The 7½-year itch. The government’s unrelenting attempt to convict Barry Bonds begins once again next month, yet another form of March Madness.
According to the best reports, the feds are now into taxpayers for $6 million in trying to prove Barry is guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice. And they’ll be spending a great deal more. Read More
A felony fraud case against a Daly City council member could potentially make her the first Peninsula politician in at least three decades to be forced out of office because of a criminal conviction, prosecutors say.
Maggie Gomez, who was re-elected to a third term in November, is set to return to San Mateo County Superior Court on Jan. 31 for a pretrial conference in advance of a March 7 trial on 16 felony charges. Read More
The 30-year-old Simon James Gann will stand trial Monday on charges that he defrauded a Menlo Park woman of $1,900 by spinning stories about being a savant card counter and gambler who had lost his wallet.
When the woman discovered a history of similar crimes and reported him to police, he allegedly wrote letters attempting to persuade her not to testify against him. Read More
In justifying his decision last year to try Ahmed Ghailani in a civilian court rather than by a military commission, Attorney General Eric Holder reassured Americans that he and President Barack Obama knew that “failure is not an option. These are cases that have to be won.” Now that Holder has failed to gain a single murder conviction of an admitted participant in the 1998 bombings of U.S. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is hardly the star witness in the trial of accused network hijacker Terry Childs, but his testimony in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday certainly drew a crowd.
Newsom apparently appealed to Childs’ emotions when he visited him in a July 21, 2008, jailhouse visit by bringing up the fact that he was getting married that weekend in Montana to Jennifer Siebel. Read More
Jurors in the first trial of William Ayres, the former San Mateo psychiatrist accused of molesting seven young patients, will not have their identities released, a judge ruled this week.
A jury deadlocked in his first trial; he is being retried.
Ayres’ lawyers had requested the disclosure. The court offered the defense the opportunity to submit a questionnaire to the jurors, which they can choose to fill out if they wish. Read More
Evidence is expected to be admitted Monday in the 19-year-old’s murder trial, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. The Redwood City man was 14 when he allegedly fatally shot a rival gang member in July 2005. Prosecutors are charging Orozco as an adult. In February 2008, he escaped from the Youth Services Center, but he was found and arrested in Texas. Read More
The Crescent City man arrested on suspicion of sending an e-mail threatening to kill President Barack Obama and his family appeared in a San Francisco court Monday, but the hearing to set a date for his trial was delayed until Nov. 16. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Patel delayed setting a trial date for Gimbel, 59, and urged him to reconsider his decision to act as his own lawyer in the criminal case. Read More
A San Francisco jury found a 23-year-old illegal immigrant guilty Friday of selling crack cocaine in the Tenderloin despite his claims that human traffickers forced him to do it.
The case pitted the issues of human trafficking versus illegal immigrants who commit crime in the sanctuary city of San Francisco. While it is common for illegal immigrants to claim they are blackmailed into a life of crime, the cases rarely go to trial.
Testimony began today in the murder trial of Tari Ramirez, arrested in 2006 in Mexico for the 2000 stabbing murder of his ex-girlfriend in San Francisco.
Ramirez, 35, is accused of stabbing Claire Joyce Tempongko, a 28-year-old jewelry store clerical worker, in front of her 10-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter, in her Richmond District apartment on Oct. 22, 2000.
Ramirez, a Mexican citizen, was arrested by the FBI on June 15, 2006, in Cancun, Mexico. Read More