Courts/Crime

Baseball stars and steroids, FBI agents testifying in disguise, the battle over gay marriage and more. Guaranteed courtroom drama…

April 8, 2014, Agence France-Presse
US lawmaker denies gun-running plot after FBI sting
Chinatown gangsters, gun-smuggling, Muslim rebels in the Philippines and a shady character called “Shrimp Boy.” Oh, and envelopes full of cash from mobsters. It may sound like the plot of a cable television mini-series, but FBI agents say it’s the real tale of a California state senator willing to do nearly anything for campaign cash.

Jan. 14, 2013, Agence France-Presse
Undercover FBI agent recounts Christmas bomb plot
Giving evidence in disguise and visible only to jurors, one agent maintained that Mohamed Mohamud was prone to violence from the beginning and spoke of plans to “wage war” on the United States.

Jan. 12, 2013, Agence France-Presse
Somali-American on trial over Christmas tree bomb plot
Arguing in court just blocks from the site of the tree lighting in the US state of Oregon, lawyers presented rival pictures of Mohamed Mohamud, either as a troubled youth tricked by undercover agents or a hardened Islamist terrorist.

Aug. 15, 2012, SF Weekly
A Bayview teacher faces more allegations
The teacher, Deborah Fergin-Mavaega, 51, avoided criminal prosecution by completing a “pretrial diversion program” for first-time offenders. Now Fergin-Mavaega is facing new allegations that she was physically abusive.

May 4, 2012, Center for Investigative Reporting
How Guantanamo’s ‘war court’ differs from federal system
Tomorrow, five men accused of planning the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on 9/11 will be arraigned in a military courtroom at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The high-profile case will shine an international spotlight on a “war court” system that, despite legal reforms, is derided as inherently unjust by critics and lauded by proponents as the most secure, efficient forum to try detainees suspected of terrorism.

May 3, 2012, GlobalPost
Waterboarded ‘KSM’ gets his day in court
As the military court gears up to try the alleged Al Qaeda terrorist who infamously boasted he planned the 9/11 attacks “from A to Z,” the US may also find itself put on a trial of sorts — in the court of international opinion.

April 30, 2012, Agence France-Presse
US shootings: Korean pleads not guilty
A Korean-American former nursing student pleaded not guilty Monday to killing seven people in an execution-style shooting rampage at a religious college in California.

March 2, 2012, Agence France-Presse
FBI chief warns cyber crime on par with terrorism
Gone are the “good old days” of teenage boys hacking into websites for fun, Mueller said. Today’s hackers are savvy and often work in groups, like traditional crime families.

Feb. 7, 2012, Agence France-Presse
Appeals court reverses California gay marriage ban
A US federal appeals court has struck down a California law that strips gays and lesbians of the right to marry, in the latest round in America’s long-running battle over same-sex marriage.

Nov. 15, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Campus shooting as US protests target Berkeley
There was no immediate indication that the shooting was related to the protests at the elite college, which continued into the evening when demonstrators voted to put up tents at a mass gathering on a campus square.

Nov. 2, 2011
Ex-City College chief Philip Day gets probation
A judge sentenced former City College of San Francisco Chancellor Philip Day to five years probation Tuesday for misusing $100,000 in college funds.

Sept. 29, 2011, San Francisco Chronicle
Ex-SF City College officials plead guilty
The former chancellor of City College of San Francisco has pleaded guilty to felony charges of misusing public funds. As part of a plea deal, Philip Day admitted last week to diverting nearly $100,000 in college funds to campaign for community college bond ballot measures.

Sept. 19, 2011, California Watch
High-speed rail: Lawsuits could delay, kill plans
Even if state officials can scrape together the billions of dollars needed to fund California’s ambitious high-speed rail plans, lawsuits from cities and opposition groups could delay, divert or derail the project.

Aug. 25, 2011, Agence-France Presse
Court debates Bonds’ 75 seconds of blather
Lawyers for Barry Bonds continued their efforts Thursday to persuade a federal judge to toss out an obstruction of justice conviction against the USA baseball home run king.

Aug. 11, 2011, California Watch
Oakland preschooler molested by classmate, family says
The family’s allegations are not the first time reports have surfaced at Oakland schools of sexual behavior by young children going unnoticed by teachers.

June 23, 2011, California Watch
Bonds prosecutors get more time to decide on new trial
A federal judge rejected a demand by Barry Bonds’ attorneys today to force prosecutors to reveal whether they intend to retry the home run king for perjury.

