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San Francisco prosecutor Floyd Andrews was found not guilty of assault Thursday by a Marin County jury for stabbing a man he found urinating on his San Rafael home’s fence. The verdict concluded a harrowing year for Andrews, during which he was put on unpaid leave from his job in the San Francisco district attorney’s office, forced to sell his home to pay his legal bills and faced prison time if found guilty of the four charges against him. The jury found Andrews not guilty of making a criminal threat and inflicting corporal punishment on his then-15-year-old daughter. But the jury of seven women and five men found the 19-year prosecutor guilty of misdemeanor battery on his daughter. Compared to the charges he faced, it was a minor conviction for which Andrews may only find himself in psychotherapy. Mark MacNamara, spokesman for San Francisco DA Terence Hallinan, said a decision has not been made about whether Andrews will return to the office. Defense attorney Kenneth Quigley said jurors agreed that Andrews acted in self-defense when he slashed the stomach of Martin Stanley on Nov. 9, 2001. Had he been convicted, Andrews faced a 10-year state prison term. It was a major defeat for the Marin County district attorney’s office, which folded two earlier incidents into the assault charge over the objections of defense attorney Kenneth Quigley. Quigley, a San Francisco solo, said Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Mitchell sought to “dirty” Andrews with the other incidents for which he had not been formally charged. Chief Deputy District Attorney Edward Berberian defended his office’s prosecution of Andrews and denied that the verdicts were a slap in the face by jurors. “We don’t view it that way,” Berberian said. “We believe it was an appropriate case to bring before a jury. It was a case that had to be tried.” Quigley called the prosecution “a trophy hunt” and said the Marin DA’s office was “trying to nail a San Francisco prosecutor.” Andrews was walking his dog when he saw Stanley and a friend urinating on the fence of his San Rafael home. He confronted them, and fists began to fly. Stanley testified that Andrews hit him first, and he responded by punching the prosecutor into submission. Andrews testified that Stanley, 37, held him down with one knee on his shoulder while he pummeled his face. Andrews suffered a broken orbital bone, a smashed nose and a concussion. A key witness was a massage therapist who said she watched out the window of a nearby office as Stanley threw punch after punch at Andrews’ face. A prosecution witness testified that he had separated the two men, but that Andrews continued to pursue Stanley. A bloodied Andrews then pulled out a 3-inch buck knife and slashed his attacker’s stomach, opening a foot-long wound from which Stanley’s intestines began to fall. Andrews was also charged with making a criminal threat against a man on Sept. 16, 2000, whom he found sleeping in a truck outside his home. He told him to move on, but Chad Sheldon testified that Andrews threatened to throw a lighted flare down his gas tank. He denied the allegation. The most emotional of all the charges was the one involving his daughter. He was accused of hitting her in the eye Oct. 18, 2000, after a family argument. Rather than prosecute Andrews, the court ordered Andrews to seek therapy, which he was undergoing at the time he confronted Stanley. Coincidentally, just prior to the stabbing incident, Stanley — a hardwood floor installer — had completed anger-management counseling. Andrews testified that his daughter put her hands up to his face, which he brushed away with his own. He didn’t believe he struck her. She went to school the next day with a black eye. Andrews told jurors that a year later his daughter admitted to him that she hit herself in the eye with a flashlight to make the wound look worse. On Thursday, Quigley asked Marin County Superior Court Judge Terrence Boren to defer entering the guilty charge of misdemeanor battery until he could argue that his client be allowed to return to therapy. If the judge declines, Andrews could be sentenced to six months in the county jail. “He shouldn’t have slapped her hands,” the attorney said.

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