Jew's attorney pens letter to Ethics Commission
Attorney Steven F. Gruel
From the Law Offices of Steven F. Gruel, attorney for suspended
Supervisor Ed Jew
September 27, 2007
John St. Croix
Executive Director, San Francisco Ethics Commission
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220
San Francisco, CA 94102-6053
Re: In The Matter of Charges Against Edmund Jew
Ex Parte Communications / Date Setting
Dear Mr. St. Croix:
I represent Edmund Jew in the above captioned matter.
I have read and heard media accounts that the San Francisco Ethics
Commission is considering dates for a special hearing that will
discuss the due process safeguards necessary for the removal hearing.
I respectfully request that I have an opportunity to weigh in
with my thoughts pertaining to the scheduling of this first hearing
before the date is actually set.
Also, I request that you completely cease any ex parte communications
with the City Attorney, members of the Board of Supervisors and
the Mayor, plus their respective staffs, concerning all aspects
of these charges of misconduct, and the appropriate means for
the adjudication thereof, until this matter is completed.
A basic precept of due process, of course, is that adverse parties
and fact finders do not communicate about an active case in the
absence of all interested parties. I see no reason why this simple
rule ensuring fundamental fairness should not be followed here.
Please contact me immediately if you do not understand or agree
with this request.
Further, please distribute a copy of this letter to your staff
and the San Francisco Ethics Commissioners.
Steven F. Gruel
Attorney for Ed Jew
cc. Edmund Jew
Dennis Herrera, San Francisco City Attorney
Therese M. Stewart, Chief Deputy City Attorney
Linda M. Ross, General Counsel, Mayors Office