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District Attorney Boudin Announces Civil Prosecution Against Commercial Fisherman for Fishing in the North Farallon Islands State Marine Reserve

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that the District Attorney’s Office, working with California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), filed a civil prosecution against a commercial fisherman for unlawfully fishing in the North Farallon Islands State Marine Reserve, a highly protected Marine Protected Area where taking any fish is unlawful. Marine Protected Areas are discrete geographic marine or estuarine areas designed to protect or conserve marine life and habitat.

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District Attorney Boudin Announces New Victim Services AAPI Unit and Ongoing Work to Increase Trauma Treatment for Victims

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces that the District Attorney’s Office’s Victim Services Division (“VSD”) has launched a new Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Unit, and has hired Dr. Paul Lam to be its Director. The Unit will serve and support the many AAPI community members in San Francisco, who have historically been underserved. As part of its commitment to supporting victims, the District Attorney’s Office is also working to expand available trauma treatment for AAPI crime victims.

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San Francisco District Attorney Boudin Announces Motion to Immediately Enjoin the Sale of Ghost Gun Kits in California

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that on Friday, the District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the California Attorney General Rob Bonta, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and the law firm Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, filed a motion on behalf of the People of California to immediately stop the sale of ghost gun kits in California by three defendant manufacturer and retailers.

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San Francisco District Attorney Boudin Announces Multiple Charges Against Leader Of Anti-Choice Group For Stalking A Doctor Who Provided Abortions

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that the District Attorney’s Office has filed multiple charges against an anti-choice activist, Aaron Jonathan Hurley, who was part of a group of people who invaded a health care clinic and stalked a doctor who provides health care, including abortions, to women. District Attorney Boudin has charged Mr. Hurley, a resident of Los Angeles, with felony stalking (Penal Code section 646.9(a)); misdemeanor obstructing freedom of access to a clinic (Penal Code Section 423.2(c)); two misdemeanor vandalism charges (Penal Code Section 594(b)(2)(a)); misdemeanor trespassing with intent to interfere (Penal Code Section 602(k)); and misdemeanor interfering with a business (Penal Code Section 602.1(a)). Another suspect, Kristen Turner, was cited and released. An arrest warrant is pending for Lauren Brice Handy, another suspect involved in these activities. The investigation is ongoing.

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District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces 18 Felony Charges Against Beverly Hills Lawyer Who Defrauded San Francisco Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced a grand jury indictment on 18 felony charges, including one charge of grand theft from an elder and 14 charges of grand theft by false pretense, against Beverly Hills attorney Kousha Berokim. It is alleged that Mr. Berokim sent 17 San Francisco businesses and nonprofit organizations emails and letters in which he purported to represent a blind Californian, threatening those businesses with federal lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) for alleged website-accessibility violations if they did not enter into settlements and pay him sums of money to resolve the claims.

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District Attorney Boudin, President Walton, and Supervisor Chan Bring Together Elected and Community Leaders in Rally to Denounce Racism and Gun Violence

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin; President of the Board of Supervisors Shamann Walton; and Supervisor Connie Chan brought together elected and community leaders at City Hall in a rally to denounce racism and gun violence and to unite the Black and AAPI communities. Dr. Amos Brown; Reverend Arnold Townsend; Public Defender Mano Raju; Policy and Alliance Director of the Chinese Progressive Association Lai Wa Wu; and President of the New Breath Foundation Eddy Zheng all also spoke about the need for unity in light of the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and elsewhere across the country.

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District Attorney Boudin Announces Charges for Theft From a Local Nonprofit Serving Students of Color

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced today that he has charged James Andrew Ahrens with two felony charges for violating Penal Code §487(a) (Grand Theft) and §470(a) (Forgery). Ahrens allegedly used his position as the Controller and Chief Financial Officer at the nonprofit organization Partners in School Innovation (PSI) to embezzle over $150,000 for his own personal use.

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District Attorney Boudin Announces Public Release of Diversion Data it Gathered from Courts and Other Criminal Justice Players

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the release of eleven years’ worth of data on criminal cases that have been diverted from the traditional criminal justice process. This data was gathered from the San Francisco Superior Court, the Pretrial Diversion Project, the District Attorney’s Office, as well as other sources and took many months to compile. The release comes as part of District Attorney Boudin’s ongoing commitment to data transparency. It also follows the recent release by the District Attorney’s Office of a diversion fact sheet.

