Texas Woman Sentenced for Accepting Bribe While Serving as an Official in American Samoa
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Texas Woman Sentenced for Accepting Bribe While Serving as an Official in American Samoa

A Texas woman was sentenced in federal court in San Francisco today to one year and 10 months in prison for committing fraud and bribery…

Valero to Pay $122K Settlement for Air Quality Violations
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Valero to Pay $122K Settlement for Air Quality Violations

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Thursday it has settled a case with the Valero Refining Company for air quality violations at its…

State High Court Upholds Triple Murder Conviction in San Pablo Gang Case
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State High Court Upholds Triple Murder Conviction in San Pablo Gang Case

The California Supreme Court in San Francisco today unanimously upheld the triple murder conviction and 100-years-to-life sentence of a man found guilty of three gang-related…

Justice Department, Students and SFUSD Propose Modified Agreement in 1974 Discrimination Case
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Justice Department, Students and SFUSD Propose Modified Agreement in 1974 Discrimination Case

The U.S. Justice Department and plaintiffs in a 45-year-old school discrimination case asked a federal judge today to approve a modified agreement for services to…

State High Court Rejects Claim by Man Sentenced to Death for Six Oakland Murders in 1986
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State High Court Rejects Claim by Man Sentenced to Death for Six Oakland Murders in 1986

The California Supreme Court today unanimously turned down an Oakland man’s challenge to his conviction and death penalty for the murder of six people in…

Man Found Guilty in 2010 Rape Case
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Man Found Guilty in 2010 Rape Case

A San Francisco man has been found guilty of the 2010 rape of a woman in her apartment, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced…

Legally Drunk Motorcyclist Who Critically Injured Cable Car Operator Pleads Not Guilty
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Legally Drunk Motorcyclist Who Critically Injured Cable Car Operator Pleads Not Guilty

A motorcyclist who was allegedly driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .12 percent when he hit and critically injured a cable car operator in…

Man Accused of Conspiring in Revenge Porn Site Pleads Guilty to Email Hacking Charges
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Man Accused of Conspiring in Revenge Porn Site Pleads Guilty to Email Hacking Charges

A Los Angeles man accused of being an accomplice in a now-defunct website that featured stolen nude photos has pleaded guilty in San Francisco Superior…

State Labor Commission Says A Former Uber Driver Was An Employee, Entitled to Expense Reimbursement
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State Labor Commission Says A Former Uber Driver Was An Employee, Entitled to Expense Reimbursement

The California Labor Commission has ruled that a former Uber Technologies Inc. driver was an employee, not an independent contractor, and is entitled to reimbursement…

Court Upholds $14.35M PG&E Fine for Late and Misleading Correction of San Carlos Pipeline Records
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Court Upholds $14.35M PG&E Fine for Late and Misleading Correction of San Carlos Pipeline Records

A state appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday upheld a $14.35 million fine imposed by the California Public Utilities Commission on PG&E for a…

Appeals Court Mulls Concealed Carry Restrictions in California
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Appeals Court Mulls Concealed Carry Restrictions in California

Eleven judges of a federal appeals court heard arguments in San Francisco today but did not indicate how they will rule on whether California counties…

Family Files Suit Against SF for Fatal Fire at Sunnydale Public Housing
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Family Files Suit Against SF for Fatal Fire at Sunnydale Public Housing

The family members of a 3-year-old boy and his mother who died in a fire in San Francisco’s Sunnydale public housing complex last year have…

State High Court Upholds Right of Cities to Require Affordable Housing in New Developments
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State High Court Upholds Right of Cities to Require Affordable Housing in New Developments

The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled in San Francisco today that cities have the right to require developers to make a portion of new units…

Judge Orders Political Consultant Charged with Possession of Child Pornography to Stay Away from Minors
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Judge Orders Political Consultant Charged with Possession of Child Pornography to Stay Away from Minors

A San Francisco Superior Court judge issued a protective order today prohibiting prominent San Francisco political consultant Juan Enrique Pearce, who is charged with six…

Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Selling and Importing Counterfeit DVDs
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Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Selling and Importing Counterfeit DVDs

A 43-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco for importing and selling counterfeit DVDs. San Francisco resident Christopher Breejen will…

Grand Jury Report Finds City Whistleblower Ordinance Provides Little Real Protection
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Grand Jury Report Finds City Whistleblower Ordinance Provides Little Real Protection

San Francisco’s whistleblower protection ordinance is too narrow and restrictive to protect most whistleblowers and offers few remedies for victims of retaliation, according to a…

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to City’s Gun Storage Law
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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to City’s Gun Storage Law

A San Francisco law that requires handguns in the home to be stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock was left…

Notorious Landlord Sued by City for Allegedly Bullying Tenants Out of Rent-Controlled Units
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Notorious Landlord Sued by City for Allegedly Bullying Tenants Out of Rent-Controlled Units

A San Francisco landlord who is allegedly bullying elderly and disabled tenants into surrendering their rent-controlled apartments has been sued by the city. City Attorney…

Defense Attorney says SFPD Officer Engaged in “Mutual Combat” with his Girlfriend
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Defense Attorney says SFPD Officer Engaged in “Mutual Combat” with his Girlfriend

A San Francisco police officer who pleaded not guilty last week to charges that stemmed from an alleged alcohol-fueled fight with his girlfriend in May…

SFPD Officer Accused of Domestic Violence, Assault Pleads Not Guilty
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SFPD Officer Accused of Domestic Violence, Assault Pleads Not Guilty

A San Francisco police officer who was arrested last month for alleged domestic violence, assault and obstructing the use of a wireless device pleaded not…

Silk Road Operator Sentenced to Life Imprisonment
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Silk Road Operator Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

San Francisco resident Ross William Ulbricht, the founder of the notorious black market drug site Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison in Manhattan…

Three Teens Charged With Murder Following April Hit-and-Run Collision, Crime Spree
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Three Teens Charged With Murder Following April Hit-and-Run Collision, Crime Spree

Three teenagers who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in April while fleeing from police during a multi-day crime spree are being charged with murder…

MyRedBook.com Operator Gets 13 Month Prison Sentence
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MyRedBook.com Operator Gets 13 Month Prison Sentence

A Mountain View man was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison today for operating an online market for sex workers, according to the U.S….

