San Francisco Examiner: Adachi To Bring Up Funding Issues At Washington Conference

By: Brent Begin
Examiner Staff Writer

Public Defender Jeff Adachi is off to Washington D.C. this week for a national conference on criminal defense for the poor.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is hosting the “National Symposium on Indigent Defense: Looking Back, Looking Forward 2010. More than 600 public defenders, judges and elected officials are expected to attend and discuss ways to better defend those without the means to hire their own attorneys.

Adachi’s presentation on Thursday is sure to bring up the lingering battle with Mayor Gavin Newsom over funding for his office. The public defender has been passing high-profile cases to outside council for months in an effort to save the office money.