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News, The Snitch Latest Racist Texts Renew Calls For State, Feds (Anybody!) To Probe SF Police

Latest Racist Texts Renew Calls For State, Feds (Anybody!) To Probe SF Police

Why won't anyone pay attention to misbehaving San Francisco police? Both Public Defender Jeff Adachi and the San Francisco-based American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California would like to know — and would like the state Attorney General and/or…
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News, The Snitch Woman Acquitted of Murder in Hotel Stabbing Case

Woman Acquitted of Murder in Hotel Stabbing Case

Lisa Heng, the 31-year-old San Francisco woman who stabbed her boyfriend to death in a Tenderloin hotel last July, was acquitted of first degree murder and lesser charges by a jury today. Heng, a single mother, was arrested July…
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News, The Snitch Report Shows Major Disparity in Treatment of African-Americans by SFPD and Courts

Report Shows Major Disparity in Treatment of African-Americans by SFPD and Courts

African Americans are 7.1 times as likely as whites to be arrested in San Francisco, and the disparity in treatment between whites and Blacks extends throughout the criminal justice system, according to a new report by the San Francisco…
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Music, All Shook Down Hear Jeff Adachi's 1978 Psychedelic Folk-Rock Tune "The Ballad of Chol Soo Lee"

Hear Jeff Adachi's 1978 Psychedelic Folk-Rock Tune "The Ballad of Chol Soo Lee"

The Sounds of Asian America Tumblr unearthed a gem from Jeff Adachi's past. "The Ballad of Chol Soo Lee"  was a 1978 single intended to raise funds for Chol Soo Lee's defense. Lee was a Korean immigrant who was falsely…
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News, The Snitch 49ers' Release of Ray McDonald Is "Hugely Problematic"

49ers' Release of Ray McDonald Is "Hugely Problematic"

If the San Francisco 49ers have chalked up one victory in this misbegotten season, it came yesterday. On the day Sony Pictures utterly capitulated to hackers who may or may not have been hired by this guy, the team unceremoniously jettisoned…
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News, Sucka Free City Wild Wild Westfield: Crime Scenes from a Mall

Wild Wild Westfield: Crime Scenes from a Mall

As the repository of large numbers of tourists toting large numbers of large bags, the hulking Westfield Mall serves as San Francisco's cathedral to retail. It turns out it also serves as a bastion of obtaining goods at an even…
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News, Sucka Free City Lock Up the Vote: A New Jail May Never Fill Up with Inmates, but It'll Hold a Lot of Favors

Lock Up the Vote: A New Jail May Never Fill Up with Inmates, but It'll Hold a Lot of Favors

At one point, the plan to build a new jail in downtown San Francisco had a clear impetus. The Hall of Justice lockup on Bryant Street is seismically unsound, so a big earthquake could mean an undue death sentence for…
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News, The Snitch Bifurcated Trials Offer an Alternative in Gang Enhancement Cases

Bifurcated Trials Offer an Alternative in Gang Enhancement Cases

This week's feature, "Menace to Society," explores the way police officers and prosecutors label teenagers "gang members" and classify their crimes as "gang related." As a result, these defendants -- such as the story's main subject, Jacori Bender -- face…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee Gets a Friendly Letter From NYC Politician About Stop & Frisk Policy

Mayor Ed Lee Gets a Friendly Letter From NYC Politician About Stop & Frisk Policy

New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams sent Mayor Ed Lee a letter to offer a little advice in regards to his controversial statements about possibly implementing a stop-and-frisk plan in San Francisco, similar to the practices in NYC.A self-described "strong…
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News, The Snitch No City For Drunk-Driving (Yet): SFPD's DUI "Scandal" Isn't Automatic DUI Freedom

No City For Drunk-Driving (Yet): SFPD's DUI "Scandal" Isn't Automatic DUI Freedom

The San Francisco Police Department's latest evidence-handling SNAFU -- in which numerous drunk-driving arrests and convictions came into question because SFPD was using equipment that wasn't in working order -- rightly made headlines and led foreheads to be slapped throughout…
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News, The Snitch Jeff Adachi Responds to Police Slander Allegations

Jeff Adachi Responds to Police Slander Allegations

Gary Delagnes, president of the Police Officers Association, doesn't miss many opportunities to take shots at local pols -- figuratively speaking -- as evidenced again in today's Chron. He penned a brief yet sharp op-ed bluntly calling out Public Defender…
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News, The Snitch Pensions: This Ain't Over, San Francisco

Pensions: This Ain't Over, San Francisco

It's easy to suffer election fatigue in San Francisco. The majority of us, it would seem, were so tired and shagged out by it all that we didn't even bother to cast a vote. Whether you did or didn't, a…
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News, The Snitch Adachi Campaign Alleges Lee Door Hangers Violate Campaign Finance Law

Adachi Campaign Alleges Lee Door Hangers Violate Campaign Finance Law

Interim Mayor Ed Lee is facing new allegations of wrongdoing on the eve of the election, capping a slew of ethical complaints that has dogged his campaign this fall.Public Defender and mayoral contender Jeff Adachi put out a press release…
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News, The Snitch Public Defender Alleges Cops Stole From Child's Piggy Bank, Used Excessive Force (VIDEO)

Public Defender Alleges Cops Stole From Child's Piggy Bank, Used Excessive Force (VIDEO)

Update 5 p.m.: SFPD department spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak says Chief Suhr will forward the theft allegations onto the FBI, which is investigating previous criminal misconduct allegations brought forward by Public Defender Jeff Adachi last spring. The SFPD internal affairs…
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News, The Snitch Public Defender to Release More Videos Showing Alleged Police Misconduct

Public Defender to Release More Videos Showing Alleged Police Misconduct

Ready for more Police, Lies, and Videotape? Public Defender and mayoral candidate Jeff Adachi is vowing to release more video tomorrow showing new examples of warrantless searches, perjured police reports, and theft by San Francisco officers. This new release comes…
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News, The Snitch OccupySF: Politicians Crash the Party

OccupySF: Politicians Crash the Party

Those grumbling about the caliber of people camping out at Justin Herman plaza can't be thrilled about the latest wave of demonstrators drawn to OccupySF: politicians. Last night a near-quorum of the Board of Supervisors squatted along with the squatters,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mayoral Candidates Answer: What Book Can't You Finish?

Mayoral Candidates Answer: What Book Can't You Finish?

When I was a high school senior, I had a girlfriend who was in college. She studied philosophy and was also a fiend for literature. I was so impressed with my overachieving little brainiac self. Then she gave me a…
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News, The Snitch City Family's Loathsome, Disingenuous, Idiotic Smear of Jeff Adachi

City Family's Loathsome, Disingenuous, Idiotic Smear of Jeff Adachi

One of the most tiring elements of living in the Internet age is the increasing use of superlatives -- i.e. "Worst. Meal. EVAR." So, it is with due consideration that we posit Prop. C backers' new ad claiming "THERE IS…
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News, The Snitch Pension Wars: This Was No 'Backroom Deal'

Pension Wars: This Was No 'Backroom Deal'

It's a scientific fact: Attempt to comprehend the fetid relationship between pensions and politics in this city and a substance resembling guacamole will begin oozing from your ears. Finally, a tangible reason not to wear white after Labor Day. Be…
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SF Weekly Letters

Legalized Gambling (With Our Money) We can't afford these benefits: It is a total disgrace that benefits to government workers we can't afford are burned into city charters and state constitutions . What private…
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