Ed Jew hopes for speedy jury trial

Accused of lying about where he lived in order to run for office, embattled Supervisor Ed Jew pleaded not guilty to felony charges Monday morning in San Francisco Superior Court and later said he wants a speedy trial in order to “get this thing over with.”

The court scheduled a Sept. 28 jury trial for Jew on charges filed by District Attorney Kamala Harris — nine felony counts including voter fraud and perjury. The charges are based on the allegation that Jew lied about living at 2450 28th Ave. in the Sunset district in order to run for office.

A conviction on any of the charges would result in Jew’s removal from his District 4 seat on the Board of Supervisors. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Sept. 10.

“We want to have a jury trial as soon as possible to save taxpayers money and get this thing over with,” Jew said outside the courtroom.

Earlier this month, a Superior Court judge decided that the case against Jew had enough merit to move to a criminal trial after reviewing evidence presented against Jew by prosecutors. The evidence included testimony from neighbors, utility bills, bank loans and auto insurance coverage forms signed by Jew, which prosecutors say prove Jew was living in Burlingame with his wife and daughter.

“[Prosecutors] are trying to prove he lived in one location, and we are trying to indicate that no, that is incorrect, his home was in San Francisco, always has been and always will be in San Francisco,” Jew’s defense attorney, Bill Fazio, said.

On Monday, about six people calling for Jew’s resignation trailed him on his way out of the Hall of Justice. Jew ignored them, but when a driver in a pickup truck drove by and shouted “Hang in there, Ed,” Jew responded, “Thank you. Thank you very much.”

An investigation into Jew’s residency claim ensued shortly after the FBI’s May 18 raid of Jew’s City Hall office, Chinatown flower shop and other properties in an investigation involving $40,000 in cash local business owners reportedly paid Jew for help in obtaining city permits. The FBI has yet to charge Jew with a crime.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera has also requested permission from the state’s attorney general to sue Jew in order to oust him from the board based on allegations that he violated the City Charter by not living in the district he represents, as is required. A decision is still pending.

Criminal charges against supervisor

Ed Jew, who represents District 4, will be tried by a jury on nine felony counts for allegedly lying about living at 2450 28th Ave. when running for office.

» Four counts of perjury for declaring under penalty of perjury on four documents, including his 2006 absentee ballot, that he lived at 2450 28th Ave.

» Two counts of filing a false document for listing the Sunset address on documents related to his 2006 run for office

» Two counts of falsifying election forms for listing the Sunset address on election forms related to his 2006 run for office

» One count of voter fraud for voting in the Nov. 6, 2007, District 4 election, when registered under the Sunset address

– Source: District attorney case files

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