Proposed laws cloak police misconduct

By Jeff Adachi Published in The Recorder, Friday, April 18, 2008 Following the California Supreme Court decision that barred the public from police disciplinary proceedings, Copley Press v. Superior Court, 39 Cal.4th 1272 (2006), lobbyists for police and sheriffs organizations have worked to convince state legislators to introduce new laws that would further shield law […]

SF Man Accused Of Attempting To Burn Grace Cathedral Released

SAN FRANCISCO – Paul Addis, once accused of attempting to set fire to San Francisco’s historic Grace Cathedral has been released from custody after pleading no contest to reduced misdemeanor charges. Addis had originally been charged with a felony count of attempted arson, felony charges of possessing explosives and incendiary devices, and a misdemeanor count […]

S.F. May Edit Law on Surveillance Tapes

As published in  The Recorder, February 4, 2008. by Evan Hill Prompted by a case out of the public defender’s office, a San Francisco supervisor is pushing to change the rules on accessing the city’s surveillance camera footage. Gerardo Sandoval, a former deputy public defender, presented the legislation to the board on Jan. 8, but off-stage […]

Unearthed Gun Clouds Death Case

As published in The Recorder, December 18, 2007. By Mike McKee. Eighteen years after Dennis Lawley was sentenced to death, evidence literally unearthed last week in a field outside Modesto could bolster defense lawyers’ argument that their client is truly innocent. Scott Kauffman, a staff attorney at the San Francisco-based California Appellate Project, confirmed Monday […]

Man and His Dog Found Not Guilty of Nighttime Attack

San Francisco, CA – John M., 23 years old, was acquitted yesterday of robbery and aggravated assault with great bodily harm stemming from an incident in which he was accused of physically attacking and turning his dog on the complaining witness, Adam McFarland. Each count constituted a strike, and the charges carried a potential sentence […]

Preliminary Hearing To Be Held in Hit-and-Run Case Against Mentally Ill Man

San Francisco, CA – The preliminary hearing of Omeed Aziz Popal, 30, is set to begin at 9:00 a.m. on November 7, 2007, at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street, Dept. 20. Popal is facing attempted murder charges in connection with a series of alleged hit-and-run incidents that injured eighteen people in San Francisco […]

Report: Injunction Dysfunction

City attorney uses controversial tool against gang violence, a move critics and gang members say may do more harm than good. By Dan Verel San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 3, 2007 Read the rest of this article here.

SF Officials, Local Leaders Convene to Tackle Recidivism and Violence at Reentry Summit

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Safe Communities Reentry Council (SCRC) will hold its 2nd Annual Reentry Summit, “Working Together to Support San Franciscans After Incarceration,” on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 from 8:30AM to 4PM at Jack Adams Hall, César Chávez Student Center, San Francisco State University. The SCRC Reentry Summit, “Working Together to Support […]

Gang Prosecutors Hit

by Millie Lapidario The Recorder, August 22, 2007  A recent appellate ruling from Southern California has caused quite a rumble in San Francisco — and among gang prosecutors across the state.

The War on Gangs: Saving the streets or abusing civil rights?

by Martin Kuz SF Weekly With murders on the rise, City Attorney Dennis Herrera is cracking down on gangs using a legal tool critics say smacks of McCarthyism Read the rest of this story.

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