Jew's attorney comments on upcoming trial
Attorney Stuart Hanlon
Photo by Scott Braley
for Defense of Human Rights
By Maya Strausberg
October 19, 2007
An almost jovial Ed Jew arrived at San Francisco Superior Court
today with his new attorney, Stuart Hanlon, who told reporters
outside the courtroom that the suspended San Francisco supervisor
has been "attacked on all fronts."
"I think (this case) is really strong," Hanlon said.
"I think Mr. Jew is innocent."
Hanlon will be defending Jew against criminal charges that allege
Jew lived in a district other than the one he represents. He replaces
Bill Fazio, who said he withdrew as Jew's attorney because the
supervisor had stopped returning calls and e-mails and was not
Jew pleaded not guilty Aug. 20 to the nine felony charges he
is facing in connection with alleged violations of the city election
code. There have been questions as to whether Jew actually lived
in the district that he represented and whether he misrepresented
his residence in candidate nominating documents.
Jew appeared light-hearted in court, with a dark blue suit and
constant smile. He made jokes and wouldn't comment on the case,
telling reporters they would have to speak with his attorney.
Jew's trial date will be decided Nov. 5.
Hanlon waved off questions of whether he had enough time to organize
"I have to get familiar with the facts," he said. "I
will be ready for trial at that point."
When asked what he has been doing to fill his time, Jew would
only comment on spending more time with his daughter.
"I think I'm a pretty good teacher," he joked. "My
cooking has improved a lot."
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