Thursday, February 09, 2006

Former SF Prosecutor Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

Fox Reno

A former San Francisco County prosecutor pleaded guilty in federal court here Wednesday to accepting drugs in exchange for going easy on defendants accused of possessing controlled substances.

Robert Roland, 34, was indicted last year of aiding a drug defendant get sentenced in 2003 to treatment instead of prison while he was a lawyer in the San Francisco County District Attorney's office.

Roland also admitted that in 2002 he appeared as a prosecutor in court in a felony drug case brought against Eric Earl Shaw. The childhood friend of Roland had his felony reduced to a misdemeanor in exchange for hundreds of pills of ecstasy, prosecutors said.

Roland faces a maximum 20-year term when sentenced in June. Shaw, 34, also pleaded guilty to ecstasy distribution on Wednesday, federal prosecutors said, and faces a similar sentence.


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