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San Francisco Ambassador London Breed said Wednesday she stands by her accommodation to ask approachable Gov. Jerry Brown to chargeless her confined brother, while acknowledging she had served as an account attestant at her brother’s balloon afore he was bedevilled in the 2000 afterlife of a woman on the Golden Gate Bridge.
In October, Breed and added ancestors associates beatific belletrist to the governor, allurement him to accede an aboriginal absolution date for her earlier brother, Napoleon Brown, who has served about two decades of a 44-year bastille book for automatic assassination and armed robbery.
Breed has never about discussed her brother’s case in detail back acceptable a San Francisco politician. Her letter, which became accessible Tuesday, arise her role in the case for the aboriginal time and aloft questions about whether she acted appropriately in gluttonous charity for a ancestors member.
Breed’s letter acclimated what appeared to be claimed jotter that featured “Mayor London Breed” in block belletrist at the top. She mentioned her cachet as the city’s ambassador in the anatomy of the letter. In an account Wednesday, she said she accepted the letter to eventually become a allotment of the accessible record.
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“I appetite to be bright that this is not aberrant for me,” Breed said. “I’ve done a lot of assignment involving bent amends reform. I accept in bodies advantageous their debts and actuality accustomed a additional chance.”
Breed said she testified to the best of her bond at the 2005 balloon of her brother, who was initially bedevilled of annihilation in the killing of the 25-year-old woman, Lenties White. Authorities said Brown pushed White from a break car that was beat arctic beyond the Golden Gate Bridge afterwards a robbery. She was addled by an advancing bashed disciplinarian and afterwards died.
Brown, now 46, auspiciously appealed the conviction, arguing his aegis apostle was inadequate, afore argumentation no challenge to accuse including automatic assassination in 2011 in a accord with the San Francisco commune attorney’s office.
On Wednesday, Breed accepted she testified that at about midnight on June 18, 2000, she accustomed at her grandmother’s abode in San Francisco’s Western Addition to acquisition Brown comatose on the couch. Breed was again 25, and was 30 back she took the angle at the trial.
A 2014 cloister filing by U.S. Commune Adjudicator Jon Tigar said, “[Petitioner’s] sister, London Breed, provided an account for defendant. Back she accustomed at her grandmother’s abode about midnight on June 18, 2000, actor was comatose on the couch. She could not bethink if he was still there back she larboard for assignment in the morning.”
Court annal announce that Brown and an abettor committed an armed robbery at a Johnny Rockets restaurant on Chestnut Street in the Marina commune ancient amid midnight and 12:30 that aforementioned night, admitting badge at the time declared the robbery as occurring at 12:40 a.m.
Breed on Wednesday beneath to altercate the night in detail.
“I told the badge and I told the courts what I recalled from that night,” Breed said. “That was my best bond of that evening.”
Breed was a San Francisco administrator from 2013 to aftermost December, back she became acting ambassador aloft the abrupt afterlife of Ed Lee. She was again adopted ambassador in June.
In contempo years, she has said her brother was confined for robbery and added charges, but has not mentioned the assassination confidence or the affiliation to the Golden Gate Bridge case, which generated account back it happened.
Court abstracts in the case additionally appearance that Breed initially told board in 2000 that her brother went by “Sonny Boy” or possibly “S.B.” White had fabricated a dying acknowledgment anecdotic “S.B.” as her killer. But at trial, Breed denied cogent badge that Brown acclimated the “S.B.” nickname, annal show.
Government belief experts said Breed’s letter to the governor, which was anachronous Oct. 23 and aboriginal arise Tuesday night by NBC Bay Area, did not arise to breach any burghal or accompaniment belief laws.
“I don’t accept there is any abuse of any of the authoritative ordinances of the (San Francisco) Belief Commission,” said Quentin Kopp, a above adjudicator and accompaniment agent who serves as the commission’s carnality chair. “She’s advantaged as a animal actuality to apostle a absolution from confinement.
“She shouldn’t use the chat ‘mayor’” on such a letter, Kopp said, “but that doesn’t acceleration to the akin area I would ask the Belief Commission to allot time to.”
Potential conflicts of absorption would articulation on whether an official stood to accept a banking account from an action, or attempted to break access a government decision. Breed’s letter doesn’t arise to do either, said Jim Sutton, a San Francisco acclamation attorney.
“As a accepted matter, the law does not prohibit her from allurement the governor to drive the book because she does not serve to financially account from it, and it’s not a accommodation of burghal government. It’s a accommodation of accompaniment government,” he said.
Breed said she didn’t use any burghal assets to actualize the letter but had announced to Gov. Brown about the barter appeal and “about the process, who to contact, things like that.”
In one branch of her letter, Breed said she could “guarantee” the governor that she and her ancestors could acquisition her brother a job, a home and counseling casework to advice ensure a acknowledged activity alfresco of prison.
“Just to be clear, it’s not to get him a burghal job,” Breed said Wednesday.
Peter Keane, a above armchair of the Belief Commission, said he saw “nothing illegal, abandoned or bent about what she did.”
“This is her brother, for God’s sake,” he said. “He’s been in bastille and she’s aggravating to advice him out. You or I or anyone can ask the government to accord charity to our brother, who is in prison. Had she not accounting a letter allurement for charity for her brother, you’d say there’s article amiss with this person.”
In her letter, Breed asked the governor to “consider leniency” for Brown, who she said is “committed to axis his activity around.” She alleged his 44-year book “unfair,” but added that she fabricated “no excuses” for his behavior.
“His decisions, his actions, led him to the abode he finds himself now. Still, I ask that you accede mercy, and rehabilitation,” she wrote.
A agent for the governor’s appointment said Brown, who leaves appointment Jan. 7, does not animadversion on awaiting applications for commuted bastille sentences.
Napoleon Brown has argued that he was absorbed to drugs at the time of the robbery and White’s death. Two years ago, he was begin in control of heroin at Solano Accompaniment Bastille in Vacaville, authorities said. Breed did not acknowledgment the new allegation in her letter.
Rico Hamilton, White’s aboriginal cousin, said Wednesday that the anticipation of Brown’s aboriginal absolution has brought up a able-bodied of affections for his family, decidedly for Sandra McNeil, the victim’s mother.
The two families accept been intertwined back White’s afterlife and Brown’s conviction, Hamilton said. Breed helped him acquisition assignment and a abode to alive afterwards he himself got out of prison. Hamilton said he was “1,000 percent sure” that Breed had contacted McNeil afterward the incident.
Hamilton said he alone accurate Brown’s aboriginal release, provided he had an befalling to appearance attrition to McNeil and the family.
“How do we alpha the healing?” he said. “This would be a absolute time for families to get calm and absolutely alpha alive on that healing.”
San Francisco Chronicle agents writers Megan Cassidy and Evan Sernoffsky contributed to this story.
Dominic Fracassa is a San Francisco Chronicle agents writer. Email: Media Twitter: @dominicfracassa