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District Attorney Boudin Announces Partnership with Code Tenderloin to Provide Digital Training to Formerly-Incarcerated Individuals

Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the District Attorney’s Office’s partnership with Code Tenderloin and Goodwill CASC to provide digital training and tools for formerly incarcerated people who are adjusting to life post-incarceration. The first training took place yesterday, May 2, and included several people who were resentenced from lengthy prison sentences by the District Attorney’s Office.

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District Attorney’s Office Announces Influx of Applicants for Internships; Assistant District Attorney Positions; and Victim Advocate Positions

Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces a deluge of interns and applicants to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office has had a steady influx of interest from talented and diverse lawyers, paralegals, investigators, victim advocates, and interns since District Attorney Boudin took office in 2020. This year, there has been a historic number of applicants seeking to participate in the District Attorney’s internship program and volunteer with the office.

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San Francisco District Attorney Boudin Releases Victim Services Fact Sheet in Honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Today, as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin released a Victim Services Fact Sheet to explain how the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Victim Services Division functions and to educate community members about the process of serving crime victims. As can be seen on the District Attorney’s Office’s new Victim Services dashboard, the District Attorney’s Victim Services Division is serving more victims than ever before.

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Senate Public Safety Committee Unanimously Passes* Senator Wiener and District Attorney Boudin’s Legislation to Protect Sexual Assault Survivors’ DNA

Today, California State Senator Scott Wiener and San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announce that the Senate Public Safety Committee has passed their bill, Senate Bill 1228: Genetic Privacy for Sexual Assault Victims, by a unanimous, bipartisan vote.* It will now be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee before heading to the full Senate for a vote.

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San Francisco District Attorney Boudin Announces Charges Against Two SFPD Officers and One Retired SFPD Officer

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced today that SFPD Officers Kevin Patrick Lyons and Kevin David Sien have been charged with violating Penal Code section 135, a misdemeanor, for concealing and destroying evidence. Separately, retired Officer Mark Williams has been charged with Penal Codes section 32625(a); Possession of a Machine Gun; Penal Code section 33410; Possession of a Silencer; and Penal Code section 503(a), Embezzlement, all felonies.

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DA Boudin Announces Exoneration of Joaquin Ciria in 32-Year-Old Wrongful Conviction Case Following Investigation by DA’s Innocence Commission

Today, following an extensive review and investigation by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Innocence Commission, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces the exoneration of Joaquin Ciria for being wrongly convicted of killing Felix Bastarrica. Mr. Ciria, who is now 61 years old, was arrested exactly 32 years ago and has maintained his innocence from the beginning.

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District Attorney Boudin Announces Guilty Verdicts in 2014 Murder of Ronnie Goodman, Jr

Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces a deluge of interns and applicants to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office has had a steady influx of interest from talented and diverse lawyers, paralegals, investigators, victim advocates, and interns since District Attorney Boudin took office in 2020. This year, there has been a historic number of applicants seeking to participate in the District Attorney’s internship program and volunteer with the office.

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San Francisco District Attorney Boudin Announces Groundbreaking Civil Prosecution Against Law Firm for Exploiting ADA to File Thousands of Fraudulent Lawsuits Against Small Businesses

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón announced that the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office are filing a joint civil complaint against the law firm Potter Handy LLP. Potter Handy has filed thousands of fraudulent, boilerplate lawsuits against small businesses alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California’s Unruh Act, a civil rights statute.

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District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces Charges in Robbery and Assault with a Ghost Gun

Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that the District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Alex Clarks and Gabriel DeSouza for their participation in a robbery with a ghost gun. The District Attorney has charged them with second degree robbery, three felony counts of second degree burglary; multiple charges related to the possession and concealment of a gun, and possession of stolen property. The District Attorney’s Office sought detention in this case, which was denied by the court.

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The Golden State Warriors Release PSAs for San Francisco’s “Be The Jury” Pilot Program in SF Superior Court

“I am grateful to the Warriors for speaking up on this critical issue. Justice demands that our juries reflect the diverse backgrounds of the victims, witnesses, and accused persons whose lives are impacted by their decisions,” said District Attorney Chesa Boudin. “We must continue to find ways to promote and enable jury service for all San Franciscans, so that our juries reflect our diverse communities and are able to administer justice for all San Franciscans.”

