Supervisor Ed Jew pleads not guilty
to nine felony charges
District 4 Supervisor Ed Jew
By Ananda Shorey
July 16, 2007
Dozens of demonstrators waved "Political Torture,"
"Keep Fighting," and "Grab Criminals Not Headlines"
signs on the steps of the San Francisco Hall of Justice today
where embattled Supervisor Ed Jew pleaded not guilty to nine felony
The charges, filed in June by District Attorney Kamala Harris'
prosecutors, include violations of the election code and allegations
that he committed perjury when he said he lived in San Francisco,
his attorney, Bill Fazio, said.
A spokeswoman with Harris' office said today that DA is looking
forward to prosecuting the case and protecting the integrity of
the electoral process in San Francisco.
"The charges of perjury, filing false documents and voter
fraud go to the heart of District elections and democracy in San
Francisco," said spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh in a prepared
Wearing an American flag tie, the District 4 supervisor appeared
in Department 9 chatting and hugging supporters before entering
Jew's intent has always been to live in San Francisco, where
he has personal and business ties, Fazio said.
The supervisor didn't do anything wrong, which we will prove,
Fazio said. "I think that Supervisor Jew is in an excellent
Jew's lawyers say 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 didn't 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
It has been argued that his primary residence is in Burlingame.
"He has no spirit, conviction or heart in San Mateo (County),"
Fazio said today.
Miniscule water usage was allegedly recorded at the Sunset District
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 at 2450 28th Ave. intermittently since around 1984.
In addition to the residency charges, Jew still faces a Federal
Bureau of Investigation 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.
Fazio requested today that Judge Curtis Karnow decrease Jew's
bail, which is set at $135,000. Karnow said the issue has to be
revisited in court Tuesday.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Department 20
to set a preliminary hearing. Fazio requested that his client
not attend because of his busy schedule.
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