S.F. Attorney to announce results of Ed Jew probe

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is expected to announce the results of an investigation into whether embattled Supervisor Ed Jew, who is also the center of an FBI probe, violated the City Charter by not living in the Sunset district he represents at a press conference today.

Herrera’s announcement will come three days after Jew ignored an extended deadline to agree to be interviewed by the City Attorney’s Office and provide additional proof that he lives in District 4.

A lawyer for Jew argued the deadline — which was the second Herrera had set for the supervisor to provide documents that would prove he lived in the Sunset district home he claims as his residence — was unfair because his client’s statements could be used against him in an ongoing criminal case.

“You have placed him in a position where he has no choice but to decline your invitation to submit to an interview or provide any further information,” attorney Steven Gruel wrote to the City Attorney’s Office, according to the Associated Press.

Last week, District Attorney Kamala Harris issued an arrest warrant for Jew and charged him with nine felony counts, ranging from perjury to voter fraud, for allegedly lying about where he lived under oath and in documents relating to his 2006 run for office. Jew faces a July 16 arraignment for the felony charges.

The charges stemmed from a May 18 FBI raid on Jew’s office, business and properties, investigating whether Jew accepted $40,000 in cash from business owners seeking help in obtaining city permits. The FBI has yet to charge Jew with any crime.

Herrera is investigating whether Jew violated the City Charter by not residing in the district he represents. Herrera gave Jew until last Friday to hand over proof of his residency, after he failed to provide sufficient evidence by the previous June 8 deadline.

Jew could wind up defending himself in state court and would be removed from the Board of Supervisors if found to have violated the City Charter.

arocha@examiner.com

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