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, or DFJC. 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. This year, San Francisco repealed all county-authorized […]

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, […]

Jury Scrubs Pub Hubbub

San Francisco man acquitted in bar brawl A man who was caring for his ill girlfriend at a bar on Cinco de Mayo when he accidentally struck someone was acquitted of assault and battery charges today after a jury found no proof that he committed a crime, Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today. John Chmiola, […]

Woman Acquitted of Charges in Alleged Attack on Barista

Woman acquitted of charges in alleged attack on barista

“Meet Your Public Defender” Event

MEET YOUR PUBLIC DEFENDER San Francisco—Members of the Bay View/Hunter’s Point community are invited to get to know Public Defender Jeff Adachi and his staff on Saturday at our “Meet Your Public Defender” event. “This is a chance for us to meet people from the community and answer any questions they might have about the […]

Judge Tosses Tossed Knife Case

San Francisco, CA— A woman who defended herself against a physical assault had her case dismissed after the trial ended in a hung jury, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.  Mae Richardson, 56, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest, stemming from an incident that […]

“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 […]

The Right to Plea No Contest in a Criminal Case

NOTE: This op-ed will appear in Friday’s Daily Journal to declare that we have the right to plead no contest, a right that San Francisco courts have denied our clients. While it is true that the taking of a no contest plea is subject to the court’s permission, I argue that their decision to deny […]

Public Defenders Win 5 Acquittals in Single Afternoon

Jurors deliberating in five separate felony trials returned with five acquittals in a single afternoon, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Study: Public Defender’s Pilot Program Curtails Pretrial Incarceration, Saves Costs

San Francisco—An innovative pilot program through the San Francisco Public Defender’s office has saved nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money and thousands of jail beds during its first five months of operation, according to a study released today by the California Policy Lab at University of California Berkeley. The Pretrial Release Unit (PRU), staffed […]

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