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San Francisco prosecutor Robert Roland had a taste for party drugs and a knack for helping people out of scrapes with the law, according to his alleged associates in a federal drug case. One of Roland’s friends, Eric Shaw, told people he had an old pal who could grease the wheels at the Hall of Justice, according to Stephanie Sitkewich, indicted alongside Roland last week. “Roland told Shaw he would ‘juggle’ his cases or ‘swap’ days with another Assistant District Attorney (ADA) in order to have Shaw’s case ‘land on his desk,’” according to an FBI summary of a November interview with Sitkewich. Now, Sitkewich, Shaw and Roland all face federal charges. A federal grand jury indicted Roland Thursday for allegedly accepting Ecstasy and methamphetamine in exchange for helping a man named Ryan Nyberg get a light disposition on a felony drug case in superior court. Shaw, a high school friend of Roland, introduced Nyberg to the assistant district attorney, according to court documents. Roland’s attorney, Joseph Morehead, is skeptical of the claims. “It sounds like everybody has a story, and quite honestly, until I see the evidence I’m not going to comment on it,” he said. “One always looks to motivation,” the San Francisco solo added. Sitkewich and Shaw were first indicted in September in an alleged conspiracy to import and distribute Ecstasy. Sitkewich’s and Nyberg’s claims about Roland’s behavior are detailed in court documents served by Shaw’s attorney, Oakland, Calif., solo Daniel Horowitz. Shaw gave Roland free drugs because he thought that Roland’s help was worth the “investment,” Sitkewich told the FBI after she was picked up on a federal drug warrant. She speculated that Roland eventually began to distance himself from Shaw because he and Nyberg were “talking” too much about him “fixing” cases. According to Sitkewich, Roland and Shaw had been close buddies — she said Roland had an audiotape of Shaw getting busted for soliciting a prostitute that he played for laughs at a party. Sitkewich told federal authorities that she thought Roland helped Shaw with “approximately four criminal cases” of his own. She said she wasn’t sure exactly what Roland did for Shaw, though — just that Shaw always seemed to get out of jail quickly. Shaw asked Nyberg for 1,000 pills of Ecstasy to raise the cash to pay Roland for “fixing” Nyberg’s case, Sitkewich told authorities. But she added that Shaw may have planned on keeping the money for himself. Sitkewich also said that another woman paid Shaw about $3,250 to have Roland “fix” her case; but, according to Sitkewich, Roland let Shaw keep the money. Sitkewich also claimed to have gone to Roland’s apartment with Shaw, saying that the two men had both taken drugs, then talked about what Shaw should say in court. Nyberg told authorities that after his bail was denied, Shaw talked to Roland on his behalf. The next day, Roland handled Nyberg’s case in court and he was released on his own recognizance, he told authorities. Although another prosecutor was in court for the actual sentencing, Nyberg said the new ADA was following Roland’s notes. At one point, Nyberg said, he and Shaw drove to Roland’s house. Nyberg said he gave Shaw an “eightball” of crystal meth before they arrived, which Shaw in turn gave to Roland. Nyberg also described meeting with Roland on his own and giving him drugs directly. The charges against Roland are part of a larger drug conspiracy case that is scheduled to go to trial later this month. That case was filed Sept. 23 and accused Sitkewich, Nyberg, Shaw and two others of conspiracy to import Ecstasy. The Northern District of California U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment Monday. Sitkewich’s attorney, Mary Gilg of Emeryville, Calif., could not be reached for comment. Government prosecutors have asked U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer to delay this month’s trial. But Horowitz said he is opposing a continuance in the case. In a motion Horowitz is scheduled to file today, he argues that the government has known about the allegations against Roland for more than a year and that his client should not suffer because of prosecutors’ delay in bringing an indictment. Federal investigators were turned on to Roland’s alleged misconduct as far back as Feb. 17, 2004, when he was mentioned during a meeting between Shaw and a confidential informant. “Word got around among this group of friends [that] the fix was in, Rob was fixing things for Shaw,” Horowitz said, adding that he doesn’t know whether it’s true. “It may be that none of this ever happened.”

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