Patricia Lee Wins National Youth Law Award

Deputy Public Defender Patricia Lee, who transformed San Francisco’s Juvenile Justice system into a national model of rehabilitation and innovation, has been honored with the Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Leadership Award from the National Juvenile Defender Center.

Federal Lawsuit to End Money Bail Presses Forward

A class action lawsuit seeking to end the practice of money bail in San Francisco will move forward against the city’s sheriff, a federal judge has ruled.

Man Acquitted of Brotherly Burglary

A man accused of breaking into his adopted brother’s apartment has been acquitted of all charges following a jury trial, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Men Acquitted in Henry Hotel Shooting Death

Two men charged in connection with a 2014 fatal shooting at a Sixth Street hotel were acquitted today after evidence showed they acted to defend a front desk clerk under attack, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced.

Recycler Acquitted of Chasing Condo Resident With Knife

A homeless man accused of attempting to knife a resident who wanted him to leave the area has been acquitted of all charges, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Recycler Acquitted of Assault on Men

A homeless man was freed from jail after a jury acquitted him of assaulting two museum employees with a metal rod used to collect recycling, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Man Cleared of Stealing City Truck

A homeless man who was arrested for stealing a city maintenance truck was acquitted of all charges after a jury determined he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Adachi Joins Board of National Criminal Defense Group

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), a 40,000-member bar association devoted to ensuring due process for those accused of crimes.

Thousands of SF Students to Get Backpacks, Resources at Two August Events

San Francisco, CA — As families feel the squeeze of San Francisco’s exorbitant cost of living, the San Francisco Public Defender’s MAGIC programs will distribute backpacks stuffed with school supplies to more than 3,500 children and youth during two August events. Saturday, Aug. 6 Western Addition Health Fair and Backpack Giveaway. 10 am. -2 p.m. […]

Woman Acquitted of Bizarre Burglary

A woman accused of climbing nine stories up a fire escape in heels to burglarize a high rise apartment was acquitted of felony charges after her attorney argued the predicament was the result of a liaison gone wrong, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

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