The attorney for the 21-year-old accused of killing a San Francisco father and his two sons said he will ask for a gag order — which would prevent those involved in the case from speaking publicly about it — in response to media reports that said the illegal immigrant was shielded from deportation by The City as a youth.
Edwin Ramos, 21, appeared in court briefly on Monday and is scheduled to return tomorrow. He is accused of killing Anthony Bologna, 48, and his sons, Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, following a traffic altercation on June 22.
Prosecutors have attached several special circumstances — which carry heavier sentences — to the charges levied against Ramos, due to alleged ties with gang members.
His attorney, Robert Amparan, said his client will plead not guilty and that he will request the gag order on Wednesday.
It’s impossible for Ramos to receive a fair trial because of media coverage, said Amparan, who pointed to a recent article which reported that Ramos, an immigrant from El Salvador, committed two felonies as a youth but was not deported because of San Francisco’s policy as a sanctuary city.
According to Amparan, Ramos’ rights were violated because the article printed details about his juvenile history, information that is supposed to remain confidential.
Following an arrest in March that could have resulted in his deportation back to El Salvador, The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department queried the federal government about detaining Ramos because of his immigration status, according to department spokeswoman Eileen Hirst. However, the department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to place a detainer on Ramos, Hirst said.
“They informed us that they weren’t putting a hold,” said Hirst, who would not say how often that happens, but said it wasn’t out of the ordinary. “They don’t give us a reason, and they don’t need to give us a reason.”
Ramos did not enter the country illegally and was working on obtaining his citizenship, said Amparan, who asserted that his client is not a gang member.
“He’s a young man who’s working a job. He has a young child,” said Amparan.
ICE did not respond to calls for comment Monday.