Innocence Lost
San Francisco Magazine
November 2004

The strangest thing happened to John Stoll this past spring. After 20 years in jail for an infamous crime he did not commit, a judge said it had all been a mistake, and he was set free. "You win some, you lose some," the prosecutor shrugged, refusing to offer any admission of error or hint of an apology for all that her office had put Stoll through. None of his family was in the courtroom; they were all dead or far away and not terribly interested in what happened to him anymore. 

 

The National Magazine Award Finalist. 

The Brobeck Mutiny 
San Francisco Magazine
July 2003
 

When venerable San Francisco law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison suddenly collapsed last winter, many blamed boom-era excess and the grandiose ambitions of tech-focused ex-chairman Tower Snow. But the real story is how an epic internal feud created an atmosphere of greed, cynicism, and vindictiveness more destructive than any recession.

 

Bronze Award for National Reporting

The City and Regional Magazine Association.

Award-Winning & Noteworthy Stories

The Marrying Kind
San Francisco Magazine
June 2008
 
The other man—and the untold story—behind San Francisco’s audacious fight to legalize gay marriage.  On March 4, 2008, aka Gay Marriage Day at the California Supreme Court, the press conferences in city hall started at 7:30 a.m., even before the main doors were unlocked. Still, the place was mobbed with familiar faces, though the one I was searching for was notably missing. I’d expected Gavin Newsom—“the Marrying Man,” as the Advocate dubbed him in an adoring profile around this time—to be everywhere that historic morning.

 

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