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After last year’s notorious holiday party, where a well-lubricated judge embarrassed himself, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Brown vowed to end his office’s seasonal merriment. But like an appellate court’s finding of some reversible error, Brown has done an about-face and approved the bash once again. “I relented by popular demand,” Brown said last week in announcing his reversal on the party ban. Last year, Superior Court Judge James Warren admittedly made a spectacle of himself on the dance floor. Two years ago, a much more serious incident took the glow off the party. A conflict over an affair between a bailiff and a defense attorney resulted in the bailiff taking his own life after the party. Three years ago, the event was held in a club thought to be frequented by Asian gang members. Although Brown vowed never to allow another party under the auspices of his office, he said he expects revelers to be better behaved. “What happened in 1998 will not happen again,” he insisted. “We’re not going to have any repeats.”

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