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2011-12: Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning his wife during an incident in which he caused her a physical injury.

“SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi Pleads Guilty to False Imprisonment,” CBS San Francisco, March 12, 2012

He was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to attend an anti-domestic-violence program.

Paul Elias, “Ross Mirkarimi Sentenced: San Francisco Sheriff Gets Three Years Probation,”, March 19, 2012

2007–9: Supervisor Ed Jew, who in late 2008 pleaded guilty to extortion and perjury. He was sentenced to 64 months in state prison for extortion and a year in county jail for perjury.

“Former S.F. Supervisor Sentenced to Prison,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 3, 2009

John Coté, “Former S.F. Supe Gets Extra Years Behind Bars,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 22, 2009

1971: Mayor Joseph L. Alioto was indicted in Seattle. Washington, in 1971 on charges of conspiracy to bribe a public official, but the alleged offense took place before he became mayor.  He was acquitted.

Daryl Lembke, “Alioto Indicted,” Los Angeles Times, March 24, 1971, page 1

“U.S. Judge Orders Acquittal for Alioto, 2 Others,” Los Angeles Times, June 20, 1972, page A-1

1907: Eugene Schmitz, mayor, whose conviction of extortion in 1907 was nullified. He was also charged with bribery but was acquitted.

Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco

 1921: Supervisor William S. Scott, whose indictment on a charge of being a member of a trust conspiring against trade, was called a “terrible mistake” by the judge who dismissed it on motion of the district attorney.

“Injustice Done to W.S. Scott, Court Asserts,” San Francisco Chronicle, page 9

1902–03: County Clerk Albert B. Mahony, accused of swearing to a fraudulent salary demand for his friend and milkman, the indictment later ruled invalid by a judge.

“Indicts Mahony for a Felony,” San Francisco Chronicle, December 24, 1903, page 14

 “Cook Sustains the Mahony Demurrer,” San Francisco Chronicle, February 28, 1904, page 14

1898: City Treasurer Augustus C. Widber, accused of stealing more than $115,000 worth of coins from the bags of money in the treasurer’s safe. After a trial jury found him guilty, he was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in state prison.

“The Thieving Treasurer Is Speedily Indicted,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 22, 1898, page 9

“Prison Cell for Widber,” San Francisco Chronicle, November 6, 1898, page 32


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