Although the majority of the mail addressed to embattled Supervisor Ed Jew went to his house in Burlingame and a car insurance policy lists that home’s address as his residence, Jew’s attorney maintains the supervisor broke no election laws when claiming to live in the Sunset district he represents.
In day two of Jew’s preliminary hearing in San Francisco Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Evan Ackiron continued to build the case against Jew, who is accused of nine felonies — including voter fraud and perjury — for allegedly lying about where he lived in order to run for the District 4 seat on the Board of Supervisors.
Ackiron has presented evidence suggesting Jew was living with his wife and daughter in Burlingame instead of at the 2450 28th Ave. Sunset home as he claims.
Jew remained upbeat, smiling and shaking hands with people on his way in and out of the court room, taking notes on a legal pad during the hearing and occasionally turning to talk privately with his attorney Bill Fazio during witness testimony.
Quan Howard, supervising inspector for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, testified in court on Monday that Jew received first-class mail at the Burlingame home on Roosevelt Avenue, while mostly junk mail arrived at the Sunset home.
The postal carrier who delivers mail to the Sunset home told Howard that the mail would generally accumulate for two weeks before it was picked up and that “it didn’t appear to have anyone residing at the location,” according to testimony.
Fazio submitted as evidence a jury duty summons sent to Jew at the Sunset home to suggest more than just junk mail was delivered there.
During the hearing, Ackiron pointed to evidence that he said showed at the time of the November 2006 election, when Jew was elected to the board, that six or seven members of Jew’s family were registered to vote at the Sunset home, calling into question how Jew as well as so many other people could have been residents there at that time.
Kathleen McCarthy, a District Attorney’s Office investigator, testified about a variety of records, including a car insurance policy she said Jew took out in February on a 2007 Toyota Prius that listed his Burlingame address as his residence. After the hearing, Fazio suggested that it might have been cheaper to insure the car in Burlingame.
Fazio said that “Mr. Jew has stayed there [at 2450 28th Ave.] at various times, had established domicile there, had intended to come back and is in fact back.”
Jew is expected to attend today’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The preliminary hearing was postponed until Wednesday morning. Ackiron mentioned that Jew’s father, Howard Jew, may be called to testify.
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