Jew's federal bail kept at $1 million
Suspended Supervisor Ed Jew appeared in federal court yesterday
for a bail hearing.
U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth Laporte kept his bail at $1 million
and set his next court date to October 24.
By Julia Cheever
October 3, 2007
Suspended San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew appeared briefly in
federal court yesterday for a hearing at which his bail was kept
at $1 million and his next court date was postponed to Oct. 24.
Jew, 47, faces a federal criminal mail fraud charge in connection
with an alleged scheme to extort a $40,000 bribe from tapioca
drink store operators seeking city permits.
The federal case is one
of four probes in which Jew is embroiled. The others are state
criminal charges of lying about his residence when he ran for
office last year; a bid by the city attorney's office to file
a civil lawsuit seeking his removal from office; and misconduct
charges pending before the city's Ethics Commission.
Jew, the owner of a Chinatown flower shop, was elected last November
to represent the city's Sunset District.
Mayor Gavin Newsom, who lodged the misconduct charges, suspended
him as supervisor on Sept. 25 until those charges are resolved
and appointed budget analyst Carmen Chu, 29, as an interim replacement.
The $1 million bail bond in the federal case was set by U.S.
Magistrate Elizabeth Laporte in San Francisco at Jew's arraignment
on the mail fraud on Sept. 21.
At the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Li-Ming Wang
told Laporte he was satisfied with the posting of property owned
by Jew and his wife at 2626 Sutter St. to meet the bail requirement.
Defense attorney Steven Gruel said the property was recently appraised
at $1.5 million.
Laporte also accepted an agreement by prosecution and defense
to postpone the next hearing in the case from Oct. 11 to Oct.
That session will be either a preliminary hearing on the fraud
charge or an arraignment on a grand jury indictment if one is
issued by then.
A stipulation filed by the attorneys says they agree that "in
light of the multiple legal proceedings involving defendant Jew,
defense counsel will require the additional time for effective
The stipulation also says the delay will give the parties a chance
"to explore the possibility of a pre-indictment resolution,"
which could be a plea agreement.
But outside of court, Gruel said that language was merely "boilerplate"
and declined to comment on any possible negotiations on an agreement.
Gruel said he is holding off for the time being on any plans
to file a federal civil lawsuit challenging a possible lack of
due process in the Ethics Commission proceedings. He said he will
decide whether to file such a lawsuit after the commission announces
later this month what procedures will be used in that case.
Attorney Steven F. Gruel
Ethics Commission executive director John St. Croix said he expects
the commission to meet by the end of the month "to determine
protocol and parameters," but he is waiting until the commission
has secured outside lawyers before scheduling the meeting.
Ethics Commission Executive Director John St. Croix.
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