June 18, 2011, San Francisco Chronicle
Teacher’s fight to renew visa a first for Oakland
Evelyn Francisco, the only AP statistics teacher at Oakland Technical High School, is asking an Alameda County Superior Court judge to order school officials to sign the paperwork. She argues that the district is illegally firing her by refusing sponsorship of the visa that allows her to stay in the country.

June 14, 2011, California Watch
Judge rejects bid to toss gay judge’s Prop. 8 ruling
The federal judge who found California’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional had no obligation to disclose that he was in a long-term gay relationship or recuse himself from the case, his sucessor ruled today.

June 14, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Judge rejects bid to overturn gay-marriage ban
A federal judge Tuesday refused to nullify a gay judge’s ruling that California’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

May 29, 2011, San Francisco Examiner
Lawyer claims cockpit rammer on SFO-bound flight not al-Qaida
The lawyer for a man accused of trying to break down the cockpit door of a San Francisco-bound flight while yelling “God is great” in Arabic says his client is not a terrorist and had a psychological breakdown mid-flight.

May 13, 2011, The Bay Citizen
Judge: Suspect’s behavior on plane may be a ‘call for help’
A man who frightened passengers on an American Airlines flight over the weekend by allegedly trying to break down the cockpit door has a history of mental health problems, according to a federal judge.

May 10, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Yemeni cried “Allah akbar” as rammed cockpit door
A Yemeni man arrested on a San Francisco-bound plane repeatedly shouted “Allah Akbar” as he tried to break into the cockpit, a court heard Tuesday, as he made an initial appearance.

April 13, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Home run king Bonds guilty of obstruction
A jury convicted US home run king Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice Wednesday for giving misleading and evading testimony in a 2003 steroid probe. Jurors were deadlocked on three additional counts of perjury, and US District Judge Susan Illston declared a mistrial on those.

April 12, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Bonds trial jurors head to 4th day of deliberations
Jurors in the Barry Bonds perjury case ended their third day of deliberations with no verdict Tuesday.

April 8, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Bonds trainer freed as jury deliberates
Barry Bonds’ personal trainer was ordered released from prison on Friday after being behind bars for more than two weeks for refusing to testify in the famed slugger’s perjury trial.

April 7, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Barry Bonds perjury case goes to jury
The fate of US baseball home run king Barry Bonds was put in the hands of the jury after closing arguments in his trial on perjury charges.

April 6, 2011, Agence France-Presse
One Barry Bonds charge dropped, defense rests
The defense in Barry Bonds’ perjury trial rested on Wednesday — without calling any witnesses — after one of five charges against the famed slugger was dropped at the government’s request.

April 5, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Judge blocks tape in Bonds’ trial
Jurors in the Barry Bonds trial will never hear a recording of Bonds’ ex-business manager telling the ballplayer’s surgeon Bonds could be implicated in a steroids scandal following a raid on a California lab.

April 4, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Missing tape found in Bonds trial
In a last-minute twist in the Barry Bonds trial, prosecutors announced they had a recording of Bonds’ surgeon discussing Bonds and steroids with the slugger’s ex-business manager.

March 31, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Ex-aide says she saw trainer inject Bonds
Kathy Hoskins, a childhood friend of Bonds, told the jury in the slugger’s perjury trial that the trainer, Greg Anderson, gave Bonds a shot in his navel as she packed clothes for a road trip during baseball season.

March 30, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Ex-Yankee Velarde testifies in Bonds trial
In federal court on Wednesday, Velarde said that during a series of meetings in parking lots in 2002, Anderson gave him some pills, and then injections that included human growth hormone.

March 29, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Giambi bros. take stand at Bonds’ trial
Baseball players Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi and Marvin Benard, testified in federal court that Barry Bonds’ ex-personal trainer gave them designer drugs that at the time were undetectable by Major League Baseball testing.

March 28, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Bonds blamed injury on steroids: ex-mistress
When Barry Bonds’ ex-girlfriend walked into a San Francisco courtroom Monday to testify against the famed baseball player, it was the first time the two had seen each other in eight years.

March 24, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Bonds jury hears expert on doping signs
Barry Bonds’ lawyers focused Thursday on discrediting witnesses testifying against US baseball’s home run king while prosecutors called on an anti-doping expert to discuss signs of drug use.

March 23, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Bonds jury hears secret tape testimony
Testimony in the Barry Bonds perjury trial focused Wednesday on a secret recording of the US home run king’s trainer talking about steroid injections.

