Harris files criminal charges
against Jew, warrant issued
Complaint alleges felony perjury and elections
Embattled Supervisor Ed Jew at today's Board of Supervisors meeting.
From the Office of District Attorney Kamala
June 12, 2007, 5:02 p.m.
The San Franciscos District Attorneys Office today
filed criminal charges against Supervisor Ed Jew.
According to court documents, Mr. Jew allegedly lied under oath
and falsified documents regarding his residency in order to obtain
a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It is alleged
that he committed perjury, filed false documents and that he did
not live in District 4 when he ran and won a seat to represent
The DAs Office has charged Mr. Jew with four felony counts
of perjury, a violation of Penal Code Section 118; one count of
filing a false document, a violation of Penal Code Section 115;
one count of violating Elections Code Section 18201; two counts
of violating Elections Code Section 18203; and one count of violating
Elections Code Section 18560, all felonies.
Immediately after the FBI executed search warrants on May 18th,
the District Attorneys Office began an investigation of
potential violations of state law relating to Mr. Jews claims
of residency at 2450 28th Avenue. Based on the District Attorneys
investigation, the charges allege that when Mr. Jew filed the
papers necessary to run for Supervisor he did not reside at 2450
28th Avenue or any other residence in District 4. The San Francisco
City Charter requires that each member of the Board of Supervisors
must reside in the District that he or she seeks to represent.
A District Attorneys arrest warrant has been issued for
Mr. Jew. The attorney for Mr. Jew has been contacted and he has
been given the opportunity to self-surrender. Bail is set at $135,000.
Mr. Jew will be arraigned at the Hall of Justice in the coming
The District Attorneys Office filed charges relating to
the various documents that Mr. Jew allegedly filed and signed
with the City and County in connection with his candidacy for
the office of Supervisor in 2006, including:
· Declaration of Intent to Solicit Campaign Contributions
on February 28, 2006
· Nomination Paper filed on August 11, 2006
· Declaration of Candidacy filed on August 11, 2006
Also, he has been charged with perjury in connection with using
the 2450 28th Avenue address to register to vote in March 2003
and in connection with a DMV application in February 2006.
In addition, the District Attorneys office has charged
Mr. Jew with voter fraud, as he allegedly voted in the November
2006 election using the same false address at 2450 28th Avenue.
This case goes to the heart of the integrity of the electoral
process in our city, said District Attorney Kamala D. Harris.
When San Franciscans go to cast their vote for the candidate
of their choice, they should not have to question the eligibility
of their candidate to hold office.
The case will be prosecuted from the District Attorneys
Public Integrity Unit. DA Harris launched the Public Integrity
Unit in 2004 to prosecute those who abuse a position of public
trust or influence. The Unit has prosecuted cases involving campaign
fundraising violations, bribery and misappropriation of public