Blogger Faces Criminal Charges for Bathroom Picture of City Supervisor
A blogger facing criminal charges for taking a picture of San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener in a City Hall bathroom in October could have his case resolved in the next couple of weeks, his attorney said.
Michael Petrelis, a gay rights activist who writes "The Petrelis Files" blog, made another appearance in court Monday afternoon on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges for snapping the photo of Wiener as he stood at a sink in a second-floor bathroom on Oct. 26.
Petrelis, who posted the photo online the next day, has clashed with Wiener over the supervisor's legislation banning public nudity in San Francisco, among other issues.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Samuel Feng said Monday that prosecutors and Petrelis' attorney, Derek St. Pierre, have made "a lot of progress" toward a resolution in the case.
The judge ordered both sides to return to court on May 15 for a status hearing. St. Pierre said outside of court that "there will likely be a decision next hearing to resolve this or to go to trial."
He said one of the issues getting in the way of a resolution is a stay-away order currently in effect that bans Petrelis from entering City Hall.
"He wants to maintain access to City Hall and public meetings," St. Pierre said.
Wiener has declined to comment on the case, but provided a written statement to sheriff's deputies saying Petrelis "has a history of inappropriate and harassing behavior."
District Attorney George Gascon said after Petrelis was arraigned in December that the blogger's alleged behavior "completely trespasses the social boundary of decency and good sense."
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