An Innocent Man

Tenants’ Rights Attorney Finally Gets Justice San Francisco—A tenant’s rights attorney who fatally injured a man in self-defense in the Tenderloin was acquitted of on all counts today, Public Defender Jeff Adachi has announced. Carlos Argueta, 35, was tried for second degree robbery and murder after he became involved in a tussle outside a bar […]

Bad Samaritans

December 14, 2018: A victim of an attack in the Tenderloin is acquitted for attempted murder San Francisco—A man who was jumped and beaten in the Tenderloin was acquitted for attempted murder on Thursday, Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today. Cheasarack Chong, 29, was defending himself when he stabbed one of his attackers, Deputy Public […]

The Time is NOW to Strengthen Miranda Rights For Youth

Patti Lee of our office’s Juvenile Unit spoke at a hearing this week about the need to pass legislation to strengthen the rights of children in SF that are arrested. The new law would expand Miranda consults for all youth 17 and younger who find themselves in a custodial interrogation by SFPD. “If we get this legislation […]

Criminal Justice Reformers Launch “Debt Free Justice California”

Our office is proud to join forces with many criminal justice reform entities as a part of newly-launched Debt Free Justice California. The SF Public Defender’s Office has worked hard to reduce the fines and fees that many people face who have already served their sentence,  and also manage to reduce the cases with the most […]

Jury Rejects Idea That Theft of Socks Should Be A Felony

FELONIOUS FOOTWEAR? Jury rejects idea that theft of socks should be a felony San Francisco—A woman was acquitted of felony robbery charges on Wednesday for taking a pair of socks from a shop in Fisherman’s Wharf this summer, Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today. Raymoan Shaw, 30, admitted to the lesser charge of misdemeanor petty […]

Letter from Public Defender Jeff Adachi to Mayor London Breed

Public Defender Jeff Adachi sent the following letter to London Breed today to oppose an idea being floated to transfer inmates from San Francisco to Alameda County, should SF Jail #4 close permanently. To quote Jeff, “San Francisco needs to be at the forefront of the movement to end mass incarceration. We need to stop […]

Behavioral Health Court Graduation Shines

Apologies for the cliche, but there truly was not a ‘dry eye in the house’ at today’s moving Behavioral Health Court graduation. Clients shared their stories and struggles and received much deserved applause for their hard work. Public Defender Jeff Adachi said it best: “The Behavioral Health Court is an innovative model of providing critical […]

Attorney Andrew Ganz Suspended for Prosecutorial Misconduct

*** PRESS RELEASE ***  ATTORNEY ANDREW GANZ SUSPENDED FROM BAR FOR PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT Justice may be blind, but she has very sophisticated listening devices. –Edgar Argo San Francisco – San Francisco prosecutor Andrew Ganz has been found guilty of prosecutorial misconduct through “clear and convincing evidence,” the State Bar of California announced on Monday. Specifically, […]

To Quote Queen, We Are The Champions…. Of Public Defense!

SF Public Defender’s Office Wins NACDL “Champion of Public Defense” Award We are proud to announce that the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (or NACDL) has chosen our office for a Champion of Public Defense Award for our “exceptional efforts in making positive changes to a local, state, or federal public defense system,” according […]

Line-Up Mix-Up

  San Francisco– A woman wrongly identified as being a member of a “blessing scam” ring was exonerated on Thursday, October 18 after a jury found her not guilty of criminal conspiracy, Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced last week. Yiyuan Li, 61, was just about to board an airplane home for China this summer when she […]

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