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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Two Haters, a Home-Burner and a Skyscraper Climber in Court Today

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Not above the law in SF
  • Not above the law in SF
Not above the law in SF
Say what you want about District Attorney Kamala Harris -- the Attorney General candidate is a "different kind of prosecutor," according to a lengthy profile published in today's Los Angeles Times, and true to form, her office prosecutes different kinds of cases.

And how. Facing the wheels of justice today at the Hall of Same are a man accusing of climbing a 60-story building with suction cups, a man accused of burning down his own home, and two people -- an accused vandal and a brain-damaged former NFL football player -- facing hate crimes.

Daniel "Spider-Dan" Goodwin faces trespassing and public nuisance charges after the self-avowed daredevil dared to scale San Francisco's Millennium Tower over Labor Day weekend last month. The alleged arsonist is Paul Williams who, according to police and neighbors, set his Tenderloin apartment building on fire on Sunday, and then ambled outside to a bus stop to watch the conflagration as if in a daze. Both will be arraigned today on behalf of the People of the State of California.

That leaves the haters. Hate crimes are no joke, people -- they turn an otherwise-ticketable vandalism charge into a prison-time-worthy rap five felonies long. "Street artist" Katherine Dunbar spraypainted her "Kkkatie" tag all over town until May, when she allegedly tried to spraypaint a man and bite a cop (she also used the n-word to refer to the man, and spraypainted swastikas and other stuff on public toilets and public buildings). She faces fifteen counts including felony vandalism, assault, battery and dissuading a witness, seven of which carry a hate-crime enhancement. If convicted, she'll face some serious prison time, the guest of us t-t-taxpayers!

Lastly, former USC Trojan and NFL Europe football player Chris Brymer was the subject of a recent SF Weekly cover story, after reading which it should seem painfully obvious that Brymer is afflicted by brain damage earned via repeated shots to the head during his decade in football. So what, say prosecutors, who as of late Tuesday still plan to bring hate crime charges against Brymer for threatening two men and allegedly telling one, "Die, nigger, die." This despite black former teammates of Brymer's leaping to his defense, and despite one key prosecution witness skipping town to Los Angeles, and the other telling SF Weekly that no racial epithets were hurled. Oh, and a press release from the DA's Office still listed Brymer's age as 50 (he's 35).

Should she be promoted to Sacramento and become a different kind of attorney general, it's unlikely Harris will ever forget her time in San Francisco... no matter how hard she may try.

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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.


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