Former San Francisco supervisor loses bid to stay out of jail

SAN FRANCISCO

Ed Jew wanted the judge to strike the punishment since he just finished serving a 4.5 year sentence in federal prison.

But that was for trying to extort $80,000 from the owners of a restaurant that wanted to open up in the Sunset District. The entire ordeal was caught on camera.

In court, Jew said he was glad he was caught committing the crimes.

"He had become a crook," said his attorney Stuart Hanlon. "He had become a liar to his people. He didn't like what he had become and so he was stopped before he got more involved in politics."

Jew will begin serving his one-year punishment next month.

But he may be able to avoid jail if the judge allows an alternative sentence that involves community work.

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