Ed Jew to testify in trespass case
involving Sunset District residence
San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew could be called as a witness to
testify in the October 1 trial of mayoral candidate Grasshopper
Alec Kaplan. Kaplan pled not guilty Friday to two misdemeanor
counts of trespassing at Jew's Sunset District residence.
September 16, 2007, 2:55 p.m.
Embattled Supervisor Ed Jew could be called as a witness to testify
in a trespass case involving mayoral candidate Grasshopper Alec
Kaplan and Jew's Sunset District residence.
Kaplan, who is homeless and sleeps in his taxicab, was arrested
September 9 at 2:30 am after police were summoned to Jew's 28th
Avenue home by Jew's wife following an alleged disturbance involving
Upon arrival at the scene police found Kaplan's purple taxicab
parked on Jew's driveway.
Grasshopper Alec Kaplan
Following his arrest, Kaplan was charged with threatening a state
official and stalking - both are felonies - and two counts of
misdemeanor trespass. The felony charges were later dropped.
During his arraignment Friday, Kaplan pled not guilty to the
tresspassing counts. Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong set a trial
date for October 1.
"He's charged with parking his car on Ed Jew's property
without Ed Jew's consent," said Zadik Shapiro, Kaplan's defense
attorney. "He was investigating as a candidate whether Ed
Jew lives at that residence."
Jew, who faces 9 felony charges that allege Jew lied about his
true residency in order to run for office and vote in local elections,
is also being investigated by federal authorities in connection
with a $40,000 cash transaction involving local businessmen who
needed help obtaining permits. The City Attorney is also seeking
Jew's removal from office.
Asked if Jew would be called as a witness to testify at the upcoming
trial, Shapiro said: "I believe they have to call him. He
can take the 5th amendment, but that will be up to his attorney."
Defense Attorney Zadik Shapiro
Pleading the 5th amendment is the act of refusing to testify
under oath in a court of law on the ground that the answers given
by the witness could be used as evidence to convict him or her
of a criminal offense.
Reached for comment, defense attorney and former prosecutor
Randall Knox said putting Jew on the stand could help Jew in his
criminal case. For this reason, Knox said, Jew should not invoke
the 5th amendment.
"It's not in Ed Jew's interest to take the 5th amendment
because I would expect he would want to testify that he lives
at 28th Avenue," Knox said.
Attorney Randall Knox
Jew, who was present when Kaplan was arrrested, told Fog City:
"I am going to consult with my attorney."
Jew's defense counsel, Bill Fazio, could not be reached for comment.
Jew could find himself hopping back and forth between courtrooms.
On September 28, jury selection proceedings are expected to begin
in the Districty Attorney's criminal case against Jew.