Appeals court orders new trial for Brocade stock options figure, cites government misconduct

Appeals court orders new trial in Brocade case

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has tossed out the criminal conviction of the first Silicon Valley executive to go to trial in a stock options scandal that triggered investigations at hundreds of companies and charges against at least a dozen executives.

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California ordered to release 40,000 prisoners

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court Tuesday ordered California to release some 40,000 inmates from its state prisons over the next two years, in a finding that ongoing prison crowding violates constitutional standards for prisoner health care.

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State courts, including Supreme Court, to shutter 1 day a month to close budget gap

State courts ordered closed 1 day per month

SAN FRANCISCO — State officials have ordered California state courts to close one day each month to save money.

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Judge says Tesla founder’s libel lawsuit against electric car maker can proceed

Judge allows Tesla founder’s lawsuit to proceed

SAN FRANCISCO — A judge is refusing to toss out a lawsuit by a founder of Tesla Motors that accuses the electric car maker and its chief executive of libel, slander and several other allegations.

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Former UCLA basketball player sues NCAA over use of image in products

Former UCLA basketball player sues NCAA

SAN FRANCISCO — A former UCLA basketball player is suing the NCAA over its use of former student athletes’ images in DVDs, video games, photographs, apparel and other material.

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Arrest of San Francisco porn mogul’s son brings another tragedy to Mitchell Brothers empire

Son’s arrest latest chapter in porn family saga

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — The days before he was arrested for beating his ex-girlfriend to death and kidnapping their daughter brought a string of bad news to James “Rafe” Mitchell, the son of late San Francisco pornography mogul Jim Mitchell.

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California’s highest court says juries can consider accuracy of breath tests in DUI cases

Calif court: breath test accuracy can vary

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has acknowledged that Breathalyzer results mean different things for different drivers.

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San Francisco hacker pleads guilty in Pa. federal court in stolen credit card number scam

SF man pleads guilty in Pa. to credit card scam

PITTSBURGH — A San Francisco man who allegedly had 1.8 million stolen bank and credit card numbers on computers at his California apartment has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for his role in an online clearinghouse where identity thieves could share stolen information.

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Man accused of fatally shooting 3 in San Francisco drive-by to stand trial for murder

Man to stand trial for killing 3 in SFC traffic

SAN FRANCISCO — An illegal immigrant accused of fatally shooting a father and his two sons in San Francisco traffic last year will stand trial for murder, a judge ruled Monday.

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Lawyer for ex-Bay Area transit cop accused of killing unarmed man to seek change of venue

Ex-transit cop accused in killing seeks new venue

SAN FRANCISCO — The lawyer for a former Bay Area transit police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man on a train platform says he intends to file a change of venue for his client’s murder trial.

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