SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Former San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to perjury and extortion charges, will be serving time in county jail, after an appeal to a judge was denied on Friday.
Jew’s defense attorneys filed a motion seeking to keep him out of county jail, for lying about living in the Sunset District when ran for supervisor, by modifying a one-year jail sentence so that it can be served concurrently with a federal prison sentence, according to Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
Bastian said he was happy that San Francisco Superior Court Judge Kay Tsenin didn’t deviate from the original sentence.
“The residents of the City and County of San Francisco deserved this sentence when Mr. Jew commits perjury and lies to the residents of the City and County of San Francisco, there have to be serious consequences for that behavior.”
Judge Tsenin upheld that the two sentences are consecutive, meaning they are to be served separately, one after the other.
Jew was elected to represent the Sunset District in November of 2006. He was suspended from office by Mayor Gavin Newsom in September 2007 and resigned in January 2008.
Jew read a statement in court that he regretted what he did and that he had betrayed so many people, using the word “regret” ten times.
Jew was sentenced to five years and four months in federal prison after pleading guilty in October of 2008 to three counts of mail fraud, extortion and bribery for seeking to extort $80,000 from small businesses that were seeking city permits.
The FBI found $10,000 of the cash in marked bills wrapped in foil in a search of a home Jew owned in Burlingame.
That search, and a search of Jew’s apparently empty Sunset District home in San Francisco, raised questions about where Jew actually lived.
He pleaded guilty in November of 2009 in San Francisco Superior Corut to a separate charge of lying about his residence when he ran for office in San Francisco, after officials determined he actually lived in Burlingame.
He was sentenced to three years probation and one year in county jail in connection with that charge.
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