SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A civil grand jury filed a declaration in Superior Court accusing embattled Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith of corruption and misconduct.Fans Rally Behind Road Warrior San Francisco 49ers; Will Tickets Be Available For NFC Championship Game?
Sheriff Smith has been under investigation for alleged mismanagement of the county jail and charges of bribery and corruption.READ MORE: Hazardous Sneaker Waves Threaten San Francisco Beachcombers
Tuesday’s filing accuses Smith of seven corruption-related charges including political favors, accepting unlawful gifts, perjury and failing to cooperate with investigating authorities. The accusations were based on the testimony of 65 witnesses.MORE NEWS: Film Fans Tell New Castro Theatre Managers To Keep It Reel
Smith has denied the accusations and is due in court on January 12. She has been sheriff since 1998, and faces re-election next year.