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News, The Snitch Ross Mirkarimi Hearing: Eliana Lopez Video Allowed, Judge Rules

Ross Mirkarimi Hearing: Eliana Lopez Video Allowed, Judge Rules

The now-infamous Eliana Lopez video may be used as evidence in suspended-Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's ethics hearing, Judge Garrett Wong ruled.The video, in which Lopez tearfully showed a bruise she said her husband gave her, could also eventually become public, as…
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News, The Snitch Civil Courts to Stay Open, Layoffs Reduced with Emergency Funding Deal

Civil Courts to Stay Open, Layoffs Reduced with Emergency Funding Deal

So much for Harold Camping's predictions of the Rapture, the real Armageddon this year is in San Francisco's civil court system. But now it seems the courts that deal with everything from divorce to wrongful injury lawsuits will suffer a less…
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News, The Snitch Letter to S.F. Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein Says Clerks 'Betrayed' by Management

Letter to S.F. Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein Says Clerks 'Betrayed' by Management

An interesting subplot is emerging in the story of the severe budget cuts forcing the layoffs of San Francisco Superior Court employees and closure of civil courtrooms. An open letter to Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein has surfaced that accuses court…
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News, The Snitch Civil Courts Are San Francisco's Newest Endangered Species

Civil Courts Are San Francisco's Newest Endangered Species

The warnings of cuts are over. They're here -- for real -- and San Francisco's civil court system will soon be a cozy concept from a bygone era in which the state could fund such luxuries as divorce court.  The…
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News, The Snitch Criminal Cases Would Be Less Affected by S.F. Court Layoffs

Criminal Cases Would Be Less Affected by S.F. Court Layoffs

California's oft-discussed governmental dysfunction is starting to take its toll. Public access to our state's natural resources is already on the chopping block; on Friday, more ominous news arrived about public access to justice. In light of the budget approved…
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News, Sucka Free City Recycling Company Pays SFPD to Catch Trash Thieves

Recycling Company Pays SFPD to Catch Trash Thieves

In the late 19th century, Italian immigrants scavenged through San Francisco's garbage in an ad hoc trash collection service. The free agents eventually formed into companies that have now merged under the city's curbside recycling Goliath, Recology. So it is…
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News, The Snitch Garfield Smith Accused of Bomb Threat Near Federal Building

Garfield Smith Accused of Bomb Threat Near Federal Building

Update: Police have arrested 45-year-old Garfield Smith, a transient. He was booked for false reports of a bomb, placing a fictitious bomb, and terrorist threats. Original Story 3:15 p.m.: San Francisco's bomb squad detonated a suspicious backpack that was left…
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News, The Snitch Press Backs Leland Yee on Bill Improving Access to Court Records

Press Backs Leland Yee on Bill Improving Access to Court Records

Open government advocates and press organizations have thrown their support behind State Sen. Leland Yee's proposed legislation mandating prompt access to documents filed in California's trial courts.The bill, SB 326, addresses a bizarrely counter-intuitive problem that has arisen in the…
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News, The Snitch Homeless Man Not Masturbating, Just Pissing, Jury Decides

Homeless Man Not Masturbating, Just Pissing, Jury Decides

Peeing with prostate problems can be a real pisser. But even more uncomfortable, we imagine, is having your method of micturating be the subject of examinations and cross examinations in court.That's exactly what was debated in a doozy of a…
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News, The Snitch Key Witness in Chris Brymer Hate Crime Case Contradicts Story of Police, Prosecutors

Key Witness in Chris Brymer Hate Crime Case Contradicts Story of Police, Prosecutors

One of two key witnesses in the hate crime assault and criminal threatening case against Chris Brymer -- the former University of Southern California and National Football League offensive lineman featured in the current SF Weekly cover story -- now…
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News, The Snitch Man Did Not Threaten to Piss on Neighbor, Jury Finds

Man Did Not Threaten to Piss on Neighbor, Jury Finds

A resident of San Francisco's Kean Motel was acquitted yesterday on charges that he forced his way into a neighbor's room, ate his Snickers bar, sprayed him with air freshener, and threatened to urinate on him.Prosecutors said Willie Smith, 42,…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Dentist Latest To Sue Yelp For 'Shakedown Scheme'

San Francisco Dentist Latest To Sue Yelp For 'Shakedown Scheme'

A San Francisco dentist has joined the parade of litigants targeting Yelp, filing suit in San Francisco court for extortion in a "shakedown scheme" and conspiracy to injure her business and reputation. Dr. Gelareh Rahbar, a dentist with a practice…
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The upcoming trial of Oakland Post Publisher Paul Cobb in San Francisco Superior Court should be, if nothing else, dramatic legal theater. Or at the very least, perhaps a good newspaper yarn. Cobb feels — with some justification — that…
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