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News, The Snitch Charles Heard Sentenced in 'Bamm-Bamm Bling' Murder Case

Charles Heard Sentenced in 'Bamm-Bamm Bling' Murder Case

Convicted murderer Charles Heard received 25 years to life in prison for killing Richard Barrett in 2008 -- a crime that prosecutors say was done as he attempted to steal Barrett's pendant of cave-baby Bamm-Bamm from The Flintstones.Heard was sentenced…
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News, The Snitch Trial Imminent for Steve Vender, PI Charged with Witness Tampering

Trial Imminent for Steve Vender, PI Charged with Witness Tampering

The closely watched case of a San Francisco private investigator charged with dissuading a witness from testifying is scheduled to go to trial next month.We've reported in the past on the murky circumstances surrounding the District Attorney's prosecution of Steve…
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News, Feature Facial Profiling

Facial Profiling

The science of biometrics is exactly what it sounds like — measurement of the living body, including quantification of such physical characteristics as fingerprints, eyes, and voice. But in recent years it has come to be associated most immediately by…
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News, The Snitch Charles Heard Guilty in 'Bamm-Bamm Bling' Murder-Robbery

Charles Heard Guilty in 'Bamm-Bamm Bling' Murder-Robbery

A San Francisco jury found alleged Western Addition gang member Charles Heard guilty of murder and robbery today after nine days of deliberations.Jurors found that even though Heard, 25, may not have been the man who shot 29-year-old Richard Barrett…
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News, The Snitch Grand Jury Wanted Further Probe of Defense Lawyer in Witness Intimidation Case

Grand Jury Wanted Further Probe of Defense Lawyer in Witness Intimidation Case

In today's print issue of SF Weekly, we report on suggestions in previously unreleased court documents that San Francisco police officers lost track of an important attempted-murder witness while trying to scrounge up dirt on a private investigator. But the…
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Catch and release: Did the SFPD lose track of a star witness?

The indictment of private investigator Steve Vender on a felony witness-tampering charge last month has caused plenty of grumbling in the clubby circle of San Francisco's criminal-defense lawyers. District Attorney Kamala Harris' prosecution of Vender, who works to exonerate defendants…
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News, The Snitch Jury Convicts Attempted Murderer Despite Disappearance of Victim Allegedly Scared Off By Private Investigator

Jury Convicts Attempted Murderer Despite Disappearance of Victim Allegedly Scared Off By Private Investigator

A San Francisco jury convicted Phil Pitney, 19, of attempted murder Thursday, even after the victim he shot at was a no-show for the entire trial -- apparently because he was threatened by the defense attorney's investigator.The Chron reported last…
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