Supervisor Ed Jew pleads not guilty to felony
District 4 Supervisor Ed Jew
By Ananda Shorey
July 16, 2007
Embattled San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew entered a plea of not
guilty this morning to nine felony charges related to questions
over whether he lives inside the district he represents and whether
he misrepresented his residence in candidate nominating documents.
The District 4 supervisor appeared in San Francisco Superior
Court department 9 this morning to face the charges.
Jew's lawyers have said they believe there is sufficient proof
that he satisfied residency requirements prior to running for
public office in the November 2006 election.
However, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has pointed
to evidence suggesting Jew did not fulfill the requirements to
run for city office.
It has been speculated that Jew rarely resided at his Sunset
District home in the months leading up to his announcement of
candidacy for the District 4 election.
Miniscule water usage was allegedly recorded at the home during
the months leading up to the election.
Jew's attorneys have said this can be attributed to the supervisor's
dedication to his Chinatown flower shop.
Jew has allegedly had some form of presence at his Sunset District
home, located at 2450 28th Ave., intermittently since around 1984.
In addition to the criminal charges over his residency, Jew still
faces an FBI probe into his alleged acceptance of $40,000 in cash
from a group of businessmen having permit problems. Jew denies
wrongdoing and no federal charges have been filed.
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