“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 […]

Huge Backpack Giveaway to Bring Bayview Park to Life

BMAGIC Back to School Event to Draw 3,000+ Attendees

Sister Helen Prejean: Together We Can End the Death Penalty

Sister Helen Prejean speaks at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. Hosted by Temple Emanu-El. Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld LLP. Followed by a book signing by Sister Helen Prejean. Sister Helen’s books will be available for sale. Video of Sister Helen Prejean speaking at the event: […]

San Francisco Public Defender’s Justice Summit

Register for Justice on Trial: Gangs Neuroscience & Drug Reform

Annual Report 2011

The 2011 Annual Report and 2012 Calendar features photographs from the 90-year history of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

Suicidal Man Beaten By Police To Receive Treatment

Incident caught on video highlights need for additional training for officers.

SF District Attorney and Public Defender to Review Driving Under the Influence Cases Involving Preliminary Alcohol Screening Devices

San Francisco, CA — Public Defender Jeff Adachi and District Attorney George Gascón are investigating cases where Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) devices were used by the San Francisco Police Department when arresting a suspect for driving under the influence. Since the mid-1990’s, the SF Police Department has used PAS devices to administer breath tests to […]

Self-Defense Overcharged As Murder Results in Acquittal

San Francisco, CA — A man who was attacked in his home by two men, one of them wielding dual broken bottles, was acquitted of murder charges on February 23, Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced. Phuc Le, 44, the son of a U.S. serviceman who came to this country through the Amerasian Homecoming Act was […]

When “Realities” Collide, There Is Reasonable Doubt

San Francisco, CA — A young man was acquitted of attempted murder charges on February 17, 2012, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced. Terence Singleton, 25, was acquitted of attempted murder charges.  If convicted of the original charges, he would have been sentenced to life in prison. Instead, the jury deliberated for only an […]

Public Defender’s Office Celebrates Nine Decades of Delivering Justice to San Franciscans

The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office is celebrating its 90th Anniversary, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced. In 1921, the California Legislature passed the Public Defender Act after Clara Foltz, California’s first female lawyer, spent years advocating for the creation of Public Defenders’ offices to provide legal assistance to poor people in criminal law […]

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