Judge Finds No Evidence Mayor Lee Committed Crime, Denies Motion by “Shrimp Boy” Lawyers
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Judge Finds No Evidence Mayor Lee Committed Crime, Denies Motion by “Shrimp Boy” Lawyers

A federal judge denied a motion to dismiss criminal charges against alleged gang leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow today, finding the defense lacked evidence that…

Appeals Court Rejects Oakland’s Efforts to Keep Harborside Pot Dispensary Open
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Appeals Court Rejects Oakland’s Efforts to Keep Harborside Pot Dispensary Open

A federal appeals court today ruled against the city of Oakland’s efforts to block the U.S. Justice Department from closing the city’s largest medical marijuana…

Prosecutors Say Uber Hired Drivers Convicted of Murder, Sexual Assault, Other Felonies
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Prosecutors Say Uber Hired Drivers Convicted of Murder, Sexual Assault, Other Felonies

Prosecutors say Uber drivers convicted of murder, sexual assault, driving under the influence and other felonies passed Uber’s “industry-leading” background checks. Since the filing of…

Workers Citing Mismanagement Urge State to Properly Fund Court System
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Workers Citing Mismanagement Urge State to Properly Fund Court System

San Francisco Superior Court workers this afternoon called on the state to bolster court services and establish adequate funding levels, which have fallen short following…

Terminated DA’s Office Investigator Sues for Age Discrimination
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Terminated DA’s Office Investigator Sues for Age Discrimination

A long-time employee of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit claiming San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon discriminated against…

Judge Declines to Seal Allegedly Confidential Documents Filed by Raymond Chow
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Judge Declines to Seal Allegedly Confidential Documents Filed by Raymond Chow

A federal judge in San Francisco today turned down a prosecution request to seal documents in which racketeering defendant Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow disclosed excerpts…

Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering 18 Year Old Balboa HS Student
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Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering 18 Year Old Balboa HS Student

A 43-year-old San Francisco woman suspected of fatally shooting an 18-year-old Balboa High School student at San Francisco’s McLaren Park in May pleaded not guilty…

Woman Suspect of Killing 18 Year Old to Appear in Court
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Woman Suspect of Killing 18 Year Old to Appear in Court

A 42-year-old San Francisco woman suspected of killing an 18-year-old Balboa High School student at San Francisco’s McLaren Park in May has been charged with…

Jury Finds Sheriff’s Deputy Guilty of Assaulting Hospital Patient
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Jury Finds Sheriff’s Deputy Guilty of Assaulting Hospital Patient

A jury found San Francisco sheriff’s deputy Michael Robert Lewelling guilty today of criminal charges stemming from video surveillance footage of an assault on a…

Judge Continues Order Blocking Release of Any Secret Video Tape Made at Abortion Association Meetings
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Judge Continues Order Blocking Release of Any Secret Video Tape Made at Abortion Association Meetings

A federal judge in San Francisco today continued a temporary order that blocks an anti-abortion group from releasing any secretly recorded videos made at annual…

Hillsborough Business Owner Indicted for Tax Fraud
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Hillsborough Business Owner Indicted for Tax Fraud

A Hillsborough business owner appeared in a San Francisco federal court on tax fraud charges Friday after allegedly concealing a bank account from his accountant…

Silver Terrace Homicide Suspect Had Romantic Relationship With Victim
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Silver Terrace Homicide Suspect Had Romantic Relationship With Victim

A convicted felon who pleaded not guilty to murder today in the shooting death of a 43-year-old woman in San Francisco’s Silver Terrace neighborhood early…

Appeals Court Dismisses City’s Lawsuit Against Federal Pipeline Safety Agency
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Appeals Court Dismisses City’s Lawsuit Against Federal Pipeline Safety Agency

A U.S. appeals court today dismissed a lawsuit in which the city of San Francisco claimed a federal pipeline safety agency failed to enforce safety…

City to Pay $20K Settlement to Bicyclist Arrested in 2013

San Francisco agreed to pay $20,000 this week to a bicyclist who sued the city over police use of force during a 2013 arrest that…

