In the press release, Harris is quoted as stating that Keker and Assistant D.A. David Pfeifer will lead a team of prosecutors who will "examine any cases impacted by disclosures regarding police misconduct that we receive from the San Francisco Police Department."
In an interview, Keker, now a criminal-defense attorney, told SF Weekly his advisory role would involve working with prosecutors "to talk about what information needs to be disclosed" that is brought to the D.A.'s office by the police. He also shed some light on exactly what the D.A.'s office believes it will be obligated to disclose -- with some surprising revelations.
Keker said that not all of officers' criminal
convictions would necessarily have to be disclosed to defense attorneys. Among the crimes that might not need to be revealed: "Things like drunk driving, domestic abuse, depending on the kind of
case, they wouldn't be relevant, and they wouldn't need to be
disclosed," he said. "A felony conviction is always relevant. A misdemeanor conviction is not always relevant ... there's some fuzziness around the edges."
We have a call in to Public Defender Jeff Adachi to see if he agrees. Stay tuned.
This blog post has been updated since it was originally published.