Public Defender Appoints Matt Gonzalez As Chief Attorney

Matt Gonzalez, a longtime civil rights and criminal defense attorney and former Board of Supervisors president, was appointed to Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender’s office today.

Student Found Not Guilty In Gun Trial

A San Francisco City College student was found not guilty of gun-related charges Thursday afternoon after a weeklong trial that revealed police tampered with the crime scene.

Mid-Trial Dismissal After Accuser Lies

In a rare mid-trial dismissal Wednesday, a San Francisco man was cleared of felony domestic violence charges after his accuser lied multiple times on the stand, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Shooting Victim Cleared Of Gun Charge

In a case connected to last year’s crime lab scandal, a jury acquitted a shooting victim of illegally possessing a firearm, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Year End Report: Public Defenders Win 48 Percent of Jury Trials

People facing jury trial in San Francisco last year avoided conviction nearly half the time if represented by a public defender, according to the 2010 Public Defender’s Annual Report and 2011 Calendar, released this week.

Annual Report 2010

The 2010 Annual Report and 2011 Calendar features stirring portraits of our clients and staff and documents our fight for justice both in and out of the courtroom.

Public Defenders Free Five After Jury Trials

Public defenders secured a stunning five acquittals in less than a week, including a man charged in a car wash scuffle and a skateboarder accused of assaulting two off-duty police officers, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Public Defenders Secure Three Acquittals In 24 Hours

A man mistaken for a car burglar, a woman wrongly charged after a police officer manipulated a computer log and a homeowner defending his property were acquitted by juries in three separate trials this week.

Motorcyclist Acquitted Of Vehicular Homicide

A motorcyclist who fatally struck a pedestrian near the Golden Gate Bridge in 2008 was found not guilty of vehicular manslaughter by a San Francisco jury Wednesday.

Man Seeking American Dream Did Not Attack Wife, Jury Finds

A recent immigrant from Burma accused of pushing his wife so violently that she fell and hit her head on the sidewalk was found not guilty today by a San Francisco jury.

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