What Do They Say About Keeping Friends Close…?

Maybe Kamala Harris should have done more to keep Jim Hammer on her staff when she took over the San Francisco district attorney’s office a couple of years ago. Because, as it turns out, he is not the type to go softly into the night.

Back in 2003, when Hammer — who had previously admitted some interest in the DA’s job himself — was the head homicide prosecutor, he openly and loyally supported then-DA Terence Hallinan in his re-election campaign. After Harris won, it came as little surprise when Hammer left the office just a few months into her tenure.

More recently, Hammer has seemed to be making a decent go of it in private practice, having joined up as of counsel with San Francisco’s Gonzalez & Leigh. But he hasn’t completely left the world of prosecution behind – he wrote a scathing editorial for the San Francisco Chronicle today that all but excoriated Harris’ work in oh, tons of ways. The Chronicle also put out an editorial by Harris the same day, where she lays out what she describes as her four-pronged approach to fighting violent crime.

It all makes us wonder, just a little bit, what might have been, had the two of them actually stayed in the same office together.

(Update: Harris’ chief assistant DA has since responded specifically to Hammer’s critique in a letter to the Chronicle’s editor. Scroll down until you see the bit by Russ Giuntini.)

Pam Smith

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One Response to “What Do They Say About Keeping Friends Close…?”

  1. D. BOUTTE Says:

    HARRIS LACKS THE GUTS TO BE A GOOD DA. SHE IS A JOKE

    AS I EXPECTED HARRIS WOULD TRY TO USE STATISTICS TO DISTORT THE TRUTH. HARRIS HAS LET MANY KILLERS GO FREE THIS YEARS ALONE MAKING UP EXCUSES FOR HER FAILURE TO PROSECUTE. IN SEVERAL CASES SHE BLATANTLY IGNORED EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY.IN TERMS OF KILLING BLACK YOUTH SHE IS RIGHT UP THERE WITH THE KKK. DRUGS DEALERS HAVE A FREE PASS TWICE IN SAN FRANCISCO. SEE SFWEEKLY 1-18-06(LET IT BLEED); 3-20-06 (TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF KAMALA HARRIS. HARRIS MUST GO. SHE IS SIMPLY THE WORST DISTRICT ATTORNEY THAT SAN FRANCISCO HAS EVER SEEN. SHE IS NOT TOUGH ON GUNS AT ALL. SEVERAL OF THE CRIMES THAT HAVE BEEN COMMITED AND MANY OF THE MURDER SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED ON GUN CHARGES BY THE POLICE AND GIVEN NO TIME, A GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD. WE NEED A NEW DA ONE WITH GUTS WHO IS NOT AN ALLY TO THE KILLERS BUT SOMEONE THE KILLERS FEAR. IN SUMMARY HARRIS IS A JOKE AND WE OUR NOW THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE ENTIRE STATE WITH RECORD HOMICIDES AND RECORD LOW PROSECUTIONS. HARRIS IS CRIMINALS BEST FRIEND.

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