Supervisor Ed Jew was ordered Wednesday by a San Francisco court judge to stand trial on nine felony charges for allegedly lying about living in the Sunset neighborhood in order to run for office.
Reacting to the decision, Jew said he would continue to perform his duties as the District 4 representative on the Board of Supervisors while having to defend himself in criminal court.
Jew is charged with nine felony counts, including voter fraud and perjury, based on the allegation he never resided at the 2450 28th Ave. house in the Sunset, as he claimed.
Since Friday, Jew has sat through preliminary hearing court proceedings as Assistant District Attorney Evan Ackiron attempted to make the case that Jew committed perjury when registering to vote at the Sunset address in 2003 and when listing the address on candidacy papers for his 2006 run for office.
Ackiron interviewed neighbors who claimed to never see Jew at the house, and presented documents to show a lack of electricity or garbage service and scant water usage at the Sunset house in 2006 when Jew was campaigning for office. Ackiron has argued that Jew was living at a home in Burlingame with his wife and daughter, noting a bank loan application and car insurance application in which Jew listed the Burlingame address.
Jew’s attorney Bill Fazio called the case against Jew “weak” since it is based on what he said was unreliable testimony from neighbors as well as unreliable utility bills.
Judge Harold Kahn decided on Wednesday that Jew should stand trial. Jew is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 20 when a trial date will be set.
The district attorney’s investigation began when questions about Jew’s residency surfaced shortly after the May 18 FBI raid of his City Hall office and properties he is connected with. The FBI is investigating Jew for reportedly accepting $40,000 in cash from business owners who sought help in obtaining city permits. The FBI has yet to charge Jew with a crime.
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