Domestic Violence Victim Cleared of Charges in Former Boyfriend’s Death

A domestic violence victim accused of fatally stabbing her estranged boyfriend was acquitted Tuesday by a San Francisco jury.

After four days of deliberation, jury members unanimously found DeEbony Smith, 28, not guilty of murder in the Dec. 30, 2008 death of Lazarus Pickett. Smith was also not guilty of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, jurors found.

Youth To Celebrate A Year of Accomplishment At BMAGIC Winter Ball

BMAGIC’s 5th Annual Winter Ball provides neighborhood youth with a free, formal party to celebrate their accomplishments in 2009 and welcome the New Year.

New State Rules on Caregivers Discriminatory, Hurt Seniors

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will lend his support Monday to San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos’ resolution calling on the state to reverse its discriminatory new regulations governing in-home care for the sick, disabled and elderly.

Clean Slate Program Celebrates 10 Years

***Note to media: Interviews with Clean Slate participants can be arranged prior to the event*** WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm WHAT: A public reception celebrating the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking Clean Slate program, which helps those convicted of crimes in San Francisco to clear their criminal history. WHO: Dozens of participants […]

Public Defender Argues for $926,000 in Cost Savings

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will ask supervisors on Wednesday to allow him to fill seven vacant positions in his office–a move that could save the cash-strapped city $926,000 while ensuring equal justice for San Francisco’s poorest residents.

SF Public Defender’s Office Clean Slate 10th Anniversary Celebration

The Clean Slate Program, one of San Francisco’s original reentry programs, was established in 1999. Since then, Public Defender Jeff Adachi has continued his commitment by providing ongoing legal representation to help individuals with clearing up their criminal history records.

Public Defender’s Office Receives Grant To Assist Mentally Ill Clients

The Public Defender’s Office will receive an annual $80,000 grant from the Metta Fund for two years to hire a social worker who will provide additional support for Public Defender clients with major mental illness in finding and maintaining employment and eliminating barriers to employment.

Public Defender Seeks Supervisors’ Approval to Fill Essential Positions

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said that he plans to ask the Board of Supervisors to approve a request to fill some vacant positions in order to meet his assigned caseload.

S.F. Public Defender’s Chinatown Forum

Public Defender Jeff Adachi will lead a free public forum addressing the legal rights of San Francisco’s Chinese community, October 2, 2009 at 2pm at Four Seas Restaurant.

5,000 Kids to Receive Free Backpacks Filled with School Supplies at San Francisco’s Largest Back-to-School Celebration

“In light of the economic downturn and severe budget cuts to education, this event has never been so important,” Public Defender and MAGIC Founder Jeff Adachi said. “This year, there are more kids in need and more parents who cannot afford to provide the most essential tools required for their kids to succeed in school. Every little bit counts.”

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