How is disgraced former SF Supe "Tapioca" Ed Jew's fight to avoid his jail term for lying and saying he lived in SF coming along? Not so well, if San Francisco's District Attorney has anything to say about it.
We told you last month that Jew has returned home (to Burlingame, of course) after serving his five year federal sentence for fraud and extortion. But this is just an intermission, as he still has a one-year state sentence left to serve for lying about living in SF.
As we noted then, Jew's attorney, Stuart Hanlon, had been giving interviews saying that Jew shouldn't have to serve that sentence, in part because after a brief stop at a Sixth Street halfway house last August, "media attention" (in the form of an ABC 7 broadcast) meant Jew was forced to serve time at L.A.'s Metropolitan Detention Center for the final six months of his fraud sentence.
As that jail was, Hanlon says, "a maximum security lockup jail," Hanlon told reporters that since "Jew was not allowed to serve time in the halfway house, he should get credit for time served for his County Jail sentence."
However, Hanlon has apparently changed his story a bit since those interviews: In papers filed last week in SF Superior Court, Hanlon dropped the "media attention" excuse for why Jew had to leave the halcyon environs of Sixth Street. Instead, Hanlon says, the halfway house stop was just a mixup, as the Feds realized that with another sentence to serve, Jew was supposed to remain in jail. In other words, Jew shouldn't have gone to the halfway house in the first place, and when authorities realized their mistake, they rectified it.
In Hanlon and Jew's combined thought process, for some reason, this rule against halfway houses for convicts with another sentence to serve still means that "the extra punishment for his state conviction...has already occurred," reports the Chron.
Jew, who Hanlon said was not just teaching yoga but was also "building wheelchairs for poor children" while in jail, also contracted both valley fever and tuberculosis while in the pen, leaving Jew in poor health that could get poorer if subjected to this additional prison term.
Jew is expected to fight his second sentence in court March 21, but he shouldn't expect an easy ride from the District Attorney's office: as their spokesperson told Matier and Ross, "These are separate cases, separate crimes, separate jurisdictions and separate sentences."