Police and prosecutors in San Francisco will no longer use condoms as evidence when arresting and charging sex workers, according to an agreement announced Tuesday between The City’s law enforcement agencies and the Human Rights Commission.
The agreement followed a six-month trial period in which condoms were not used as evidence in cases. Read More
Both mobile device manufacturers and service providers have given District Attorney George Gascón what he said are unsatisfactory answers on how to slow down the pace of thefts in San Francisco. Read More
The San Francisco payroll clerk who was caught embezzling from her former employer after she reported the stolen income on unemployment insurance forms was sentenced last week, along with a former co-worker, to five years in prison, prosecutors said Friday. Read More
Look what a bunch of lawbreakers bought for you, San Francisco.
District Attorney George Gascón’s neighborhood courts system is putting the fines paid by people who commit low-level crimes in The City toward public safety projects. Read More
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
A 24-year-old man who has filed to run for supervisor in San Francisco pleaded guilty Tuesday to threatening District Attorney George Gascón on Facebook.
Benjamin Castaneda pleaded guilty to two felony counts of attempting by threats to deter an executive officer from performing a lawful duty, and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of making criminal threats.
He is expected to be sentenced to three years’ probation when he returns to court Aug. 7. Read More
The bicyclist charged with killing a pedestrian in the Castro pleaded not guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter.Dressed in a blazer and slacks,
36-year-old Chris Bucchere, who is out of custody after posting bail, denied comment Wednesday amid a swarm of reporters outside the courtroom.
He is accused of ramming into 71-year-old Sutchi Hui at 8 a.m. March 29 while trying to beat his own speed record on a popular cycling route from Marin County to San Francisco. Read More
District Attorney George Gascón, a major supporter of the proposed ballot initiative to reform California’s perennially controversial three-strikes law, calls the proposal “conservative” and claims it will save the state billions of dollars without turning soft on crime.
The proposal, which was submitted to election officials last month for consideration on the November ballot, would lessen prison sentences for offenders whose third strike wasn’t serious or violent. Read More
Closing arguments are set to begin Tuesday in the trial of suspected gang member Edwin Ramos, who is accused of slaying a father and two of his sons in the Excelsior district in 2008.
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