S.F. supervisor facing corruption charges

Nov. 7, 2007 at 3:48 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew's legal woes increased this week when he was charged with five new felony corruption counts by a federal grand jury.

The suspended official was already facing local civil and criminal charges for allegedly proving false information, but will now be facing one felony count of extortion and two felony counts each of bribery and mail fraud, the San Francisco Chronicle said Wednesday.

Jew allegedly accepted bribes from the Quickly chain of drink shops after informing chain operators they had a city permit ordinance violation, officials charge.

"Jew would and did tout his own official power as a San Francisco supervisor to persuade business owners to enter into a paying arrangement with him and/or his recommended 'consultant,'" the grand jury said Tuesday while adding the new charges.

Meanwhile Jew's lawyer, Steven Gruel, said he was looking forward to his client telling his side of the story when the case goes before a jury.

"An indictment is not evidence of anything. It's nothing more than one side of the story, the side that the government has presented to the grand jury," Gruel told the Chronicle.

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