It has been years since former District 4 Supervisor Ed Jew has been in the news, but he returned to the spotlight this week for two reasons: One is the news that he had been released from federal prison, and the other is that he is fighting a second stint behind bars at the county level.
And since memories may fade over the years, it would be good to remember that Jew broke several laws — even while he was an elected official. And for those crimes, he needs to serve his time.
The sentence he already served in federal prison was for bribery. While in office, he took $40,000 from business owners who were trying to open a Quickly tapioca-drink shop. The money exchange was caught on tape by federal authorities.
Jew also pleaded guilty to state charges of perjury for lying about his address, since he used a home in San Francisco to register to vote despite living in Burlingame.
For the bribery charges, Jew was sent to federal prison for nearly five years. Under the terms of his original sentencing, Jew was to serve time in federal prison, then be sent to San Francisco County Jail for a year for the perjury conviction.
Jew’s attorney is arguing that a judge altered the terms of the sentencing to concurrent sentences, and that an extra stay behind bars after Jew was accidently released to a halfway house should count as time served toward his County Jail sentence.
Although the exact legal arguments still need to play out in the courtroom, what needs to be ensured is that Jew serves all of the time he should for the crimes he committed. Jew violated the power of his elected office for financial gain. That should not be taken lightly by dismissing the remainder of his sentence.