Political bribery case at a standstill over release of evidence
By Michael Barba : sfexaminer – excerpt
A San Francisco Superior Court judge said Wednesday he will interview an FBI agent who investigated federal corruption in The City while deciding whether to seal the evidence that led to bribery charges against a trio of political players.
Former school board President Keith Jackson, former Human Rights Commissioner Nazly Mohajer and ex-commission staffer Zula Jones were charged with bribery and money laundering in January for allegedly accepting $20,000 in bribes in exchange for political favors.
The evidence used to charge them was obtained — and placed under a federal protective order — during the racketeering investigation into Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a Chinatown gangster who was arrested in 2014 alongside former Sen. Leland Yee, Jackson and others.
The prosecution has made continuous efforts to keep that evidence under seal in the state case against Jackson, Mohajer and Jones, despite pleas by their defense attorneys to gain access to the evidence.
“She’s charged with bribery,” Attorney John Keker said in court Wednesday of his client, Jones. “We don’t know who she’s supposed to have bribed.”… (more)