Judge Tosses Tossed Knife Case

San Francisco, CA— A woman who defended herself against a physical assault had her case dismissed after the trial ended in a hung jury, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.  Mae Richardson, 56, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest, stemming from an incident that […]

“Habeas” lawsuits demand release of 10 detained immigrants transferred out of state by ICE

SF Public Defender, immigrant rights groups escalate legal pressure on Trump admin as anger over abrupt transfers mounts. San Francisco – Local immigration attorneys filed a flurry of “Habeas Corpus” petitions in federal district court today, seeking the release of 10 people arbitrarily transferred last week from the West County Detention Facility in Richmond to […]

The Right to Plea No Contest in a Criminal Case

NOTE: This op-ed will appear in Friday’s Daily Journal to declare that we have the right to plead no contest, a right that San Francisco courts have denied our clients. While it is true that the taking of a no contest plea is subject to the court’s permission, I argue that their decision to deny […]

Public Defenders Win 5 Acquittals in Single Afternoon

Jurors deliberating in five separate felony trials returned with five acquittals in a single afternoon, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Study: Public Defender’s Pilot Program Curtails Pretrial Incarceration, Saves Costs

San Francisco—An innovative pilot program through the San Francisco Public Defender’s office has saved nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money and thousands of jail beds during its first five months of operation, according to a study released today by the California Policy Lab at University of California Berkeley. The Pretrial Release Unit (PRU), staffed […]

Public Defender’s Pretrial Unit Slashes Jail Stays: Study

By Evan Sernoffsky SF Chronicle David, a 76-year-old Vietnam veteran, found himself in San Francisco County Jail in mid-January after a fight with his abusive partner. He had no idea how to get a lawyer, how to get his HIV medication or when he’d even get out. “I had never been to jail and the […]

Matt Gonzalez, Francisco Ugarte Named Defenders of the Year

Matt Gonzalez and Francisco Ugarte, whose client Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder following a high profile trial last year, have been named Defenders of the Year by the California Public Defenders Association.

10 Things Starbucks Could Do to Combat Racism

Read Jeff Adachi’s piece on Medium.

California’s District Attorneys Must Work to End Money Bail

Read the SF Public Defender’s op-ed in the San Francisco Examiner.

SFPD Whistleblower Claims Retaliation After Reporting Racial, Religious Harassment

A police officer of Afghan descent alleges he is the target of retaliation after reporting racial and religious discrimination at the hands of his San Francisco Police Department colleagues, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

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