The government’s sentencing memo for disgraced former San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew just came over the transom, and by far our favorite part involves Jew’s defense lawyer Stuart Hanlon.
According to the memo, Jew accepted $20,000 in bribe money from a store owner and stashed half of it in the freezer. The feds recovered that money — which was premarked — when they raided Jew’s home.
That left $10,000 still out there. But apparently, during the course of this prosecution, “Hanlon returned an additional $5,000 in pre-marked bills that the FBI agents had not found during their execution of the search warrants,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracie Brown wrote.
Moreover: “Mr. Hanlon recently informed the government that he received the remaining $5,000 from the defendant and intends to repay the FBI before sentencing; it is not known whether that sum represents the actual pre-marked FBI bills the defendant received in May 2007.”
Reached by Legal Pad, Hanlon reiterated that all funds will be returned, with none being kept by his client. “We will give comments on the whole situation at the time of sentencing, not piecemeal,” Hanlon said. The government is asking Judge Susan Illston to hand down a 57-month sentence, slightly lower than what the probation office recommended.
— Dan Levine