Homeland Security Agent Found Guilty of Possession of Child Pornography
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Homeland Security Agent Found Guilty of Possession of Child Pornography

A jury in San Francisco found a 39-year-old Customs and Border Patrol agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security guilty of possession of child…

State Bar Panel Gives Highest Rating to High Court Nominee Leondra Kruger
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State Bar Panel Gives Highest Rating to High Court Nominee Leondra Kruger

A U.S. Justice Department official nominated to the California Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown has been rated by a State Bar panel as “exceptionally…

US Judge Sets June Date for Corruption Trial of Yee and Jackson
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US Judge Sets June Date for Corruption Trial of Yee and Jackson

Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee and political consultant Keith Jackson were given a June 1 date in federal court in San Francisco today for the…

Judge Says Oakland Must Turn Over Internal Police Documents
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Judge Says Oakland Must Turn Over Internal Police Documents

A federal judge has ordered Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker to turn over documents to a court-appointed official who is investigating why the city is…

San Bruno Asks PUC to Order Release and Review of 65,000 Emails Between PG&E and PUC
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San Bruno Asks PUC to Order Release and Review of 65,000 Emails Between PG&E and PUC

The city of San Bruno asked the California Public Utilities Commission today to order PG&E Co. to release 65,000 email messages exchanged between PG&E and…

Man Acquitted After Being Arrested for Setting Fire to a Mercedes
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Man Acquitted After Being Arrested for Setting Fire to a Mercedes

A 48-year-old man initially believed to have broken into a luxury apartment garage and then torched a Mercedes sedan in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood…

$3M Proposed in Settlement to Family of Missing SFGH Patient Found Dead
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$3M Proposed in Settlement to Family of Missing SFGH Patient Found Dead

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to authorize a settlement of nearly $3 million to the family of Lynne Spalding,…

Operator of MyRedBook.com Pleads Guilty to Facilitating Prostitution
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Operator of MyRedBook.com Pleads Guilty to Facilitating Prostitution

A Mountain View man pleaded guilty today to facilitating prostitution by running a website that allowed sex workers to advertise services and make private arrangements,…

Uber Driver Who Fatally Struck Six Year Old Appears in Court
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Uber Driver Who Fatally Struck Six Year Old Appears in Court

A former Uber driver who fatally struck a 6-year-old girl in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood on New Year’s Eve made his initial court appearance today…

Judge Hears Closing Arguments in City College Case, Will Rule in January
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Judge Hears Closing Arguments in City College Case, Will Rule in January

A San Francisco Superior Court judge said today he will rule in January on whether to overturn a regional agency’s termination of accreditation for City…

Consumer Protection Complaint Filed Against Uber, Settlement Reached With Lyft
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Consumer Protection Complaint Filed Against Uber, Settlement Reached With Lyft

Today, the San Francisco and Los Angeles County district attorneys filed a settlement with the transportation network company Lyft over a civil consumer protection action…

Public Defender Says Wrong Person Arrested in Homicide of 14 Year Old
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Public Defender Says Wrong Person Arrested in Homicide of 14 Year Old

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released video evidence to the public today that he said may prove the innocence of a 14-year-old boy who…

City Officials Express Disappointment in Corrupt Police Officers Found Guilty by Federal Jury
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City Officials Express Disappointment in Corrupt Police Officers Found Guilty by Federal Jury

San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr expressed his deep disappointment with two San Francisco police officers who were convicted today of federal felony conspiracy against…

Appeals Court Says DNA Collection Law Violates State Constitution
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Appeals Court Says DNA Collection Law Violates State Constitution

For a second time, a state appeals court in San Francisco today struck down a California law that requires police to collect DNA samples from…

Livestreamer Arrested at Ferguson-Related Protest Pleads Not Guilty to Battery on an Officer
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Livestreamer Arrested at Ferguson-Related Protest Pleads Not Guilty to Battery on an Officer

A citizen journalist who was arrested on suspicion of battering a police officer near San Francisco’s Union Square during a Ferguson-related demonstration on Black Friday…

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

A federal jury is due to start deliberating Tuesday in the corruption trial of two San Francisco police officers accused stealing money and property during…

SF Public Defender Speaks Out Against “biased legal and ethical decisions” In Ferguson Grand Jury Inquiry
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SF Public Defender Speaks Out Against “biased legal and ethical decisions” In Ferguson Grand Jury Inquiry

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi spoke out today in opposition to a grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in…

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…