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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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