Will Julius Turman's Domestic Violence Case Hurt His Chances of Becoming S.F. Police Commissioner?

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It's fair to assume every politician has skeletons in the closet -- Eliot Spitzer and his prostitute, Arnold Schwarzenegger and his lovechild.

And then there is Julius Turman, a local lawyer, ambitious community activist, and a fixture in the Castro's gay community.

While Turman isn't an elected official, he currently sits on the city's Human Rights Commission, and has shown the signs of a budding politician. He's also the man who was the center of a SF Weekly article in 2007 after his former boyfriend accused Turman of beating him. Although criminal charges were eventually dropped, a story like that will continue to haunt an aspiring go-getter like Turman.

Fast forward to the present. Turman is applying for the open Police Commissioner seat which was vacated by Jim Hammer in April -- and that has some community members and city supervisors feeling uneasy.

"I do have some concerns," Supervisor Jane Kim told SF Weekly. "Obviously, with the Police Commission, we are looking at an oversight body over police officers and if there is some question about his past and his experience, then it might weaken his oversight capacity."

Turman's former boyfriend, Philip Horne, accused Turman of beating him up the night of Jan. 2, 2006, giving him a bloody nose, scratches, and a loosened tooth. Initially, Horne declined to press charges, but then changed his mind almost two weeks later. A 911 call had Horne screaming for help, however, Turman has always claimed that he did nothing wrong -- and the fight was simply because he was defending himself. Prosecutors dropped the felony domestic violence charges, yet the case was settled in a civil court. Horne claimed that District Attorney Kamala Harris didn't prosecute Turman because of his political connections.

Turman recently applied for the Ethics Commission, but then abruptly withdrew his application, which City Hall insiders speculate was because he feared his past would resurface.

"To now consider an applicant who actually faced criminal charges, although later dropped, but who paid an undisclosed amount in a civil settlement, for domestic violence would seem to scrape the bottom of the list for an applicant," says Larry Bush, a local blogger and longtime City Hall watchdog.

Kim, who sits on the Rules Committee which will interview all the candidates, said she certainly has some questions for Turman. That's not to say that she is ready to disqualify him. In fact, Kim told us that she believes it's entirely possible Turman was innocent. Turman did not return SF Weekly's phone call.  

"It's one of those cases where it's a hard call for supervisors," Kim says. "But there are definitely questions from community advocates coming forward about this potential domestic violence issue."

SF Weekly contacted Hammer, who, while he was on the commission, incidentally lobbied San Francisco to create a domestic violence registry. However, Hammer wouldn't speak a bad word about Turman, or the case. 

"Julius is a friend, and someone I like and admire," Hammer told us. "As a former prosecutor, I am fair enough to not convict someone based on news accounts."

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WelcometotheFamily
WelcometotheFamily

According to the SF Weekly archives, you had Presiding Judge McBrien, a wife beater, in charge of the SF Superior Court. You just did a story about Judge Lillian Sing giving custody of an infant to a father who just finished up a jail sentance for beating up his family, and then she made mom have routine contact with the girlfriend who also brutally assaulted her while 5 months pregnant.

Not to mention the fact that you have family court Commissioner Slabach, who is on tour with the AFCC promoting pro-incest [junk science] Parental Alienation Syndrome, the pedophile's legal defense of choice.  Commissioner Slabach also sits at the helm of the Family Violence Committee where she has the opportunity to steer entire families into her motherless promotion AFCC pet program scams run by her father's rights friends (which let violent criminals and pedophiles off the hook under the false bravado of "shared parenting.")  

Therefore, if Thurman is a perveyuer of domestic violence, my guess is that it will help his chances of getting elected and fitting in with the establishment.

exsfer
exsfer

Did Hammer ever date this guy???

MPetrelis
MPetrelis

i was key to pushing the story out there about turman's altercation with phil horne back in 2007, and blogged about the need for turman to address some troubling issues regarding the domestic partner violence he was accused of:http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/... when the sf weekly interviewed for their piece, http://www.sfweekly.com/2007-1... ,i told your reporter that turman would be wise, considering his high gay political profile, to fully tell his side of the story, and he didn't.

he and his pals attacked the accuser in the case, and lots of questions went unanswered by turman. good to see the sf weekly remind folks about all of this now, as turman tries to move up the municipal political ladder.

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