Ed Jew’s federal trial set for July

Former Supervisor Ed Jew is to stand trial July 7 on five felony counts connected to an alleged scheme to extort money from local business owners when in office, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Jew appeared in U.S. District Court, periodically laughing or smiling as he waited for his turn before Judge Susan Illston.

Illston denied a motion by Jew’s attorney Stuart Hanlon requesting a hearing into whether there was cause for a dismissal based on the possibility that the federal government, Jew’s former counsel and his political enemies had committed wrongdoing that resulted in Jew’s charges.

Hanlon said he still believes that Jew was a victim of a calculated attack by political enemies, but the prosecutors’ countermotion showed that the U.S. government was not involved.

A pretrialconference date was scheduled for June 24.

In November, a federal grand jury indicted Jew on two counts of mail fraud, two counts of bribery and one count of extortion in connection with an alleged bribery scheme.

Federal prosecutors say Jew extorted $84,000 in cash bribes from owners of Quickly tapioca-drink franchises as well as another drink shop.

Jew has been out of office since January, when he resigned from his District 4 seat on the Board of Supervisors as part of a settlement agreement with the city attorney in a separate legal proceeding. Jew had been accused of violating the city charter by not living in the district he represented.

Hanlon said that he will continue to discuss a possible plea agreement with federal prosecutors, but he said “we are going to continue to get ready for trial.” He said Jew maintains his innocence.

In another legal proceeding, Jew is scheduled to appear in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday morning to possibly set a trial date for the district attorney’s lawsuit against him. He is charged with nine felonies for allegedly lying about where he lived to run for office.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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