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SF DA Candidate Knows Pain of Prison: His radical dad is locked up

Here’s the fourth and final installation of The Chronicle’s D.A. Tuesday — and surely the most interesting one when it comes to a candidate’s biography. Chesa Boudin, 39, is an attorney in the San Francisco public defender’s office who Hollywood script writers should get to know.

His up-close view of our prison system began before he can even remember. When he was just 14 months old, his parents, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, left-wing radicals in the Weather Underground — the militant group active in the 1960s and ’70s — served as getaway drivers in a notorious 1981 Brinks armored car robbery outside New York City that ended in the killing of two police officers and a security guard.

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