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 […]

10 Things Starbucks Could Do to Combat Racism

Read Jeff Adachi’s piece on Medium.

California’s District Attorneys Must Work to End Money Bail

Read the SF Public Defender’s op-ed in the San Francisco Examiner.

Unequal Justice in the Age of Reform

Drugs arrests are way down. But racial disparities remain sky high. Read Jeff Adachi’s op-ed in the San Francisco Examiner.

He Stole $5 and Cologne. Bail was Set at $350,000

The case of a San Francisco senior citizen accused of stealing $5 and a bottle of cologne from his neighbor reveals the obvious injustice of California’s bail system, and may finally lead to reform.

Don’t Let Trump Use an Accident to Foment Hate

Read Francisco Ugarte’s piece in the San Francisco Bay View.

A ‘Dangerous Felon’ Who Was Never Convicted of a Violent Crime

By Matt Gonzalez Special to 48hills Two years ago, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez was arrested for the death of Kate Steinle on San Francisco’s popular waterfront. The case gained national attention as then-candidate Donald Trump exploited Lopez Sanchez’s immigration status to propose sweeping immigration reforms. The motorcycle accident attorney annapolis md, know the struggles you […]

Troubled Judges Group Holding Up Bail Reform

California is on the precipice of overhauling its unjust bail system. Now, a group of judges, currently in apology mode over a party where revelers ridiculed incarcerated people of color, is lobbying for a watered down bail reform bill.

Op-Ed: Proposed Kate’s Law Would Not Have Saved Kate Steinle

By Matt Gonzalez Special to the Chronicle The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week called “Kate’s Law” (HR3004). The bill is named for Kate Steinle, the young woman whose unfortunate death in San Francisco in 2015 has been exploited as a recurrent shibboleth in efforts across the nation to instigate anti-immigrant fervor. […]

Lawyers for Immigrants: Why California Must Lead the Way

California helped reshape our national understanding of justice in our criminal courts. As New York and other cities and counties throughout the country do their part, it is time for California to step up again.

1 2 3 4 5 6