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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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Man Found Guilty of Mayhem and Domestic Violence for Burning Girlfirend’s Face and Neck with Lit Cigarette, Stabbing Her with Scissors

Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that Julius Berry, 29, of San Francisco, was found guilty by a jury of 8 felonies, including mayhem, 3 counts of domestic violence, 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 2 counts of false imprisonment, for various incidents over multiple years where he burned his girlfriend’s face and neck with a lit cigarette, stabbed her in her thigh and abdomen with scissors, and bound and gagged her while holding an electric drill to her temple.

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DA Boudin Joins Governor Gavin Newsom and Other Current and Former District Attorneys to Declare Death Penalty Applied in Racially Biased and Arbitrary Manner

Today, in response to a rare request by the California Supreme Court for briefing about the constitutionality of California’s death penalty as it is applied, Governor Gavin Newsom filed an amicus brief stating that California’s death penalty has been applied in a manner that is unfair and racially biased.

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DA Boudin Announces Cosponsorship of Assemblymember Bonta’s Legislation to Cure the Conflict of Interest for Elected Prosecutors Investigating Police Misconduct

Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced his cosponsorship of California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (AD-18)’s first-in-the-nation legislation to require elected prosecutors to recuse themselves from the investigation and prosecution of law enforcement misconduct if they accept financial contributions from law enforcement unions.

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DA Boudin Announces Pilot Program to Expand Timeline to Collect and Test Sexual Assault Survivors’ Toxicology Samples

Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that the San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will begin a pilot program to expand testing of all toxicology samples from sexual assault survivors from two days to five days, allowing for samples from survivors to be tested for sedative agents in a much broader time frame following a sexual assault.

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District Attorney Boudin and Three Other District Attorneys Call on the California Victims’ Compensation Board to Provide Victim Compensation to Victims and Witnesses of Police Violence

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was joined by District Attorney of Contra Costa County Diana Becton; District Attorney of San Joaquin County Tori Verber Salazar; and Former District Attorney of San Francisco County George Gascon in signing a letter calling for the California Victims’ Compensation Board to change its regulations to allow for victims of police violence to qualify for victims’ compensation.

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DA Boudin and Law Enforcement Leaders Call on State Bar to Create New Ethics Rule to End the Conflict of Interest Between Prosecutors and Police Unions

Today, in the wake of mass protests following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, a coalition of current and former elected prosecutors representing millions of Californians in diverse counties banded together to call on the California State Bar to cure the conflict of interest created by police unions’ outsized influence in local elections.

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