Secret recordings made by an alleged MS-13 gang member turned snitch can be used by state prosecutors at a hearing for two other alleged gang members accused of knifing a 14-year-old boy to death in 2008, a judge has ruled.
Defense attorneys in the case had sought to bar audiotape testimony recorded by Roberto “Bad Boy” Acosta, who became a federal informant against the local MS-13 20th Street clique in the Mission district in 2005. Read More
District Attorney George Gascón said Thursday he was “extremely disappointed” in a judge’s ruling that two men who allegedly robbed and assaulted a transgender woman should not face felony hate-crime charges. Read More
Felony hate crime allegations were dismissed Wednesday against two men accused of assaulting and robbing a transgender woman near San Francisco’s 16th Street BART station in April, but the pair were ordered by a judge to stand trial on other charges in the case.Lionel Jackson, 32, and Maurice Perry, 37, are accused of attacking the woman on April 1 outside the BART station at the intersection of Mission and 16th streets and taking her smartphone. Read More