Under pressure from First Amendment and privacy advocates, prosecutors from the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office have dropped an effort to retrieve Twitter communications from two people charged in connection with a violent Oct. 6 demonstration. Read More
San Francisco’s election season is just getting under way, but it’s never too early for scandals both big and, well, silly. It seemed more the latter when former Supervisor Tony Hall attempted to meet an endorsement deadline to support business owner Bob Squeri for his former seat representing The City’s southwestern District 7. Read More
George Gascon will be sworn in Thursday as San Francisco's first elected Hispanic district attorney.
Gascon was appointed district attorney a year ago by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to replace Kamala Harris, who was elected the state's attorney general.
He easily won a four-year term in the November election and will celebrate the start of the term with an inauguration ceremony at Mission High School on Thursday evening. Read More
The District Attorney’s Office withdrew its threat to charge a public defender with contempt of court on Monday after the mistaken release to the media last week of sealed court transcripts.
Defense attorney Mark Jacobs told a judge that he had been trying only to send a portion of a memo critical of the Police Department’s DNA lab to an SF Weekly reporter. Jacobs said he hadn’t realized that the sealed transcripts were also attached and was “horrified” about the accident. Read More
The former police chief who was appointed district attorney received the confidence of voters Wednesday when preliminary ranked-choice results gave him the win with 63.6 percent of the vote, according to the Elections Department. Read More
Incumbent District Attorney George Gascón appeared to be on his way to the first election victory of his career as unofficial results late Tuesday gave him a significant lead.
Gascón led the field, according to preliminary results from the Elections Department. Trailing him were UC Berkeley law professor David Onek and Alameda County prosecutor Sharmin Bock. Read More
One of three men charged in the alleged November beating of two Mexican nationals by members of a white supremacist skinhead group has pleaded guilty and will testify against the others, according to prosecutors. Read More
District Attorney George Gascón is coming under fire once again from three of his opponents in the November election.This time Sharmin Bock, David Onek and Bill Fazio are calling on Gascón to publicly release a memo from former prosecutor and DNA expert Rockne Harmon, who was hired by the District Attorney’s Office after the Police Department’s 2010 crime lab fiasco. Read More
Several district attorneys and other officials from counties around the Bay Area met in San Francisco on Wednesday to discuss recent California legislation that will soon put many offenders and parolees under local rather than state supervision. Read More
Three of District Attorney George Gascón’s opponents in the November election banded together Wednesday, issuing a joint statement asking that he recuse himself from any investigation of whether campaign finance laws were broken by groups pushing for Mayor Ed Lee to run for election. Read More