Mentally Ill Man Pleads Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

Omeed Aziz Popal, 30, pled not guilty by reason of insanity today at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street. Popal is facing attempted murder charges in connection with a series of alleged hit-and-run incidents that injured sixteen people in San Francisco on August 29, 2006.

Mentally Ill Man Pleads Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Omeed Aziz Popal, 30, pled not guilty by reason of insanity today, at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street.

Jon Osaki to Receive 2008 Juvenile Justice Hero Award

Jon Osaki, Executive Director of the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC), will receive the 2008 Juvenile Justice “Hero” award for his outstanding work supporting youth in San Francisco. The award will be presented by Public Defender Jeff Adachi at the Fifth Annual Juvenile Justice Summit: “Less Talk, More Action: Solutions for Safe Schools and Safe Streets” on Wednesday, May 14, 2008.

Juvenile Justice Summit: Less Talk, More Action; SF Leaders and Residents Convene to Reduce Youth Violence in Schools and on Public Transportation

The Fifth Annual Juvenile Justice Summit: “Less Talk, More Action: Solutions for Safe Schools and Safe Streets,” will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at the San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street. Hosted annually by the Public Defender’s Office since 2004, the summit will draw over 250 youth, parents and city leaders to discuss and pose solutions to juvenile justice issues both locally and statewide.

DNA Matches Aren’t Always a Lock

Genetic evidence is widely viewed as ironclad. In ‘cold hit’ cases, however, the truth is often elusive. San Francisco Deputy Public Defender Kwixuan H. Maloof defended John Puckett in his trial for murder. Puckett insisted he didn’t kill the victim. According to the defense, although DNA at the crime scene happened to match his, it belonged […]

Woman Acquitted Twice by Two Separate Juries in Same Month – PD Questions DA’s Motive in Filing Loitering Charges

San Francisco, CA – A 26-year-old San Francisco woman was acquitted twice by two separate juries. Tried twice over a one-month period, the woman had been charged by prosecutors with loitering with the intent to commit prostitution on June 8, 2007 and October 23, 2007 in San Francisco. Prosecutors argued that the woman had been […]

Proposed laws cloak police misconduct

By Jeff Adachi Published in The Recorder, Friday, April 18, 2008 Following the California Supreme Court decision that barred the public from police disciplinary proceedings, Copley Press v. Superior Court, 39 Cal.4th 1272 (2006), lobbyists for police and sheriffs organizations have worked to convince state legislators to introduce new laws that would further shield law […]

Public Defender Adachi Opposes AB 2377

AB 2377 would have made it more difficult for criminal defendants to access records of police misconduct that are material to their defense. Public Defender Jeff Adachi submitted a letter opposing AB 2377 to the bill’s sponsor, Assemblymember Mary Hayashi, and to members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Read Public Defender Adachi’s letter to Assemblymember Jose […]

Children of Incarcerated Parents Program Evaluation

The San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) Program evaluation, for the period of October 2006 through December 2007, was funded by the Zellerbach Family Foundation to assess CIP’s effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.

What San Francisco Can Do About Gangs

by Jeff Adachi March 20, 2008, featured on San Francisco’s gang problem is not new. In the 1850s, the “Sydney Ducks,” a gang of ex-cons from Australia, reportedly committed countless murders, robberies, assaults, and arsons in Sydney-Town, an area that encompassed much of today’s Financial District. A group called the “Committee of Vigilance” responded […]

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