Study: Shocking Racial Disparities in SF Courts

African Americans in San Francisco are more likely to await trial behind bars than their white counterparts and face harsher punishment once convicted, according to a new study commissioned by the San Francisco Reentry Council.

Justice Matters: Plea Bargains Are Ubiquitous. But Are They Un-American?

Welcome to the plea agreement. It can be a Faustian bargain, but it’s also a constant presence in our criminal justice system.

Charges Dismissed in Uber Assault Case

San Francisco, CA — Prosecutors on Thursday dropped all charges against an Uber driver accused of assaulting a passenger and smacking the gold iPhone from his hand, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Public Defender No. 1: Jeff Adachi’s Revolution

Read SF Weekly’s cover story on San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi

Behind Courtroom Doors

Why courts deserve the same public scrutiny as cops–an article by Felony Manager Manohar Raju.

Adachi: The Over-Policing of Black Women in SF

While citizens demand answers for the police killings of unarmed men of color nationally, an everyday injustice continues unabated in San Francisco: the profiling of African American women.

Francisco Ugarte to be Honored by Latina Group

San Francisco Public Defender Immigration Attorney Francisco Ugarte will be honored at a May 14 ceremony for his work empowering women facing deportation.

Man Blinded in Brawl Acquitted of Assault

A visually impaired man who was temporarily blinded in a vicious attack was acquitted of assaulting a female bar patron after a jury determined he acted in self-defense, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

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Man Who Sought Spaceship Escape Acquitted

A man who suffered meth psychosis was acquitted of robbery and other felonies after a jury determined he entered a Mission District apartment under the delusion he would board a spaceship on its roof, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

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