Matt Gonzalez, Francisco Ugarte Named Defenders of the Year

Matt Gonzalez and Francisco Ugarte, whose client Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder following a high profile trial last year, have been named Defenders of the Year by the California Public Defenders Association.

SFPD Whistleblower Claims Retaliation After Reporting Racial, Religious Harassment

A police officer of Afghan descent alleges he is the target of retaliation after reporting racial and religious discrimination at the hands of his San Francisco Police Department colleagues, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Federal Judge Orders Man Released After SF Courts Repeatedly Fail to Follow Bail Law

A federal judge this week ordered authorities to immediately free a homeless man from jail after he was repeatedly denied a constitutionally adequate bail hearing in San Francisco Superior Court.

SF Public Defender Responds to AG Sessions’ Threats, Lawsuit

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released the following statement today in response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement he would sue California over its immigration laws, as well as Sessions’ speech vowing to use every power possible to challenge our state’s sanctuary status.

Rallies Across CA Courts Tuesday 2/20 to Lift Up New Changes in Bail Law and Call to End Money Bail

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 20 in front of the Hall of Justice as we call for an end to money bail and ensure people know how recent changes to the bail laws will benefit their loved ones. Simultaneous rallies will be held at courthouses across California.

Man Acquitted After Officer Turns Off Body Cam

A homeless man was acquitted of criminal threats after jurors saw footage of a police officer in the case appearing to intentionally turn off his body camera while talking to the man’s accuser, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Deputy Public Defender Honored for Work in Schools

Jacque Wilson, a longtime deputy public defender in San Francisco, has been honored for his pro bono work on racial and educational justice in Modesto’s public schools.

Man With Sweet Tooth Handling Candy, Not Penis

A man falsely accused of masturbating in public has been cleared of sex charges after a jury determined he was unloading stolen candy from his trousers, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Court’s Game-Changing Decision on Bail Based on SF Man’s Case

A case involving a San Francisco retiree jailed for allegedly stealing cologne has sparked a legal decision that promises to transform California’s approach to bail, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

One Year Later, Charges Dismissed Against Anti-Trump Protestors

After a yearlong legal saga, criminal charges were dismissed Thursday against 11 people arrested after linking themselves together on the Caltrain tracks during an inauguration day protest, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

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