Jury to Begin Deliberating Monday in Police Corruption Trial
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Jury to Begin Deliberating Monday in Police Corruption Trial

Prosecution and defense attorneys in the federal corruption trial of two San Francisco police officers rested their cases today, clearing the way for the jury…

Woman Pleads Guilty to Helping Run Prostitution Website
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Woman Pleads Guilty to Helping Run Prostitution Website

A Rocklin, California, woman accused of helping run a website that advertised prostitution services changed her plea to guilty Thursday, according to court documents. Annmarie…

Federal Prosecutors Collect $327M From Criminal, Civil Actions This Year
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Federal Prosecutors Collect $327M From Criminal, Civil Actions This Year

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California, based in San Francisco, collected more than $327 million in criminal and civil actions in…

PG&E to Appeal Commission Sanction for Judge-Shopping Emails
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PG&E to Appeal Commission Sanction for Judge-Shopping Emails

The California Public Utilities Commission at a meeting in San Francisco today imposed a $1.05 million fine as well as an additional potentially multimillion penalty…

SF City Attorney Sues Oakland Tax Preparation Service Over Tax Refund Fraud Targeting Low-Income Residents
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SF City Attorney Sues Oakland Tax Preparation Service Over Tax Refund Fraud Targeting Low-Income Residents

The city attorney for San Francisco is suing an Oakland-based tax preparation company over allegations it systematically swindled low-income residents out of their tax refunds….

Restaurant Workers Receive $4.1M in Dim Sum Restaurant Settlement
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Restaurant Workers Receive $4.1M in Dim Sum Restaurant Settlement

Employees at a San Francisco dim sum restaurant won big in a $4 million settlement on behalf of workers who had been denied the city’s…

Appeals Court Blocks Law That Would Require Sex Offenders to Report Online Names and ISPs
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Appeals Court Blocks Law That Would Require Sex Offenders to Report Online Names and ISPs

A federal appeals court in San Francisco today blocked enforcement of a state law that would require registered sex offenders in California to notify police…

Former Officer Who Pleaded Guilty Describes Alleged Thefts by Two Colleagues Now on Trial
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Former Officer Who Pleaded Guilty Describes Alleged Thefts by Two Colleagues Now on Trial

A former San Francisco police officer told a federal jury today of several incidents in 2009 in which he alleged two other officers joined him…

Want To Knock Your Nonviolent Felony Down To A Misdemeanor? SF’s Public Defender Has A Hotline For That
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Want To Knock Your Nonviolent Felony Down To A Misdemeanor? SF’s Public Defender Has A Hotline For That

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi today announced an information line available to clients who may be eligible for free help to have their nonviolent…

Former Police Officer Testifies that Two Officers on Trial Joined Him in Thefts
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Former Police Officer Testifies that Two Officers on Trial Joined Him in Thefts

A former San Francisco police officer told a federal jury today that he stole money, property and drugs during searches and arrests and said he…

Wedding Planner Convicted After Failing to Produce  Wedding Services
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Wedding Planner Convicted After Failing to Produce Wedding Services

A San Francisco wedding planner who ripped off dozens of couples surrendered Wednesday to serve a four-year prison sentence for grand theft, the district attorney’s…

Bail Lowered, Sordid Past Revealed in Bad Elmo Bail Hearing
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Bail Lowered, Sordid Past Revealed in Bad Elmo Bail Hearing

A San Francisco Superior Court judge lowered the bail today for a Fisherman’s Wharf street performer with a history of questionable behavior who allegedly threatened…

Governor Appoints Former Bar President, Superior Court Judge to Appeals Court
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Governor Appoints Former Bar President, Superior Court Judge to Appeals Court

A former State Bar of California president and a San Francisco Superior Court judge were appointed to the state Court of Appeal in San Francisco…

Audiologist Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion, Admits Embezzling $750K
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Audiologist Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion, Admits Embezzling $750K

An audiologist pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in San Francisco today to one count of tax evasion and admitted embezzling more than $750,000 while…

Bad Elmo to Appear in Court Today
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Bad Elmo to Appear in Court Today

A 50-year-old man known to many as “Bad Elmo” is scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a bail hearing after his arrest in San…

FBI Denies Claim They They Used Drones To Spy On Defendant In Senator Leland Yee Corruption Case
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FBI Denies Claim They They Used Drones To Spy On Defendant In Senator Leland Yee Corruption Case

Update, 11/15/2014: The FBI is saying that the aerial video footage that Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow’s lawyers initially claimed was from a drone, was in fact…

Prosecutor Alleges “Corruption With a Badge” at Start of Trial of Two Police Officers
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Prosecutor Alleges “Corruption With a Badge” at Start of Trial of Two Police Officers

A prosecutor told jurors in the theft and conspiracy trial of two San Francisco police officers in federal court today that the case is about…

Alleged Operator of Silk Road 2.0 Awaits Trial
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Alleged Operator of Silk Road 2.0 Awaits Trial

A San Francisco computer programmer accused of running a resurrected version of a black market website known as Silk Road agreed in federal court in…

Former Nonprofit CFO Pleads Guilty to Four Counts, Admits Embezzling $928,000
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Former Nonprofit CFO Pleads Guilty to Four Counts, Admits Embezzling $928,000

The former chief financial officer of a nonprofit trade association has pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco to four felony counts and admitted…

Assemblymember Concerned That State Funds Earmarked for Education Will Go To CCSF Legal Fees
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Assemblymember Concerned That State Funds Earmarked for Education Will Go To CCSF Legal Fees

