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Defense Attorney Grills Key FBI Witness at Chinatown Corruption TrialThe undercover FBI agent at the center of an organized crime investigation in San Francisco's Chinatown testified Monday that he did not always tell a key defendant why he was paying him and discussed investing in the defendant's book project.
Defense: Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow Will Testify At Murder TrialA San Francisco federal court jury began hearing opening arguments Monday in the murder and racketeering trial of former Chinatown fraternal association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow.
9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Addresses Issue Of Senility Among Federal Judges Appointed For LifeThe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, has taken a pro-active approach to the problem of mental decline in judges who are appointed for life.
4 Officers Investigated For Exchanging Racist, Homophobic Texts With Convicted SFPD Mission District SupervisorThe texts were part a petition filed by federal prosecutors in the case of former SFPD Sgt. Ian Furminger.
Veteran San Francisco Police Officer Sentenced To More Than 3 Years In Federal PrisonA former SFPD sergeant was sentenced to 41 months in prison for corruption in a federal court on Monday after being convicted of four charges related to a scheme to steal money and property seized during searches and arrests in 2009.
Uber Sued Over Allegations Of Discrimination, Harassment Against Blind Riders With Guide DogsA blind author and the National Federation of the Blind sued ridesharing company Uber in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday, alleging that it discriminates against blind riders with guide dogs.
Same-Sex Marriage Cases Return To San Francisco Federal Appeals Court; Nevada, Idaho Bans Up For ReviewThe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled two hours of arguments Monday on whether such bans should be struck down in Idaho and Nevada.
Silk Road Search Was Illegal, Defense Lawyer SaysLawyers for Ross Ulbricht, the San Francisco man charged with operating Silk Road—an online marketplace for illegal drugs, are asking a judge in New York to toss out most of the evidence against him.
San Francisco Landlords Sue City Over Increased Ellis Act Relocation FeesSeveral property owners and two landlord associations sued the city of San Francisco in federal court Thursday to challenge a new city law that sharply increases relocation assistance payments required for tenants evicted under the state's Ellis Act.
Mehserle Breaks Down On Witness Stand During Testimony Of Oscar Grant's Death In Civil CaseJohannes Mehserle, the former BART officer, broke down and cried on the witness stand while describing how he shot and killed Oscar Grant at a BART station platform more than five years ago.
Jury Says Samsung, Apple Infringed On Each Other's Smartphone PatentsA California jury awarded Apple $119.46 million, far less than it demanded, in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung’s patents.
Closing Arguments In Apple-Samsung Patent Infringement Case Delayed A federal court in Silicon Valley has delayed closing arguments in the Apple vs. Samsung trial, but the case involving patent infringement claims is expected to end this week.
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