Prosecutor says only junk mail is delivered
to Jew's San Francisco home
Defense Attorney Bill Fazio and Supervisor Ed Jew emerge from
Superior Court, Department 20, following damaging testimony from
a U.S. Postal Service inspector.
By Ananda Shorey
July 31, 2007
Only advertisements are regularly delivered to San Francisco
supervisor Ed Jew's Sunset District residence, a U.S. Postal Service
inspector testified Monday during a preliminary hearing into Jew's
alleged violations of the city's elections code.
In the second day of testimony, two letter carriers that regularly
deliver mail to Jew's Sunset District home and his Burlingame
home said the supervisor regularly received third-class mail --
or junk mail -- at his San Francisco home, while both first- and
third-class mail were delivered to his Burlingame home.
"The mail would pile up for a week or two before someone
would pick it up," postal Inspector Quan Howard testified
in San Francisco Superior Court yesterday.
Jew has pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges related to
alleged violations of the city elections code. Prosecutors question
whether he lives inside the district he represents and whether
he misrepresented his residence in candidate nominating documents.
The type of mail Jew received at his various homes proves nothing,
said his attorney, Bill Fazio. "The junk mail is more indicative
that he lived there. The mail was in the name of Ed Jew."
Mail carrier Gregory Tanazawa, who had been delivering mail at
Jew's San Francisco address for two years, once told Howard that
it didn't appear anyone lived in the home, Howard said.
The defense is not trying to prove Jew spent all of his time
at the Sunset District home, Fazio said.
"We're not saying there was a timecard that he punched in
and out," Fazio said.
Jew has reportedly been present at his Sunset District home,
located at 2450 28th Ave., intermittently since around 1984.
To trace Jew's residency history, Assistant District Attorney
Evan Ackiron presented insurance, mortgage, California Department
of Motor Vehicle and voting records, as well as garbage and water
bills today to try to persuade Judge Harold Kahn that there is
probable cause that Jew's primary home is not in San Francisco.
Assistant District Attorney Evan Ackiron
The documents showed that there wasn't garbage service at times
and that numerous registered voters had the 28th Avenue residence
listed as their home.
Fazio said there are holes in the evidence and that he will prove
Jew's primary residence is at his Sunset District home.
"His business is here; his heart is here; his whole soul
is here," Fazio said.
Jew is the subject of a
separate 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.
Supporters for the District 4 supervisor lined up outside court
before testimony began a little after 10 a.m. holding signs and
passing around petitions. A smiling Jew has chatted with supporters
at his previous court appearances, but today his demeanor was
more serious and he didn't spend much time talking.
The preliminary hearing is expected to last up to two more days.
At its conclusion, Kahn will rule on whether there is enough
evidence for Jew to stand trial.
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