San Francisco City Officials and Residents to Tackle Prisoner Reentry and Employment at Summit

San Francisco, CA – On Monday September 29, 2008, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, District Attorney Kamala Harris, and Sheriff Michael Hennessey will convene at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for the largest reentry summit in Northern California. The Summit was organized to tackle the problem of parolee recidivism, a main […]

Senator Barack Obama Issues Statement Supporting Prisoner Reentry Summit

In a welcome statement for the Third Annual Prisoner Reentry Summit, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) commended San Francisco city leaders for their “innovate work to reduce recidivism” and pledged to create opportunities for former prisoners if elected president.

Public Defender’s Office Co-Sponsors MAGIC’s 5th Annual Backpack Giveaway

On August 23, 2008, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office will co-sponsor the Fifth Annual MAGIC Back-to-School Celebration and Backpack Giveaway. This year, 4,000 backpacks will be distributed to children and youth ages 5-17 in Bayview-Hunter’s Point and the Western Addition/Fillmore.

Omeed Popal Found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

Omeed Aziz Popal, 31, was found not guilty by reason of insanity by Judge Carol Yaggy today, at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street. Popal was facing attempted murder charges in connection with a series of alleged hit-and-run incidents involving sixteen people in San Francisco on August 29, 2006.

SF Community Cameras Exonerate Another Man

The felony case against DeAndre Barney was dismissed on July 10, 2008 after he was proven factually innocent of armed robbery based on San Francisco community safety camera evidence. Video footage showed that the car Barney was driving was not the getaway car, as alleged by police. Barney was represented by Deputy Public Defender Randall Martin.

2008 Juvenile Justice Summit

Chief Attorney Teresa Caffese Named to List of Top 75 Women Litigators

The Daily Journal has selected Teresa Caffese, Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, as one of California’s Top 75 Women Litigators.

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.

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 […]

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