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Friday, April 4, 2014

Ed Jew Sentenced to 60 Days in County Jail, Community Service

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

click to enlarge Ed Jew, in the shades, lets attorney Stuart Hanlon do the talking for him - JOE ESKENAZI
  • Joe Eskenazi
  • Ed Jew, in the shades, lets attorney Stuart Hanlon do the talking for him

Disgraced former Supervisor Ed Jew showed up at the Hall of Justice today in amber colored shades, and swathed an ill-fitting blazer and chinos. He looked like he was headed off for a vacation. 

Instead, he walked out of Judge Kay Tsenin's courtroom with a 60-day jail sentence. 

It was a mixed bag for Jew, who served nearly five years in federal prison following an extortion conviction for shaking down Sunset District tapioca joints, and now must cool his heels in county lockup for lying about being a San Francisco resident when he ran for -- and won -- the District 4 supervisor's seat. 

Assistant District Attorney Evan Ackiron had pushed for Jew to spend an additional year behind bars, while Jew's lawyer, Stuart Hanlon, called for home detention and community service. 

Tsenin took a little from Column A and a little from Column B. 

"I think Mr. Jew owes something to the city of San Francisco, she said. "Sitting in custody, no offense to the Sheriff's Department, he will not give back to the city of San Francisco. In fact, it will cost the city more money." 

Eighty-five bucks a day by the judge's reckoning. 

So, Jew will get 2,440 hours of community service, which Hanlon -- who insisted on speaking for Jew as Jew is now "a private person" -- said will be spent helping young people attain their GEDs and assisting the elderly. Hanlon claimed his client was an intelligent person who had much to offer. 

These good works, however, will be postponed until after Jew begins serving a 60-day sentence on Thursday: "He needs another dose of punishment," concluded the judge. Serving "half-time," he could be out within 30 days. 

Following the hearing, Hanlon said he and his client weren't happy with the outcome, and referred to District Attorney George Gascon's general openness to alternative sentencing -- but insistence on jail time for Jew -- as "total bullshit." 

Jew then wandered, wordlessly, out of the Hall of Justice and into sunny San Francisco for six more days of freedom. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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