SANTA CRUZ - A 33-year-old man was jailed recently for owning a San Francisco Giants jersey.
Jose Luis Ortegon of Watsonville was arrested Tuesday near Cherry Court and Rodriguez Street in Watsonville, jail records show.
Thursday, Judge Samuel Stevens, who is retired and was filling in for Judge Timothy Volkmann, handled Ortegon's arraignment for an alleged probation violation.
Stevens asked public defender Diana August why having Giants gear was a probation violation and August said she understood that the 'SF' denotes the wearer is proclaiming he or she is "free" of a certain gang, using a slang word for a gang, not the better known "Sureño" term.
"That explains it, OK," he said with a shrug toward August and her client.
Ortegon was expressionless. Stevens told him to comply with his search terms, saying "you know they're going to be back."
August noted that her client is on "intensive supervision."
Per Sentinel archives, Ortegon was pulled over by Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies in May of 2011 near Freedom Boulevard and Green Valley Road for having large dice dangling from his rearview mirror, obstructing his view.
He allegedly refused orders to get out of the car after deputies spotted him reaching for something in the back of a four-door Geo, deputies said. They said they found a gun in the car, which was unloaded, and that Ortegon admitted to being a gang member.
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