San Francisco Jury Finds Man Not Guilty Of First Degree Murder After Second Trial

San Francisco, CA – A 20-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in a fatal stabbing that occurred during a street brawl was found not guilty yesterday after a four-week trial. The stabbing occurred during a November 2005 melee that erupted in front of a house party in the Oceanview district of San Francisco. The victim […]

Breaking the Cycle

by Eliza Strickland SF Weekly It’s expensive and time-consuming, but a court can help cure the hard-core homeless problem in San Francisco. Read the rest of this story.

Guilt by association

by Jeff Adachi SF Chronicle San Francisco has begun to employ a controversial crime-fighting tool known as civil gang injunctions. Injunctions bar persons identified as gang members by law enforcement from engaging in restricted activities in specified areas. In light of the violence that the city is experiencing, proponents argue that these restrictions on civil […]

Broken Justice

Reprinted from the SF Examiner, February 18, 2005 By Jeff Adachi Last week, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants published an extensive report on the quality of legal representation for the poor in criminal cases. The report exposes an underbelly of the justice system that is rarely seen on […]

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee Recommends $1.4 Million In Additional Funding to Public Defender’s Office for FY 2007-08

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today that the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee has recommended a $23.7 million budget for the Public Defender’s Office for fiscal year 2007-08, a $1.4 million increase from fiscal year 2006-07. This comes after Mr. Adachi appeared before the Committee last Wednesday […]

Study by Justice Policy Institute Questions Effectiveness of Gang Injunctions as Means of Reducing Gang Violence

Report Comes On The Heels Of The City Attorney’s Attempt To Expand Gang Injunctions in San Francisco’s Mission And Western Addition Districts San Francisco, CA – A groundbreaking new report released today by the Justice Policy Institute argues that the billions of dollars spent on traditional gang suppression activities, which include the enforcement of gang […]

CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY AND POLICE BEATING RESULTS IN ACQUITTAL OF SAN FRANCISCO MAN

San Francisco, CA – On the morning of February 7, 2007, three plainclothes police officers approached 39-year-old John Gibson under the mistaken belief that he was a parolee on the run. Gibson, who was seated near Market and 7th Streets, saw three men advance assertively and believed that he was going to be attacked. The […]

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