Charges dropped against San Francisco lawyer accused of assaults

July 29, 2013 6:25:04 PM PDT
The San Francisco District Attorney's office has dropped all charges against San Francisco employment lawyer Michael Hoffman, who was accused in August 2011 of sexually assaulting several women who responded to his ads on Craigslist for rough sex.

Most of the counts had already been dismissed by Judge Bruce Chan in September 2011 after Hoffman's lawyer Stu Hanlon presented a video tape taken secretly by his client and text messages that contradicted accusations by two of the three women, who said they were victimized. All of the other counts were subsequently dismissed.

DA spokesperson Alex Bastian issues a statement saying, "New video evidence came to light at the preliminary hearing. The video evidence did not corroborate the allegations made by the victims in this case. Based on the totality of the evidence, our office re-evaluated the case after the preliminary hearing. Our burden is to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt. Based on the totality of the evidence. We were unable to sustain our burden and dismissed the case."


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