Drug Cases May Be Compromised Due to Evidence Tampering In SF Crime Lab

People charged with drug offenses in San Francisco may have their cases dropped or convictions overturned due to alleged evidence tampering and substandard conditions in the police crime lab, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced Wednesday.

The Recorder: Expand Diversion to Save Money and Lives

Kwixuan Maloof, managing attorney in charge of the San Francisco Public Defender’s office, explains why the Pretrial Diversion program is the bullet train to traditional justice’s lumbering freight.

Public Defender Jeff Adachi to Speak at U.S. Attorney General’s Conference

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will be among the featured speakers this week at U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s national conference on criminal defense for the poor.

Man Cleared of Battery on a Parking Officer

A man accused of spitting in a parking enforcement officer’s face was acquitted by a San Francisco jury Thursday afternoon.

Woman Found Not Guilty After Dognapping Trial

A woman who believed she was rescuing a lost dog from Union Square traffic was acquitted of stealing the animal by a San Francisco jury Wednesday.

Jury Clears Three Men Following Double Murder Trial

Three men on trial for two Visitacion Valley killings were found not guilty of all charges by a San Francisco jury Tuesday.

Joc Wilson, 23, Floyd Jackson, 22 and, Emon Brown, 21, faced first-degree murder charges in addition to gang and firearm enhancements. The charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Case Crumbles in Cookie Tin Drug Trial

A San Francisco man was acquitted of a felony drug possession charge Thursday afternoon after a jury determined he was unaware that a cookie tin contained crack when he picked it up to use as a water bowl for his puppy.

Jury Rejects Murder Charge, Convicts Elderly Man of Involuntary Manslaughter

A 73-year-old grandfather acted in self-defense when he fatally stabbed a drug dealer in the Tenderloin, a San Francisco jury determined Thursday afternoon.

Year End Report: Demand For Public Defenders Remains High Amid Economic Crisis

Unable to afford private attorneys amid a continuing recession, 28,000 San Franciscans turned to the city’s public defender last year –a trend that shows little sign of slowing.
Felony cases handled by the San Francisco Public Defender’s office rose 21 percent over the past two years, according to the office’s Annual Report and 2010 Calendar, released today

Teacher’s Aide Acquitted After Evidence Contradicts Officer’s Story

A woman who was injured and falsely arrested by police in September has been acquitted of battery upon an officer and resisting arrest, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Tisha Harvey, a 29-year-old teacher’s aide for disabled preschoolers, is currently cooperating with an Office of Citizen Complaints investigation against the police officer involved in the incident. Jurors unanimously found Harvey not guilty on December 31 after deliberating for one day.

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