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San Francisco Superior Court Judge Kay Tsenin said Wednesday she would release a transcript of the grand jury proceedings that led to the indictment of 10 San Francisco police officers, including Chief Earl Sanders and Assistant Chief Alex Fagan Sr., against whom charges have been dropped. “My inclination is to release almost all of it,” she told lawyers representing the officers and media outlets. “But some lines will be extracted or deleted.” Three officers, including Alex Fagan Jr., the assistant chief’s son, face felony assault and battery charges for an off-duty fight. In addition, five senior officers are accused of a conspiracy to obstruct an internal police probe into the matter. Judge Tsenin characterized the redactions to the transcript as “statements that would not be allowed as evidence made by people not charged in this matter.” She also said the deleted portions contained speculation that could be used “by the press” to further inflame the situation. Attorneys representing a coalition of media outlets and lawyers for the San Francisco Chronicle argued that the deleted material could prove crucial in this case. The only lawyers opposing the release of the transcripts were the three who represent the officers accused of felony assault. Tsenin told the lawyers the redacted portions don’t contain information relating to the heart of the case. She indicated the transcripts would be made available today.

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