SAN FRANCISCO -- Jury deliberations continue Friday at the trial of a former Danville officer charged with accepting cocaine and a handgun for arresting drunken drivers at the direction of a former Concord private investigator.
Deliberations in the trial of Stephen Tanabe were suspended Thursday morning after U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer excused a juror who spoke English as a second language and was having trouble fully comprehending jury instructions as a result. An alternate juror was substituted in midday, and the panel began anew in its deliberations.
Tanabe, 50, of Alamo, is charged with seven conspiracy and extortion counts for allegedly taking bribes to facilitate three drunken-driving arrests in late 2010 and early 2011. His defense attorney says he never accepted any kind of payment and that he has been set up by Christopher Butler, a now-incarcerated private investigator who set up men for "Dirty DUIs" so that their estranged spouses could have leverage in family law court.
Deliberations resume at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
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