San Francisco Bicyclist Charged With Misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter

Posted by: on November 23, 2011

A 23-year-old San Francisco bicyclist who allegedly ran a red light and struck and killed a pedestrian entered not guilty pleas today to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

The bicyclist was  riding north on the Embarcadero at about 8:30 a.m. July 15 when he hit Dionette Cherney, 68, who was crossing Mission Street with her husband.  Cherney, who was visiting from Washington, D.C., died of head injuries at a hospital Aug. 11.

The cyclist was charged with only a misdemeanor because investigators concluded he had not collided with Cherney purposely or with gross negligence.

If you or someone you love has been accused of vehicular manslaughter please contact our office at 415-484-1718 or info@chewlawoffices.com for an immediate consultation.

Source:  SF Gate...

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Man Wrongfully Accused In Beating Acquitted After Four Year Legal Saga

Posted by: on July 14, 2011

CHEW LAW OFFICES RECENT VICTORY: CLIENT FOUND NOT GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES

San Francisco A man mistakenly accused of a brutal New Year’s Day beating was exonerated by a jury, ending  his four-year battle for justice, San Francisco Defense Attorney Jonah Chew announced today.

Thomas Connelly, 30, of Sacramento, was found not guilty of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and battery with great bodily injury. If convicted of both felony counts, he faced seven years in state prison.  The jury deliberated less than two hours before reaching its verdict Monday, Chew said.

“This verdict is the result of four years of investigation. For the first time since 2007, Mr. Connelly is free from his nightmare caused by mistaken identity,” Chew said.

Connelly was arrested at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2007 after celebrating New Year’s Eve at an Embarcadero Center restaurant. A fellow reveler had identified Connelly as the man who had “sucker-punched” him in the face several times outside the venue, breaking his nose. The complaining witness, now 38, was seriously injured and required several reconstructive surgeries.

Charges against Connelly were dropped two days later after police could not contact the complaining witness. The case was ...

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San Mateo teen charged as an adult for murder

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San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office charges teen as an adult for the shooting death of a 3-month-old boy.  17-year-old Fabian Zaragoza entered pleas of not guilty on Wednesday for the fatal shooting of Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia and the wounding of his parents.

Zaragoza is also facing a special circumstance charge of lying in wait, two counts of attempted murder and use of a firearm.  Zaragoza and a 16-year-old boy were arrested for allegedly opening fire at Izack and his family as they were leaving a baby shower in East Palo Alto.

Police say the shooting was a case of mistaken identity and intended as apparent retaliation for a beating Zaragoza received during a gang fight in May.

If you or someone you love has been accused of murder, attempted murder, or is a juvenile being charged as an adult, please contact our office at 415-484-1718 or info@chewlawoffices.com for an immediate consultation.

Source: KTVU News ...

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Federal grand jury indicted a Fremont woman for mail fraud, accused of stealing $800,000 from Citigroup clients

Posted by: on June 29, 2011

The FBI arrested a Fremont woman on suspicion of stealing more than $800,000 from more than 20 Citigroup clients, a United States Department of Justice official said.

Tamara Lanz Moon, 43, was arraigned this week after a federal grand jury indicted her on six counts of mail fraud in connection with the case.  Moon, who worked for Citigroup from 1996 to 2008, operated a scheme in which she allegedly falsified account records, forged client signatures, made unauthorized trades in client accounts and created fake letters of authorization to divert client funds, federal prosecutors said.

Authorities have accused Moon of using the money from the scheme to invest in real estate, remodel her home, pay mortgages on properties she owned, pay her credit card bills, and to lower the line of credit for her home equity.

If convicted of each count, she faces a maximum prison sentence of 120 years, authorities said.

If you or someone you love has been accused of a federal offense, such as mail fraud, please contact our office at 415-484-1718 or info@chewlawoffices.com for an immediate consultation.

Source: Inside Bay Area ...

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Mother and daughter found guilty in Alameda Superior Court for the murder of an elderly Dublin woman

Posted by: on June 28, 2011

An Alameda County jury has convicted an Antioch mother and daughter of murder in the 2009 death of a 91-year-old Dublin woman found stuffed into her own trash can.

In a trial that included evidence of a litany of weapons, incriminating computer searches, and even a murder-planning “to-do” list created by the suspects, jurors on Tuesday said they found Rosa Hill, 36, and 57-year-old Mei Li guilty of all counts.

One juror said outside the courtroom Tuesday that the amount of items brought to the Dublin home that day convinced him Rosa Hill was guilty.

“The evidence was all there,” said the juror, who did not want to be named. “You can’t go around it.”

In addition to finding the women guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Selma “Sally” Hill on Jan. 7, 2009, they were also found guilty of the premeditated attempted murder of Eric Hill, Selma Hill’s grandson and Rosa Hill’s estranged husband. Eric Hill was attacked when he went upstairs looking for his grandmother that day.

Mei Li was also charged and found guilty of one count of first-degree residential burglary.

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