A San Francisco homicide prosecutor has been charged with suppressing evidence that could have helped the defendant in a Solano County murder case, according to the State Bar of California.
While working with the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, Andrew Ganz allegedly hid details about a Jan. 10, 2013 meeting with pathologist Dr. Susan Hogan from the Solano County coroner’s office that suggested the victim’s death was not a homicide.
The defendant in the case, Michael Daniels, was charged with killing 37-year-old Jessica Brastow in a Vallejo hotel room in August 2012, but was later acquitted.
The state bar said Ganz, who became a deputy district attorney in San Francisco in 2015, hid the fact that the meeting took place and did not present the information from the coroner’s office to the defense team.
According to court documents, Hogan later falsely testified and said she had not met with the prosecution team. She also said the death was likely a homicide.
The state bar filed charges on six counts related to intentional suppression of evidence.
Ganz, who was admitted to the state bar in 2004, has 25 days to respond to the disciplinary charges. He faces consequences ranging from probation to disbarment if he is found guilty.
Ganz deferred to his attorney for comment. Al Giannini, his attorney, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokesman Max Szabo said the office is aware of the state bar’s filing and will be monitoring the developments of the case.
Ganz most recently tried a homicide case that resulted in a second-degree murder conviction for Lizette Cauich, 25, a homeless woman who fatally stabbed 58-year-old Mitzi Campbell, a construction worker, during a dispute over the use of a portable toilet in the South of Market neighborhood.
Cauich’s former boyfriend, 44-year-old Oscar Mendez, was also found guilty of being an accessory after the fact for trying to help Cauich escape, and of carrying a dirk or dagger.
-Bay City News reporter Supriya Yelimeli contributed to this report