by Tamara Barak Aparton
On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Supervisor Eric Mar and Supervisor David Campos introduced a resolution at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ meeting, urging state officials to pursue reimbursement in the case, known as the San Francisco 8, or SF 8.
Adachi has also asked state Sen. Mark Leno to introduce special legislation asking for the state’s assistance in recouping the $2 million.
In 2007, the California Attorney General filed charges against eight former Black Liberation Army members – Herman Bell, Ray Boudreaux, Henry Jones, Jalil Muntaquim (also known as Anthony Bottom), Richard O’Neal, Harold Taylor and Francisco Torres – in connection with the officer’s killing. The charges had been previously dismissed against several of the men in 1975.
The city’s right to reimbursement is based on the fact that the California Attorney General took on the 36-year-old case after the San Francisco District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute. The extraordinarily complex case involved 100,000 pages of documents and necessitated an extensive, multi-state investigation.
“This prosecution was initiated by the state. It’s only fair that the state bears the cost of the defense,” Adachi said.
Tamara Barak Aparton is communications and policy assistant to the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and can be reached at (415) 575-4390 or Tamara.Aparton@sfgov.org.