Court Upholds Death Penalty in Stockton Quadruple Murder Case
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Court Upholds Death Penalty in Stockton Quadruple Murder Case

The death penalty of a Stockton man who killed four people during a two-month crime spree in 1997 was upheld by the California Supreme Court…

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Appeal in 2001 Dog-Mauling Case
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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Appeal in 2001 Dog-Mauling Case

A former San Francisco lawyer has lost her bid to a federal appeals court in the city to overturn her second-degree murder conviction for the…

Bail set at $5 Million for Suspect in CHP Officer Stabbing
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Bail set at $5 Million for Suspect in CHP Officer Stabbing

Bail was set at $5 million today for a man accused of slashing a California Highway Patrol officer in the throat and arm on a…

Man Convicted for Second Time of 1985 Murder After Previous Conviction Overturned
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Man Convicted for Second Time of 1985 Murder After Previous Conviction Overturned

A San Francisco man has been convicted for the second time of a 30-year-old rape and murder of a Potrero Hill woman based on “cold…

Three Defendants in City Corruption Case to be Arraigned Friday
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Three Defendants in City Corruption Case to be Arraigned Friday

Three former San Francisco insiders charged with taking contributions from undercover FBI agents in return for political access and favors are scheduled to be arraigned…

Former SF City Staffers Charged with Corruption
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Former SF City Staffers Charged with Corruption

Three former San Francisco City Hall insiders are facing corruption charges for allegedly taking contributions from undercover FBI agents in exchange for political access and…

Judge Chooses SF Lawyer for Lead Council for 500 VW Fraud Cases
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Judge Chooses SF Lawyer for Lead Council for 500 VW Fraud Cases

A San Francisco lawyer was appointed by a federal judge today as the lead counsel in more than 500 consumer fraud lawsuits filed against Volkswagen…

Prosecutor Says “Shrimp Boy” Verdict is Fair
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Prosecutor Says “Shrimp Boy” Verdict is Fair

Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the leader of a Chinatown fraternal association, was convicted by a federal jury in San Francisco today on all 162 organized-crime…

Man Convicted of Misdemeanor Vandalism, Hate Crime Charges for Anti-Chinese Graffiti
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Man Convicted of Misdemeanor Vandalism, Hate Crime Charges for Anti-Chinese Graffiti

A man arrested in connection with anti-Chinese graffiti in the Portola and Bayview neighborhoods of San Francisco was found guilty today of misdemeanor vandalism and…

Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Park Incident Involving Two Muslim Men
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Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Park Incident Involving Two Muslim Men

A woman who was caught on video shouting insults at Muslim men praying in Lake Chabot Regional Park last month pleaded not guilty today to…

Prosector Claims Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow Was Ruthless Thug
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Prosector Claims Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow Was Ruthless Thug

Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the leader of a Chinatown fraternal association, was described as a “ruthless, opportunistic, ego-driven thug” by a prosecutor during closing arguments…

Suspect in Theft of Supe’s Cellphone to be Arraigned
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Suspect in Theft of Supe’s Cellphone to be Arraigned

A woman who allegedly robbed San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener of his cellphone and then demanded money for its return will make her first appearance…

Fremont Man Indicted for Allegedly Trying to Join Al-Qaeda Branch in Syria
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Fremont Man Indicted for Allegedly Trying to Join Al-Qaeda Branch in Syria

A Fremont man appeared in federal court this morning on charges that he tried to travel to Syria and join a branch of Al-Qaeda there,…

“Shrimp Boy” Trial Recessed, To Resume Dec. 7
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“Shrimp Boy” Trial Recessed, To Resume Dec. 7

The racketeering conspiracy and murder trial of Chinatown tong leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow was recessed in federal court in San Francisco today because of…

Agent Testifies That Despite Protests, Chow Never Gave Back Alleged Payoffs
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Agent Testifies That Despite Protests, Chow Never Gave Back Alleged Payoffs

An undercover FBI agent insisted during cross-examination in federal court in San Francisco today that Chinatown tong leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow always accepted alleged…

Jury Acquits Woman who Fatally Stabbed her Boyfriend at a Tenderloin Hotel
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Jury Acquits Woman who Fatally Stabbed her Boyfriend at a Tenderloin Hotel

A San Francisco jury has acquitted a 31-year-old woman today who fatally stabbed her boyfriend in a hotel room in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood last…

Couple Accused in Attack of Transgender Woman Claim Self-Defense
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Couple Accused in Attack of Transgender Woman Claim Self-Defense

A San Francisco couple accused of hate crimes stemming from the assault of a transgender woman in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood Sunday claim…

Federal Appeals Court Leaves State Death Penalty System In Place
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Federal Appeals Court Leaves State Death Penalty System In Place

California’s death penalty was left in place by a federal appeals court in San Francisco today. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court…

Former Aide Testifies Against Raymond Chow
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Former Aide Testifies Against Raymond Chow

A former aide to Chinatown tong leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow testified at Chow’s murder and racketeering trial in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday…

Woman Pleads Not Guilty to DUI in Marina Crash That Injured Two Boys
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Woman Pleads Not Guilty to DUI in Marina Crash That Injured Two Boys

A 30-year-old woman who seriously injured two 12-year-old boys as they were walking to school in a crosswalk in San Francisco’s Marina District last week…

Scotland Man Indicted for Using Twitter to Manipulate Stock Prices
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Scotland Man Indicted for Using Twitter to Manipulate Stock Prices