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Contractor Pays over $300,000 in Restitution in Case Involving Theft from Elderly Homeowner

Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the recovery of over $300,000.00 in restitution to a victim’s estate. Over a ten-year period, William Harold Schwarz, a general contractor, stole this money from the elderly victim while working for her. Mr. Schwarz pleaded guilty to felony grand theft, was sentenced to two years felony probation, and ordered to pay the victim’s estate $332,777.26 in restitution for the theft he committed.

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District Attorney Boudin and Senator Wiener Announce Legislation to Protect Sexual Assault Survivors’ DNA

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and California State Senator Scott Wiener announced the introduction of Senate Bill 1228: Genetic Privacy for Sexual Assault Victims. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is the Principal Co-Author. The bill would prohibit law enforcement from retaining the DNA profile of sexual assault survivor in a searchable database that could be searched for reasons entirely unrelated to the sexual assault.

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San Francisco to Launch the “Be The Jury” Pilot Program on Monday to Compensate Low-Income Jurors $100 a Day

“Justice demands that our juries reflect the diverse backgrounds of the victims, witnesses, and accused persons whose lives are impacted by their decisions,” said District Attorney Chesa Boudin. “I cosponsored AB1452 to improve the racial and socioeconomic diversity of our juries and the Be The Jury pilot will remove a critical barrier for many prospective jurors’ service in San Francisco.

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San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin Hosts a Convening on Preventing Gun Violence

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Boudin hosted a virtual convening, “Public Health Approaches to Preventing Gun Violence,” in partnership with Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Brady United Against Violence; Healing 4 Our Families and Our Nation; and the UCSF Wraparound Project. The event brought together survivors of gun violence, community leaders, and violence-prevention practitioners to discuss gun violence and proven solutions.

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District Attorney Boudin Announces Arrests Related to DA Office-Led Organized Retail Theft Operation

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced arrest warrants for 5 individuals and 2 criminal indictments as part of an extensive two-and-a-half-year organized retail theft investigation led by the District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office initiated the operation, known as Operation Focus Lens, following an investigation into a series of thefts at Macy’s that led investigators to the uncovering of a major, organized retail theft ring with international ties.

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District Attorney Boudin Announces Expansion of Victim Services to Include Property Crime Advocates

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced an historic expansion of the District Attorney’s Office’s Victim Services Division (“VSD”). District Attorney Boudin has, for the first time, secured funding to expand VSD to include two property crime advocates. The two advocates will support victims of residential burglaries and businesses experiencing storefront vandalism. The first of the two advocates has started at the District Attorney’s Office this week.

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District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces Charges in Kidnapping of DoorDash Delivery Driver’s Children During Robbery

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced a grand jury indictment on twelve charges, including kidnapping, robbery, and carjacking, against German Morazan for an incident in which Mr. Morazan allegedly carjacked a DoorDash delivery driver and drove away with his two children, a one-year-old and a four-year-old. Assistant District Attorney Michele Brass presented this case to a grand jury last week.

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Attorney General Bonta, District Attorney Boudin Announce Joint Effort Against Ghost Gun Kit Retailers and Manufacturers

California Attorney General Rob Bonta, joined by San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and Keker, Van Nest & Peters, LLP, announced a joint effort today against ghost gun kit manufacturer and retailers Blackhawk Manufacturing Group, Inc. (Blackhawk); MDX Corporation (MDX), and GS Performance, LLC (Glockstore).

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District Attorney’s office files charges, including hate crime allegations, for string of robberies against Asian women

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the filing of seven felony charges, including hate crime allegations, against O’Sean Garcia for seven separate robberies against Asian women. The District Attorney’s Office alleges that the string of offenses were racially motivated. Mr. Garcia is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon and the District Attorney’s Office is seeking his detention.

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District Attorney Boudin joins law enforcement leaders nationwide to urge supreme court not to criminalize lifesaving overdose prevention sites

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces that he is one of 80 current and former elected prosecutors and law enforcement leaders and former Department of Justice officials who filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Safehouse, supporting efforts to open the nation’s first overdose prevention site.

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District Attorney’s Office announces partnership to prevent campus sexual violence and hate crimes and support survivors

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced a new partnership between the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office; the San Francisco Police Department, the San Francisco Department of Public Health; and the San Francisco State University Police Department to enhance the reporting and investigation of campus sexual assaults, violent crimes, and hate crimes, and improve support for survivors. The newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) establishes roles, procedures, and practices across these agencies for responding to reports of sexual violence crimes and hate crimes and ensuring that survivors’ needs are met.

