Supes to Prod State for $2 Million in Defense Costs for 'San Francisco Eight' Murder Case
|Sergeant John Young|
According to a statement released by Adachi's office this evening, Supervisor David Campos and Supervisor Eric Mar will introduce a resolution tomorrow urging the state to cough up $2 million in reimbursement money. (That's higher than the $1.7 million we reported as of September, based on city records.) Adachi has also asked State Sen. Mark Leno to introduce special legislation to recoup the money.
"This prosecution was initiated by the state. It's only fair that the state bears the cost of the defense," Adachi said in the statement.
The case involved eight former members of the Black Liberation Army, a 1970s radical group, who prosecutors said stormed the Ingleside police station in 1971, shooting and killing Sergeant John Young. But the case against the men collapsed, resulting in dismissed or reduced charges against seven of the eight. (The last defendant, Francisco Torres, still has charges pending in San Francisco Superior Court.)