A Santa Clara County judge who provoked national outrage after giving what was perceived as a slap on the wrist to an ex-Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman will be reassigned from the criminal to the civil division, the court announced Thursday. Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Brock Turner in June to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a 23-year-old drunken woman after a fraternity party, asked for the change, according to Risë Jones Pichon, the presiding judge of Santa Clara Superior Court. Judge Persky believes the change will aid the public and the court by reducing the distractions that threaten to interfere with his ability to effectively discharge the duties of his current criminal assignment. Turner, a talented swimmer from Dayton, Ohio, was arrested after two graduate students came across him lying on top of a partially clothed, unconscious woman in a field near a trash bin.
Posted: August 26, 2016, 5:01 am
Warren Hinckle, a happily hard-drinking swashbuckler of San Francisco journalism who mixed leftist leanings with an everlasting contempt for the powerful, died Thursday.
Mr. Hinckle had been in declining health and died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home in San Francisco, said his daughter Pia Hinckle.
From his groundbreaking days of editing the iconic liberal magazines Ramparts and Scanlan’s Monthly in the 1960s and ’70s to his reliably irreverent columns for newspapers, including The Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner, Mr. Hinckle delighted in tweaking anyone in charge of anything and muckraking for what he fiercely saw as the common good.
With his ever-present basset hound, Bentley, in tow, Mr. Hinckle held forth at watering holes and strip clubs, tossing off one-liners in a low growl like a late-night comic.
Along the way, the one-eyed rapscallion — he’d lost his left eye in a childhood car accident and wore a patch — drew the wrath of mayors, police and anyone who got in his way, and he reveled in it.
The resultant rollicking article, “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,” not only launched the over-the-top, personalized journalism that came to be known as gonzo, it began a lifelong friendship between Mr. Hinckle and Thompson.
“It was kind of like the portrait of Dorian Gray,” said longtime friend Ron Turner, founder of the book’s publisher, Last Gasp Books.
While executive editor of Ramparts from 1964 to 1969, Mr. Hinckle pioneered “radical slick” — publishing early denunciations of the Vietnam War and diaries by such leftist figures as Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara and Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver in a mass-marketed magazine.
Under Mr. Hinckle’s direction, Ramparts garnered a huge national following and won the prestigious George Polk Award in 1966 for exposing CIA recruitment practices on college campuses.
The magazine began in 1962 in Menlo Park as a stodgy, intellectual Catholic publication, but when Mr. Hinckle signed on he moved the headquarters to San Francisco and tacked its direction hard left.
Mr. Hinckle then embarked on a career as a newspaper columnist for The Chronicle, Examiner and San Francisco Independent, earning a reputation for filing notes from a barstool or ambling into the newsroom just before — or after — deadline to bang out his prose.
Chronicle reporter Steve Rubenstein, who worked alongside him as a columnist in the 1980s, recalled Mr. Hinckle dictating his copy “an hour from deadline from any of a number of watering holes in San Francisco, where his beverage of choice was not the same as Bentley’s.”
The scruffy Dovre Club Irish saloon in the Mission District was one of Mr. Hinckle’s favorites, and when it was forced to move a few blocks away in 1997 to make room for a building housing service agencies for women, he was so angry he tried to barricade the doors with his pals on its last day.
Incensed by police raids on the Mitchell Brothers strip club — where he often convened with Thompson to rail against restrictions of sexual expression — he once helped post the mayor’s unlisted phone number on the marquee with, “For a good time, call Dianne.”
In print, Mr. Hinckle at times pushed — or exceeded — the bounds of what some big-city journalists considered fair play.
“Warren was always the smartest guy in the room, and at college he was smarter than the teachers,” said Chronicle reporter Carl Nolte, who was then working in media relations for the university and later worked alongside Mr. Hinckle.
After graduating, he joined The Chronicle as a reporter covering mostly crime news, but soon moved on to his magazine work at Ramparts.
In 1974 he wrote an autobiography, “If You Have a Lemon, Make Lemonade,” and it served as a sort of manifesto for the puncher’s attitude he carried throughout his life.
Mr. Hinckle is survived by his longtime partner, Linda Corso; daughters Pia Hinckle of San Francisco and Hilary Hinckle of New York; a son, Warren J. Hinckle IV of Boston; a sister, Marianne Hinckle of San Francisco; a brother, Robert Hinckle of Reno; and five grandchildren.
Posted: August 26, 2016, 4:02 am
[...] whenever it happens, a new state law will keep the alcohol flowing.
Legislation by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, fills a gap in the law that could have left the theater without a liquor license.
[...] differences between the new solo owner, Carole Shorenstein Hays, and the former owner, SHN, which she helped to found, have left the Curran without the license it used to sell beer, wine and spirits at its bar.
Judson True, Chiu’s chief of staff, described the measure as “a narrow, technical fix” to a 2013 law that set standards for liquor licenses at the city’s historic theaters.
Posted: August 26, 2016, 1:22 am
Judith Liteky, who spent decades organizing support for Central American war refugees and protests against a U.S. training center for Latin American military leaders, died Saturday of multiple myeloma at her home in San Francisco.
Ms. Liteky left an order of Catholic nuns in 1973 to become a college teacher in San Francisco, where she developed a program for young Latina women and later became involved in the sanctuary movement for refugees.
In 1984, she married Charles Liteky, who as an Army chaplain in Vietnam had won the Medal of Honor for carrying more than 20 wounded soldiers through gunfire to safety in 1967.
The government-run School of the Americas, at Fort Benning, Ga., trains Central and South American military leaders in combat and counterinsurgency techniques.
Another attendee was the late Roberto d’Aubuisson, a rightist Salvador politician accused by his opponents of promoting death squads in his nation’s civil war.
Ms. Liteky was a plaintiff in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to require the U.S. government to release the names of the Latin American military personnel who have attended the school.
President Bill Clinton’s administration had begun making the information public, starting in 1994, and the list contained more than 60,000 names dating to the school’s founding in 1946, but the disclosures were halted in 2004 under President George W. Bush’s administration, an action the Obama administration has continued.
Ms. Liteky and other plaintiffs said they had evidence that the school admitted military personnel who had previously been accused of human rights violations.
Posted: August 26, 2016, 12:16 am