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San Francisco District Attorney Boudin Announces Groundbreaking Civil Prosecution Against Ghost Gun Manufacturers and Retailers

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces that the District Attorney’s Office has submitted for filing a civil prosecution action against three corporations that manufacture and distribute ghost guns throughout California.  Keker, Van Nest & Peters, LLP and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence are co-counsel in this groundbreaking case.

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District Attorney’s Office Files Charges, Including Hate Crime Allegations, for String of Crimes Targeting Chinese-Owned Businesses

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the filing of 33 charges, including hate crime allegations, against Derik Barreto for 27 separate incidents against 20 primarily Chinese-owned businesses. The District Attorney’s Office alleges that the string of offenses that occurred between April and August 2021 were racially motivated. Mr. Barreto is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.

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San Francisco District Attorney Boudin Announces Investigation Over Potentially Fraudulent Lawsuits Targeting Chinatown Merchants

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces that the District Attorney’s Office is launching an investigation into reports of possibly illegitimate lawsuits targeting Chinatown merchants. There have been reports that lawyers have sent out potentially fraudulent suits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and have exploited the law to extort small business owners into paying them. This afternoon, members of the District Attorney’s Office staff attended a townhall in Chinatown, where these concerns were voiced by many Chinatown merchants, and the DA held a press conference at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce following the townhall.

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District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces Charges Against Former Public Works Official Gerald Sanguinetti for Failing to Disclose over a Quarter Million Dollars in Income

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced today that Gerald “Jerry” Sanguinetti, a former Bureau Manager for San Francisco Public Works, was arrested on five felony charges for Perjury in violation of Penal Code section 118(a), and two misdemeanor charges for Failure to File Financial Disclosure Statements in violation of San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 3.1-102(a).

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San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin Praises Senate’s Passage of AB 127, Which He Cosponsored, and Urges Governor Newsom To Sign it into Law

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces that the California State Senate has passed AB 127, sending the bill to the Governor’s desk. District Attorney Boudin cosponsored AB 127, which was authored by Senator Sydney Kamlager, and District Attorney Boudin testified on its behalf earlier this week. The bill would remove obstacles to prosecutors holding police accountable and is one of a slate of bills before the State Legislature that District Attorney Boudin has cosponsored this year.

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District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces Guilty Verdict in Domestic Violence Jury Trial

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that a jury reached guilty verdicts in a felony domestic violence trial. The case stemmed from a May 2018 incident in which Mr. Jovaughn Timms shot his girlfriend in the stomach during an argument. The jury convicted on five out of the six charges, including assault with a firearm with conduct enhancements; domestic violence causing injury with conduct enhancements; and firearm charges.

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District Attorney Chesa Boudin Heralds Senate Passage of SB 739, Which He Cosponsored, and Continues His Advocacy for Vulnerable Youth

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin heralds the California State Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 739, which supports universal basic income for youth aging out of the foster system. District Attorney Boudin cosponsored SB 739, which was authored by Senator Dave Cortese. District Attorney Boudin’s advocacy for SB 739 builds on the District Attorney’s Office’s development of new, innovative approaches to assist vulnerable young people.

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San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon Announce the Filing of a Preliminary Injunction in Case Against Handy for Misclassification of Workers

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced the filing of a motion for preliminary injunction seeking to immediately stop Handy Technologies, Inc. from continuing to break the law by misclassifying its workers as independent contractors instead of employees.

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District Attorney Boudin Announces Cosponsorship of a First-in-the-Nation Bill to Extend Victim Services to Survivors of Police Brutality That Just Passed Key Committee

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Boudin announces that SB 299, a first-in-the-nation bill he cosponsored, passed unanimously yesterday in the California Senate’s Committee on Public Safety on a vote of 5-0. Authored by Senator Connie Leyva (SD-20), the bill would extend services to victims of police violence.

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District Attorney Boudin and Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón Announce Worker Protection Action Against Handy for Misclassifying Its Workers

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón jointly filed a worker protection action against Handy, suing the company for unlawfully misclassifying its workers as independent contractors when, in fact, these workers are employees performing the very cleaning and handyman services that Handy sells its customers.

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DA Boudin Announces Launch of Safety and Justice Challenge Fellowship

– San Francisco is the recipient of a $2 million grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to continue building on efforts in collaboration with local leaders and the community to rethink the local criminal justice system, safely reduce San Francisco’s jail population, and eliminate racial inequities.

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