Church Sues Nonprofit to Halt Proposed Sale of Affordable Housing
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Church Sues Nonprofit to Halt Proposed Sale of Affordable Housing

A San Francisco church today filed suit against a nonprofit it founded to halt the proposed sale of a Western Addition building housing mostly Section…

New Allegations in Lawsuit Against Port Commissioner Allege Pattern of Violations
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New Allegations in Lawsuit Against Port Commissioner Allege Pattern of Violations

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office today added new allegations to a civil suit against a San Francisco Port Commission member accused of violating city…

Appeals Court Dismisses Challenge to State Shark Fin Ban
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Appeals Court Dismisses Challenge to State Shark Fin Ban

A federal appeals court in San Francisco for a second time today rejected a challenge by two Asian-American groups to a California law that bans…

Convicted Absolutely New Inc CFO Indicted on Fraud and Contempt Charges
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Convicted Absolutely New Inc CFO Indicted on Fraud and Contempt Charges

A former chief financial officer who admitted stealing more than $2 million from his employer has been indicted by a federal grand jury in San…

Barry Bonds Thankful and Relieved as Case Ends
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Barry Bonds Thankful and Relieved as Case Ends

The legal saga of former San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, accused eight years ago of perjury and obstruction in a steroids investigation, came to…

Civil Grand Jury: Political Pressure Delay CleanPowerSF Program
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Civil Grand Jury: Political Pressure Delay CleanPowerSF Program

A San Francisco Civil Grand Jury report released Thursday examines why the CleanPowerSF program has taken over a decade to be developed and how, even…

CPUC Judge Recommends $7.3M Fine for Uber Subsidiary for Failing to Report Required Information
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CPUC Judge Recommends $7.3M Fine for Uber Subsidiary for Failing to Report Required Information

A California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge in San Francisco today recommended a $7.3 million fine for an Uber subsidiary for failing to report…

Family of Six Year Old Girl Killed by Uber Driver Settles Lawsuit
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Family of Six Year Old Girl Killed by Uber Driver Settles Lawsuit

The family of a 6-year-old girl who was struck and killed by an Uber driver in 2013 settled a lawsuit against the ride-for-hire company Monday,…

Court Says Medical Marijuana Dispensary Can’t Deduct Business Expenses
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Court Says Medical Marijuana Dispensary Can’t Deduct Business Expenses

A federal appeals court ruled today that a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary can’t deduct business expenses for sales of the drug from its taxable…

Motorcyclist Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter After Pedestrian He Struck Dies
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Motorcyclist Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter After Pedestrian He Struck Dies

A 26-year-old Burlingame man pleaded not guilty today to felony vehicle manslaughter and felony reckless driving charges after a pedestrian he struck while riding a…

Siblings of Hayward Man Fatally Shot by Police Last Year Sue for Wrongful Death
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Siblings of Hayward Man Fatally Shot by Police Last Year Sue for Wrongful Death

The city of Hayward, its Police Department and two officers are facing a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed by the brothers and sisters of 29-year-old…

October 19 Trial Date Set For Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, Seven Others
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October 19 Trial Date Set For Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, Seven Others

Chinatown association leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and seven other people were given an Oct. 19 date in federal court in San Francisco today for…

Court Rules Prosecutors Under No Obligation to View Police Witness Personnel Files
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Court Rules Prosecutors Under No Obligation to View Police Witness Personnel Files

The California Supreme Court ruled in San Francisco today that prosecutors are not obligated to look through police personnel files to determine whether there is…

Former DEA Agent Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges
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Former DEA Agent Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges

A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who investigated the Silk Road black market website pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday to…

Former GSA Administrator Who Arranged Lavish Conference Sentenced for False Claim
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Former GSA Administrator Who Arranged Lavish Conference Sentenced for False Claim

A former U.S. General Services Administration executive who organized a notoriously lavish conference in Las Vegas in 2010 was sentenced in federal court in San…

Yee Pleads Guilty, Admits Accepting $34,600 in Bribes
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Yee Pleads Guilty, Admits Accepting $34,600 in Bribes

Former state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco today to one count of participating in a racketeering conspiracy to accept…

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…