August 23, 2014
A federal judge has refused to reduce San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew's $1 million bail.
Jew remains free after pledging a San Francisco building he owns as bail in the federal fraud case against him.
The U.S. attorney charged him with allegedly extorting $80,000 from several owners of fast food restaurants having permit problems with the city government.
Jew's lawyer asked today to have his bail reduced, but the judge said no.
The rookie supervisor already was facing felony charges of perjury and election code violations for allegedly lying about where he lived so he could run for office in San Francisco.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
His attorney didn't return a telephone call.