    Silicon Valley Shakedown

    A con man feeds on fear and paranoia in the software business

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    June 9, 1999
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    July 22, 1998

    The Housing Authority's Dirty Dozen

    Twelve convicted drug dealers and other major felons have recently been employed by the San Francisco Housing Authority. But are there even more criminals on the public payroll?

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    October 29, 1997

    School of Scandal

    U.S. alleges $3 million fraud at Oakland's Laney College; 400 "students" involved

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    September 17, 1997

    Duck! You're in Wine Country

    Why do police in bucolic Santa Rosa kill more citizens per capita than cops in crime-ridden cities like San Francisco and New York?

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    September 4, 1996

    The DA's Svengali

    Earlier this year, the District Attorney's Office was flirting with farce. Then Terence Hallinan called in David Millstein.

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    June 21, 1995

    The War Womb (Part II)

    For every direct action against an abortion clinic staged by Operation Rescue, expect an equal and opposite reaction by the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights.

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