A U.K. man was indicted in San Francisco today for allegedly using Twitter to defame technology companies, tanking their stock so he could buy it…

SF DA Files Charges Against Driver Who Struck 12 Year Old Boys
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SF DA Files Charges Against Driver Who Struck 12 Year Old Boys

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against 30-year-old driver who struck two 12-year-old boys as they crossed the street in the city’s…

Suspect in Bay Bridge Pursuit Pleads Not Guilty
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Suspect in Bay Bridge Pursuit Pleads Not Guilty

A 26-year-old man who allegedly led police on a chase last weekend through San Francisco and leapt from the upper to the lower deck of…

Class Action Lawsuit Aims to End Monetary Bail System
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Class Action Lawsuit Aims to End Monetary Bail System

A class action lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court that claims San Francisco’s wealth-based pretrial detention system unfairly targets low-income inmates. San Francisco Sheriff…

Nevada to Pay $400K Settlement to Cover Costs of “Dumping Patients”
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Nevada to Pay $400K Settlement to Cover Costs of “Dumping Patients”

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously gave its initial approval today of a $400,000 settlement from the State of Nevada following the City Attorney’s…

Prosecutors Will Not Seek Death Penalty Against Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow
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Prosecutors Will Not Seek Death Penalty Against Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow

Federal prosecutors announced today they will not seek a death penalty against Chinatown fraternal association leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” if he is convicted of causing…

Laura’s Law Aims to Make Assisted Outpatient Treatment a Family Affair
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Laura’s Law Aims to Make Assisted Outpatient Treatment a Family Affair

Under Laura’s Law in San Francisco, high-risk severely mentally ill people won’t be forced to take medications and they won’t be forced to comply with…

Death Penalty Upheld in 1979 Murder of San Pablo Girl
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Death Penalty Upheld in 1979 Murder of San Pablo Girl

The murder conviction and death sentence of a man who raped and strangled an 8-year-old San Pablo girl in 1979 were unanimously upheld today by…

Former DEA Agent Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Corruption in Silk Road Probe
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Former DEA Agent Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Corruption in Silk Road Probe

A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who admitted stealing more than $500,000 in Bitcoin while investigating the Silk Road black market website was sentenced…

“Shrimp Boy” Trial Postponed to November 9
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“Shrimp Boy” Trial Postponed to November 9

The racketeering and murder solicitation trial of Chinatown association leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow was postponed in federal court in San Francisco today until Nov….

Prosecutors Expect Grand Jury Indictment Adding Murder Solicitation Charges Against Chow
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Prosecutors Expect Grand Jury Indictment Adding Murder Solicitation Charges Against Chow

A prosecutor told a federal judge in San Francisco today that government lawyers are planning to add new charges against Chinatown association leader Raymond “Shrimp…

Nanny Sues Uber, Airbnb Executives for Alleged Wage Theft and Sexual Harassment
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Nanny Sues Uber, Airbnb Executives for Alleged Wage Theft and Sexual Harassment

A lawsuit filed today in San Francisco against two prominent executives alleges the couple paid a longtime live-in nanny less than the minimum wage and…

Jury Convicts Man for Posing as a Doctor, Sexually Assaulting Patients
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Jury Convicts Man for Posing as a Doctor, Sexually Assaulting Patients

A man accused of posing as a medical professional and sexually assaulting women in San Francisco’s Mission District was convicted of 33 felonies and eight…

$400,000 Patient Dumping Settlement Expected to be Finalized by End of 2015
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$400,000 Patient Dumping Settlement Expected to be Finalized by End of 2015

A tentative $400,000 settlement of a patient-dumping lawsuit filed against Nevada by the city of San Francisco is expected to be finalized by the end…

Former SFPD Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzling From LGBT Police Group
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Former SFPD Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzling From LGBT Police Group

A former San Francisco police officer charged with embezzlement and grand theft stemming from allegations that he took money from an LGBT police officer organization…

Woman Suspected of Stabbing Boy on Muni Pleads Not Guilty
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Woman Suspected of Stabbing Boy on Muni Pleads Not Guilty

A 27-year-old woman suspected of stabbing a 10-year-old boy on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus traveling through the city’s Bayview District on Thursday afternoon…

Food Stamp Applicants Sue Alameda County Over Alleged Delay In Processing Applications
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Food Stamp Applicants Sue Alameda County Over Alleged Delay In Processing Applications

Three food stamp applicants sued Alameda County in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday, alleging the county is breaking the law and harming people in…

Appeals Court Says No Environmental Review Needed for Kapor Berkeley House
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Appeals Court Says No Environmental Review Needed for Kapor Berkeley House

A plan by technology developer Mitchell Kapor to build a 6,478-square-foot house with a 10-car garage on a Berkeley hillside has moved a step closer…

Restaurant Co-Owner Accused of Concealing Failure to Pay Overtime
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Restaurant Co-Owner Accused of Concealing Failure to Pay Overtime

The part-owner of two dim sum restaurants in San Francisco has been indicted on federal charges related to an alleged scheme in which he lied…

U.S. Appeals Court Says Batmobile Protected by Copyright
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U.S. Appeals Court Says Batmobile Protected by Copyright

A federal appeals court ruled in San Francisco that the Batmobile, the high-tech vehicle used by crime-fighting Batman in comics and movies, is protected by…