Former SFPD Officer Who Testified in Corruption Trial Sentenced
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Former SFPD Officer Who Testified in Corruption Trial Sentenced

A former San Francisco police officer who testified against two colleagues in a federal corruption trial received the comparatively light sentence of 12 months in…

Lower Court to Decide Whether SFPD Officers Violated ADA by Shooting Mentally Ill Woman in 2008
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Lower Court to Decide Whether SFPD Officers Violated ADA by Shooting Mentally Ill Woman in 2008

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left a lower court to decide whether two San Francisco police officers violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when…

33 People Accused of Conspiring in Unlicensed Distribution of Prescription Drugs, Racketeering, and Money Laundering
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33 People Accused of Conspiring in Unlicensed Distribution of Prescription Drugs, Racketeering, and Money Laundering

Thirty-three people have been indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges of conspiring to sell illegally procured wholesale prescription drugs, committing…

ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66 to Pay $11.5M Over Hazardous Waste Violations
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ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66 to Pay $11.5M Over Hazardous Waste Violations

An oil company and refining company will have to pay $11.5 million following the settlement of a lawsuit that charged the companies with improper hazardous…

City Attorney, Landlords Agree to $276K Settlement of Lawsuit Alleging Illegal Apartment Conversion
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City Attorney, Landlords Agree to $276K Settlement of Lawsuit Alleging Illegal Apartment Conversion

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced a $276,000 settlement of a lawsuit in which he alleged a landlord couple illegally converted two Pacific…

Virtual Currency Company Agrees to $700,000 Settlement of US Investigation
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Virtual Currency Company Agrees to $700,000 Settlement of US Investigation

The U.S. Justice and Treasury departments announced today that a San Francisco-based virtual currency company has agreed to resolve criminal and civil investigations by paying…

Judge Sentences Two Men Who Were Convicted of Racketeering Conspiracy but Acquitted of Triple Homicide
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Judge Sentences Two Men Who Were Convicted of Racketeering Conspiracy but Acquitted of Triple Homicide

Two men who were convicted of racketeering conspiracy but acquitted of conspiring in a 2010 gang-related triple murder in South San Francisco were sentenced in…

Former SFPD Sergeant Convicted of Corruption Beings Sentence at Colorado Prison Camp
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Former SFPD Sergeant Convicted of Corruption Beings Sentence at Colorado Prison Camp

A former San Francisco police sergeant who was convicted of corruption surrendered to a federal prison camp in Colorado today to begin serving his sentence…

Prosecutors Considering Appeal to US Supreme Court to Reinstate Bonds Conviction
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Prosecutors Considering Appeal to US Supreme Court to Reinstate Bonds Conviction

Federal prosecutors have announced they are considering appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the obstruction of justice conviction of former San Francisco Giants…

Woman Who Allegedly Injured Three Bicyclists in Hit-And-Run to Appear in Court Thursday
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Woman Who Allegedly Injured Three Bicyclists in Hit-And-Run to Appear in Court Thursday

A suspect who allegedly hit three bicyclists with her Jeep Cherokee as she fled from a crash in San Francisco’s Alamo Square neighborhood earlier this…

Port Files Suit in Fight to Evict Pier 2 Restaurant
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Port Files Suit in Fight to Evict Pier 2 Restaurant

The Port of San Francisco has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Sinbad’s Restaurant at Pier 2, which has remained open for business despite…

Psychologist Sentenced to Four Months, $496,101 Restitution for False and Improper Bills to Government
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Psychologist Sentenced to Four Months, $496,101 Restitution for False and Improper Bills to Government

A psychologist who admitted submitting more than 1,100 false bills for treatment of government employees has been sentenced in federal court in San Francisco to…

$1M Bail Set for Man Accused of Attacking Sleeping Homeless Man With Bat
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$1M Bail Set for Man Accused of Attacking Sleeping Homeless Man With Bat

A 65-year-old man arrested after allegedly beating a sleeping homeless man over the head five times with a metal baseball bat Tuesday morning in San…

Bonds “Humbled and Truly Thankful” Conviction Overturned
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Bonds “Humbled and Truly Thankful” Conviction Overturned

Nearly eight years after former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds was first indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, a federal appeals…

US Citizen Sues State Department for Allegedly Illegally Revoking His Passport and Leaving Him Stranded in Yemen
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US Citizen Sues State Department for Allegedly Illegally Revoking His Passport and Leaving Him Stranded in Yemen

A San Francisco man has sued the U.S. State Department in federal court, claiming that American embassy officials in Yemen illegally revoked his passport and…

Court Upholds $2.8M Compensation but Strikes Down Punitive Award for Woman Molested by Jehovah’s Witnesses
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Court Upholds $2.8M Compensation but Strikes Down Punitive Award for Woman Molested by Jehovah’s Witnesses

A state appeals court in San Francisco today upheld a $2.8 million compensatory damage award for a woman who was molested as a child by…

Sprint Agrees to Pay $15.5M in Federal Surveillance Lawsuit
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Sprint Agrees to Pay $15.5M in Federal Surveillance Lawsuit

The office of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced Thursday that Sprint Communications, Inc., has agreed to pay $15.5 million to settle allegations that it overcharged…