Midway through the week-long trial of a lawsuit filed by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera against an accreditation commission that trying to disaccredit City…

Accreditation Commission President Admits They Were Quick to Disaccredit CCSF
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Accreditation Commission President Admits They Were Quick to Disaccredit CCSF

The president of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges testified in San Francisco Superior Court this afternoon that she did not provide the…

Brothers Plead Not Guilty to Mission District Murder
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Brothers Plead Not Guilty to Mission District Murder

Two San Francisco brothers arrested on suspicion of stabbing a 20-year-old man to death in the Mission District last month pleaded not guilty today to…

Ten Indicted in Bay Area Human Trafficking and Brothel Ring
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Ten Indicted in Bay Area Human Trafficking and Brothel Ring

A federal grand jury in San Francisco has indicted ten people who allegedly ran a network of 40 brothels throughout the Bay Area employing women…

City Attorney to Appeal Ruling That Overturned Tenant Relocation Assistance Law
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City Attorney to Appeal Ruling That Overturned Tenant Relocation Assistance Law

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said he will appeal a ruling by a federal judge on Tuesday that invalidates a city ordinance requiring landlords…

Three MS-13 Members Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Daly City Murder
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Three MS-13 Members Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Daly City Murder

Three MS-13 gang members were sentenced to 27 years in prison this morning for the 2010 murder of a cook in Daly City when they…

Driver of Stolen Vehicle who Killed Bicyclist Charged with Murder, Mayhem
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Driver of Stolen Vehicle who Killed Bicyclist Charged with Murder, Mayhem

A man who allegedly killed a bicyclist while fleeing from police in a stolen van in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood in July is now facing…

Federal Judge Finds San Rafael Restaurant Committed Wage Violations and Intimidated Employees
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Federal Judge Finds San Rafael Restaurant Committed Wage Violations and Intimidated Employees

A federal jury in San Francisco returned a verdict against the Seafood Peddler of San Rafael restaurant and its owner, Alphonse Silvestri, finding they retaliated…

Federal Judge Strikes Down City Ordinance Requiring Steep Payouts to Ellis Act Evictees
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Federal Judge Strikes Down City Ordinance Requiring Steep Payouts to Ellis Act Evictees

A federal judge today struck down a San Francisco ordinance that steeply increased payments landlords were required to pay tenants evicted from properties they intended…

Environmental Group Settles with Air District Over Chevron Project Litigation
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Environmental Group Settles with Air District Over Chevron Project Litigation

A California environmental group has settled with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District months after it sued the district over permits for Chevron’s $1…

Identity Thief Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison
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Identity Thief Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison

A federal court judge sentenced a 34-year-old woman on Wednesday to 27 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to charges of credit card fraud…

SF Superior Court Reduces Services During Court Workers Strike
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SF Superior Court Reduces Services During Court Workers Strike

A one-day strike being held by San Francisco Superior Court workers with Service Employees International Union Local 1021 at courthouses across the city today is…

Man Sentenced to 51 Years to Life Imprisonment for 2009 Tenderloin Homicide
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Man Sentenced to 51 Years to Life Imprisonment for 2009 Tenderloin Homicide

A man found guilty of killing another man over a drug dispute at a residential hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood in 2009 was sentenced…

Alleged Gang Member Convicted of 2010 South SF Triple Murder
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Alleged Gang Member Convicted of 2010 South SF Triple Murder

A Petaluma man was convicted by a federal jury in San Francisco today of a gang-related triple murder on a South San Francisco street in…

Family of Woman Fatally Struck by City Employee at Holly Park to Receive $15.1M Settlement
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Family of Woman Fatally Struck by City Employee at Holly Park to Receive $15.1M Settlement

The family of a 35-year-old woman who was run over and killed by a city employee driving on the grass in San Francisco’s Holly Park…

US Appeals Court Upholds Alameda County Drug Disposal Law
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US Appeals Court Upholds Alameda County Drug Disposal Law

A federal appeals court in San Francisco today upheld a pioneering Alameda County law that requires prescription drug makers to pay for programs to dispose…

Jury Rejects Journalist’s Claim of Retaliation Arrest at BART Protest
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Jury Rejects Journalist’s Claim of Retaliation Arrest at BART Protest

A federal jury in San Francisco today rejected a journalist’s claim that he was unfairly arrested during a 2011 protest at a BART station in…

Foster City Man Sued for Alleged ATM Investment Business Fraud
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Foster City Man Sued for Alleged ATM Investment Business Fraud

A Foster City man who faces criminal charges in state court for an alleged ATM investment scheme was sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange…

Former Top Federal Exec Charged with Fraudulent Travel Claims
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Former Top Federal Exec Charged with Fraudulent Travel Claims

A former high-ranking federal executive who organized a notoriously lavish western conference in 2010 was indicted by a U.S. grand jury in San Francisco today…

Court Workers Decide Whether or not to Strike Over Stalled Contract Negotiations
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Court Workers Decide Whether or not to Strike Over Stalled Contract Negotiations

Dozens of San Francisco court workers rallied outside the city’s Civic Center Courthouse this afternoon to cast their votes on whether to strike amid what…

Jury to Begin Deliberating in South SF Racketeering and Murder Trial
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Jury to Begin Deliberating in South SF Racketeering and Murder Trial

A federal jury is set to begin deliberating in San Francisco Tuesday in a lengthy racketeering trial in which two alleged members of a South…