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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Larry "Juicye" Edmond, LGBT Activist in Rainbow Wig, Acquitted of Restraining Order Violation

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

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A San Francisco jury decided that the quirky and literally colorful Larry "Juicye" Edmond didn't violate a restraining order his neighbor had taken out on him after the LGBT activist and City Hall regular winked at him at a memorial service.

According to the Public Defender's Office, the jury deliberated for no more than 40 minutes before determining that Edmond didn't mean to violate his restraining order. What's more, jurors felt that Edmond's neighbor, who was only identified as a 47-year-old man, wasn't being honest.

Edmond, whose only crime is being eye-catching, was arrested on April 19 when his downstairs neighbor told police that Edmond had winked at him before taking a seat close by during a memorial service in a common area of their residential hotel.

The neighbor also said that Edmond came within 15 yards of him at City Hall on June 5 -- voting day.

Turns out, Edmond was simply on his way to a Board of Supervisors

meeting after casting his ballot for the primary election. His neighbor was working as a poll inspector at City Hall that day.

Regardless, Edmond, who as you might recall ran for San Francisco mayor a few years back, spent 11 days in jail, Public Defender Jeff Adachi said in a statement.

Things became even more curious during the two-day trial when one of prosecutors who had been handling the case was called to the stand. He testified that the neighbor was pretty irritated that the case wasn't going to trial fast enough, and then complained that Edmond had come too close to him on their way to the courthouse bathroom.

"Mr. Edmond's neighbor doesn't like him and has used the system to bully him," said Deputy Public Defender Julian Ross. "He has called the police hundreds of times, despite Mr. Edmond engaging in legal conduct. In March, he called the police four times to report that Mr. Edmond was using the kitchen in a common area."

The prosecutor also said that the neighbor told him that he was going to lose his mind or kill Edmond.

But when the neighbor took the stand, he denied making any of those remarks to the DA.

In the end, the jury wasn't convinced. Either that, or they were enamored of Edmond's courtroom getup: flowers in his braids and a jacket peppered with political buttons.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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