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San Francisco Deputy DA Accepted Drugs for Legal Favors


— June 10, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A San Francisco deputy district attorney was charged Friday with accepting drugs in exchange for going easy on a defendant accused of selling controlled substances.

Robert Roland, 34, was accused of helping a drug defendant get sentenced to treatment instead of prison in 2003, while working as a prosecutor in the San Francisco County District Attorney’s office.

Roland, who was hired in July 2000, was arrested Friday in San Francisco and was released on a $200,000 bond. He appeared briefly in federal court, where the indictment was unsealed.

The indictment accuses him of assisting a man named Robert Nyberg, who was a friend of one of Roland’s high school friends, Eric Shaw.

“Roland met Nyberg at various locations so that Nyberg could provide Roland with controlled substances, including methamphetamine and MDMA (ecstasy), in return for Roland’s official acts in connection with the felony drug charges pending against Nyberg in Superior Court,” according to the indictment.

Details here from the AP via CBS5.com.

UPDATE: S.F. prosecutor indicted in corruption case (from the Chronicle)


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A San Francisco deputy district attorney was charged Friday with accepting drugs in exchange for going easy on a defendant accused of selling controlled substances.

Robert Roland, 34, was accused of helping a drug defendant get sentenced to treatment instead of prison in 2003, while working as a prosecutor in the San Francisco County District Attorney’s office.

Roland, who was hired in July 2000, was arrested Friday in San Francisco and was released on a $200,000 bond. He appeared briefly in federal court, where the indictment was unsealed.

The indictment accuses him of assisting a man named Robert Nyberg, who was a friend of one of Roland’s high school friends, Eric Shaw.

“Roland met Nyberg at various locations so that Nyberg could provide Roland with controlled substances, including methamphetamine and MDMA (ecstasy), in return for Roland’s official acts in connection with the felony drug charges pending against Nyberg in Superior Court,” according to the indictment.

Details here from the AP via CBS5.com.

UPDATE: S.F. prosecutor indicted in corruption case (from the Chronicle)

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