Driver Acquitted in Market Street Pedestrian Death

A motorist charged in the 2016 death of a woman crossing Seventh and Market streets in her wheelchair has been acquitted, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Public Defender Vows to Defend San Franciscans Detained in Planned ICE Raids

In response to threats from federal immigration enforcement officials, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi today vowed to defend undocumented San Franciscans detained in any planned raids.

Tony Serra to Represent Garcia Zarate on Federal Charges

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who was found not guilty in the death of Kate Steinle, will be represented by renowned San Francisco attorney J. Tony Serra on federal gun charges.

SF Public Defenders Stand Up to Money Bail

Challenges filed in every SF criminal case.

‘Defender’ Wins Best Documentary at Film Fest

Defender, created by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and Jim Choi, focuses on Adachi and his team during the racially-charged trial of Michael Smith, a 22-year-old African American man. Smith was charged with nine counts of resisting arrest after being pulled off a BART train with his girlfriend and wrestled to the ground by officers. The incident, which was caught on police body cameras and commuters’ cell phones, occurred after a white passenger falsely reported Smith had a gun.

Jeff Adachi to Receive Youth Champion Award

For advocating for justice on behalf of young Bayview Hunters Point residents, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will receive the 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic’s Youth Champion Award.

SF Man’s Case Challenges Money Bail

Retiree accused of stealing $5 and cologne remains jailed on $350,000 bond

Fund Launched to Help Immigrants Fight Deportation

The Immigration Defense Fund will provide grants to fund expert witness testimony in immigration cases handled by low-cost and pro bono attorneys.

Cheerleader Thrown Through Third Story Window Acquitted of Felonies

A former San Francisco State University cheerleader thrown through the glass window of a high rise dorm was acquitted of a slew of felony charges after a jury determined he stabbed his attacker in self-defense, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

SF Public Defender Issues Statement on Possible DACA Elimination

“The elimination of the DACA program will potentially affect thousands of young and productive San Franciscans who were brought to this country as children.”

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