SF Public Defender Calls Supervisor’s Audit a Waste of Public Resources

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi on Thursday promised cooperation with Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s call for an audit of the public defender’s office, but accused Elsbernd of engaging in petty retaliatory politics that are wasting valuable resources. “I think that this unnecessary audit will result in an incredible waste of staff […]

Ex-Gang Member, Intent on Reforming Life, Set Back by Gang Injunction Conviction

“There is no way for a single person to know the identity of every gang member in the Mission. How can we punish a person for standing with people he has no reason to believe he is prohibited from associating with?” said Deputy Public Defender Lopez.

Woman, Who Testifies to Drug Addiction, is Acquitted of Meth Possession for Sale After SFPD Tosses Evidence

In April 2006, Kaake was detained by San Francisco Police Officers Peter Richardson and Michael Moody after a supposed informant reported that Kaake was going to make a drug delivery. According to Kaake, an admitted methamphetamine addict, police searched her car without a warrant and found a digital scale, eight empty baggies, and 15 grams of methamphetamine in a CD case, which she explained was for personal use. The arresting officers testified that they recovered these items from Kaake’s pocket.

Public Defender to Decline Clients Due to Case Overload and Inadequate Staffing

San Francisco, CA – The City’s refusal to provide cost-effective legal representation to indigent criminal defendants will force the Public Defender’s Office to turn away select homicide and other serious cases, as of February 1, 2009. The Public Defender’s action comes in response to the denial of City funding for two vacant paralegal positions. The […]

Man Accused of Physically Abusing Partner Acquitted After 45-Minute Jury Deliberation

San Francisco, CA – On Monday, January 5, 2009, Jeremy Womack, 30, was acquitted of battery on a partner and battery on a partner causing a traumatic injury after forty-five minutes of jury deliberation. Womack was arrested on November 11, 2008 after police officers responded to a call of domestic violence. Womack contended that his […]

Mentally Ill Woman, Shot Six Times by Police Officers in Her Home, Acquitted of Making Criminal Threats; Jury Hangs on Four Assault Charges

Teresa Sheehan, 56, was acquitted today of one count of making criminal threats. The jury hung 11-1 in favor of finding her not guilty of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of assault on a peace officer. Sheehan, who suffers from schizo-affective disorder, was shot six times by San Francisco police officers during the incident that resulted in her arrest and prosecution.

Man Acquitted of Multiple Sex Charges After 2 1/2 Hour Jury Deliberation

San Francisco, CA – On December 3, 2008, after two and a half hours of deliberation, Cristino Ortiz, 42, was acquitted of three counts of lewd acts on a child under 14. Ortiz was the live-in boyfriend of the mother of two girls, aged 11 and 12. On the day of the incident in question, […]

What to Expect From Your Lawyer/Know Your Rights

A client guide to the criminal justice system, explains the process and what one can expect from their appointed public defender.

Good Samaritan Arrested in RAT Sting Found Not Guilty of Grand Theft in 40 Minutes

San Francisco, CA – On Wednesday, November 19, Redai Meresa was found not guilty of misdemeanor grand theft after 40 minutes of jury deliberation. After working his typical ten hour day, Redai Meresa was headed home when he attempted to help a seemingly poor, homeless man with an alcohol problem. The man had $30 protruding […]

The City Needs a Comprehensive Reentry Program

Today, more than 500 community leaders, community and faith-based service providers and formerly incarcerated men and women will gather for San Francisco’s third annual re-entry summit, “Reentry Works.” Re-entry is a term that describes the reintegration of former prisoners back into their community. This year’s summit focuses on the greatest challenge faced by many of […]

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