Local Man Acquitted of Murder Charges

Hector Velez, 61, was found not guilty of murder and voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Ralph Ruiz, 59. The jury found Velez guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Board of Supervisors Votes to Partially Restore Public Defender’s Budget

Months of budget battles came to an end Tuesday as the Board of Supervisors voted to restore $650,000 to the Public Defender’s Office. The restoration is in addition to $300,000 that the Budget and Finance Committee voted to allocate to the office last month.

A Question of Parity?

“Parity” is not the same as equality when it comes to funding this country’s promise of justice for all.

Public Defender Outlines Impact of $1.6 Million Budget Cut

Public Defender Jeff Adachi asks the Board of Supervisors to restore funding to avoid increased costs to the city.

Press conference to highlight the need to fully restore the Public Defender’s Office budget

Show your support while former clients of the Public Defender’s Office explain how the legal services provided by the office contributed to positive outcomes in their lives.

Defending the Public Defender

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi is facing a $1.9 million dollar cut from his budget. The cut comprises nearly 10 percent of his operating budget, which is primarily used to pay for lawyers who provide services to the City’s poor. No other big city department in San Francisco is facing cuts of this magnitude and the machinations that have led to this are among the most unusual at City Hall.

Newsom v. Public Defenders, Part II

“In my earlier submission, I predicted that the budget battle between the Mayor and the Public Defender’s office would end badly. What I didn’t predict is what actually happened.”

Signature Drive to Restore Public Defender’s Office Funding

The Public Defender’s Office and the 29,000 people it represents need your support.

S.F. cannot afford to cut public defender’s budget

According to the co-chairs of the Constitution Project’s National Right to Counsel Committee, proposed budget cuts to the Public Defender’s Office threaten to exact a toll on San Francisco that would greatly outweigh their modest fiscal benefits.

Don’t shortchange justice

SF Chronicle: The proposed cut is seriously shortsighted and dishonest. If a defendant can’t get a public defender, the job goes to a pool of private lawyers where one will take the case – and bill the city. Total savings: just about zero.

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