March 23, 2011, San Francisco Chronicle
City College of SF ex-officials balk at plea deal
Three former City College of San Francisco officials accused of misusing public funds are balking at an offer that would allow them to avoid a trial and possible prison time in exchange for guilty pleas to felony charges and an agreement to pay $95,000 in restitution to the college.

March 22, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Testimony begins in Bonds trial
Testimony began in the long-awaited perjury trial of US baseball home run king Barry Bonds on Tuesday with the lead investigator in the BALCO steroid scandal taking the witness stand.

March 22, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Bonds’ silent trainer back behind bars
Greg Anderson, the former trainer for US home run king Barry Bonds, appeared calm Tuesday as a federal judge ordered him imprisoned for refusing to testify in the famed slugger’s perjury trial.

March 21, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Jury set for long-awaited Bonds trial
Finding San Francisco area residents who lack strong opinions of their World Series champions and their former star player proved no easy task Monday in jury selection for the Barry Bonds trial.

March 20, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Trial opens Monday for US homer king Bonds
The 46-year-old American will be the star player in what has been a long-running effort by federal agents to link him to taking steroids, or at least for lying about it.

March 17, 2011, Agence France-Presse
Voicemails thrown out of Bonds trial
Jurors in the Barry Bonds perjury trial that opens Monday will never hear 11 expletive-laced voicemails the US home run king left for his former girlfriend during a nine-year relationship.

Dec. 7, 2010, California Watch
Gay marriage backers, opponents argue in federal court
As a gaggle of noisy protesters shouted through bullhorns and brandished signs outside, lawyers for the backers and opponents of the initiative to ban gay marriage made their case inside a federal appeals courthouse Monday.

Dec. 4, 2010, San Francisco Examiner
More than a year after rape, Richmond still scarred
As the preliminary hearing for seven men and boys accused of gang raping a 16-year-old girl outside the Richmond High School homecoming dance last year enters its fourth week, students and community leaders are trying to move forward amid constant reminders of the alleged attack.

Sept. 1, 2010, San Francisco Chronicle
S.F. State student loses case over fee increase
San Francisco State University has no obligation to refund a student additional fees it charged after CSU trustees approved a last-minute tuition increase last year, a San Francisco court has decided.

Aug. 28, 2010, San Francisco Chronicle
S.F. State student sues over late fee increase
Appearing in small claims court Friday, San Francisco State University student Angela Yuen Uyeda said university officials had unfairly forced her to pay twice for the fall 2009 semester.

Aug. 18, 2010, San Francisco Chronicle
Official suing City College takes lesser job
A City College of San Francisco vice chancellor whose job was in jeopardy following an investigation into allegations that he had harassed and intimidated district employees has unexpectedly stepped down and into a lower-paying position as student counselor, where it will be nearly impossible to fire him.

July 2, 2010, California Watch/San Francisco Chronicle
Unsupervised city workers accused of brazen theft, cheating taxpayers
by Lance Williams & Stephanie Rice
Bored and unsupervised, five highly paid electricians working for the city of San Francisco spent years allegedly stealing from taxpayers during a remarkable binge that involved sex parties with prostitutes, moonlighting on city time and fraudulent billing to pay for their suburban lifestyles.

June 28, 2010, San Francisco Examiner
Pregnancy lawsuit now in jury’s hands
A Marin County jury will begin its first full day of deliberations today in a pregnancy-discrimination lawsuit brought against Lucasfilm Ltd. by a San Francisco woman.

June 27, 2010, San Francisco Chronicle
City College official files defamation suit
A City College of San Francisco official who has been the target of investigation at the community college has filed a defamation lawsuit against the district’s chancellor claiming the chancellor sabotaged his bid for a post at another institution.

June 16, 2010, The Bay Citizen
Lucasfilm Manager ‘Afraid’ to Employ Pregnant Woman
Aides to “Star Wars” creator George Lucas said they worried a pregnant job applicant might not be able to handle the stress of working at the famed filmmaker’s chaotic San Anselmo estate. But in the trial of a pregnancy-discrimination lawsuit in Marin Superior Court, Lucasfilm managers testified that those concerns had absolutely nothing to do with the decision to cancel a job offer made to Julie Gilman Veronese.

July 10, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle
Ex-City College chancellor leaves current job
by Stephanie Rice & Lance Williams
The former chancellor of City College of San Francisco went on unpaid leave from his post as head of a Washington, D.C., education lobby Thursday after he was charged with misusing $150,000 in college funds.

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