Court upholds restraining order on suspected Newsom stalker

A restraining order against a Union City man who appeared to be stalking San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom last year has been upheld by a state appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal ruled in San Francisco Tuesday that city lawyers had proved that Han Shin, 43, posed a “credible threat of violence” justifying the restraining order.

The order issued by a Superior Court judge in a civil proceeding on March 7 requires Shin to keep at least 100 yards away from Newsom and his home and office for three years.

The appeals court said Shin appeared to have a “disturbing obsession” with Newsom.

It said Shin's threatening acts included grabbing and holding the mayor while demanding that photos be taken, grabbing him a second time in February 2007 and gaining entrance to his apartment building through a ruse late at night.

The justices said that while Shin has been “an avid fan of the mayor,” a threat “may exist in a relationship of admiration as well as animosity.”

City attorneys obtained the order under California's Workplace Violence Safety Act, which allows employers including cities to obtain civil restraining orders to protect workers who have suffered a credible threat of violence. Shin acted as his own lawyer in the unsuccessful appeal.

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