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News, The Snitch Gascon Says He Will Seek The Death Penalty In Cases That 'Warrant' It

Gascon Says He Will Seek The Death Penalty In Cases That 'Warrant' It

It's no secret that San Francisco's District Attorney's Office and The Police Department have a long history of tension and soured relations, even long before the fajitagate incident when the famously left-wing Terence Hallinan indicted the top brass of the…
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News, Feature Let It Bleed

Let It Bleed

Etched into the sidewalks bordering Banneker Homes are terse farewells to dead young men. "RIP Mack." "Smokey RIP." "RIP Joe." Scrawled in grayish concrete, the words evoke engravings on headstones. His voice low, 23-year-old Tyrone recalls others buried too soon.…
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Plugged

San Francisco's beleaguered Elections Commission, ridiculed as ineffectual in advancing instant runoff voting, once again has been hit by controversy, this time over allegations that its vice president, Michael Mendelson, may have illegally endorsed the man who appointed him –…
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News, Feature Kamala's Karma

Kamala's Karma

Terence Hallinan sits in the auditorium of the State Building on Golden Gate Avenue, staring morosely at the stage. There, members of the low-profile but powerful San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee are wrangling over the temperamental district attorney's fate.…
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News, Sidebar Prosecutors' Patience Wears Thin With Levada, Mahony

Prosecutors' Patience Wears Thin With Levada, Mahony

California's two most powerful Roman Catholic leaders are longtime close friends who attended the same Ventura County seminary in the 1960s and who at different times have assumed a lead role as presumed reformers in the wake of the worst…
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News, Feature Broken Fix

Broken Fix

He asks me for $10, though he hasn't told me his name. We're in the emergency room at San Francisco General Hospital. It's early one Friday evening, and the room is already packed with a motley array of bandaged heads…
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News, Bay View Benign Neglect

Benign Neglect

Every week, escrow agents, lawyers, brokers, and just plain citizens file thousands of documents with the San Francisco Recorder's Office, mostly legal forms, like deeds of trust, that are required for basic real estate transactions. And for almost two years,…
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Cothran

Cases of Incompetence Neither Matt Gonzalez nor Steven Castleman has the slightest experience in electoral politics. Neither is the preternaturally ambitious sort who works his way up through customary political avenues backslapping and glad-handing the usual suspects until everyone who…
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Dog Bites

It's a Conspiracy, Damn It! Ordinarily, Dog Bites has scant patience with ranting lunatics. But ranting lunatics who are running for public office -- well, that's another matter entirely. In fact, we got into the office Monday afternoon and picked…
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Letters

Beware the Health Fairies I want to thank you for writing about the issue of opening the baths back up in San Francisco ("Private Places," Bay View, April 28). I think this is a very important issue. Beneath all the…
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Cothran

Judge McBride's "Special" Treatment So when does a small marital scuffle -- one in which both parties seem to be culpable for the ensuing minor injuries -- become a criminal case that endangers a distinguished career? Answering that one's easy:…
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Cothran

The Problem With Grampa Politics The desperate search for candidates to challenge District Attorney Terence Hallinan this November continues. With predictable and instructive results. A few weeks ago, some folks from the City Democratic Club -- attorney Peter Hanson and…
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The Man Who Came to Dinner

Here's one: A lawyer, a witch, and an artist walk into a bar .... Well, actually, it was a lawyer, a witch, and an artist who invited The Man Who Came to Dinner -- to this week's dinner. We gathered…
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Cothran

Prosecutorial Impunity By any reasonable standard, District Attorney Terence Hallinan should be facing a healthy field of challengers as he prepares for his re-election campaign this year. For the three years and three months he has been in office, Hallinan…
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Cothran

Rules of Engagement I knew I'd be treading onto unfamiliar terrain -- his preferred terrain -- without the necessary weaponry. I knew I would be going head to head with a skilled and wily adversary, a man schooled since…
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Letters

Some Holiday Warmth How much is AOL paying you for that positive review of You've Got Mail, their two-hour commercial ("The Cyberpostman Always Writes Twice," Film, Dec. 16)? I can't believe you would even think to mislead your readership by…
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Policing the Vice Squad

The San Francisco vice squad's hush-hush practice of accepting cashier's checks from busted massage parlor workers appears to be at an end. The District Attorney's Office has effectively cut off the flow of money less than two weeks after SF…
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Wages of Vice

Cynthia Hammond dropped by the Tenderloin massage parlor where she once worked about three weeks ago, figuring to retrieve an old pair of bluejeans. Business was slow, so Hammond took time to catch up with one of her former co-workers.…
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Cothran

Sex, Lies, and Terry Hallinan The more I read the article in the San Francisco Examiner, the less sense its story line seemed to make. To say the least, the premise lacked logic. A liberal female judge, a long-standing feminist…
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The Grid

Money, Flubs, and Lawyers Amid the tens of thousands of words Bay Area scribes have written about Eddie DeBartolo's recent legal troubles, somehow one obvious question never got raised: Whose idea was it? Sooner or later, I suppose, the wiretap…
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