Bad Luck or Racism in the Criminal Justice System?

by Jeff Adachi Printed in The Recorder, September 2005. 60 years ago, a black maid named Lena Baker was tried for capital murder in Georgia. She was charged with shooting a white man who had kidnapped her and threatened her with a metal bar. Her trial, presided over by a white judge and 12 white male […]

San Francisco Jury Finds Man Not Guilty Of First Degree Murder After Second Trial

San Francisco, CA – A 20-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in a fatal stabbing that occurred during a street brawl was found not guilty yesterday after a four-week trial. The stabbing occurred during a November 2005 melee that erupted in front of a house party in the Oceanview district of San Francisco. The victim […]

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee Recommends $1.4 Million In Additional Funding to Public Defender’s Office for FY 2007-08

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today that the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee has recommended a $23.7 million budget for the Public Defender’s Office for fiscal year 2007-08, a $1.4 million increase from fiscal year 2006-07. This comes after Mr. Adachi appeared before the Committee last Wednesday […]

Study by Justice Policy Institute Questions Effectiveness of Gang Injunctions as Means of Reducing Gang Violence

Report Comes On The Heels Of The City Attorney’s Attempt To Expand Gang Injunctions in San Francisco’s Mission And Western Addition Districts San Francisco, CA – A groundbreaking new report released today by the Justice Policy Institute argues that the billions of dollars spent on traditional gang suppression activities, which include the enforcement of gang […]


San Francisco, CA – On the morning of February 7, 2007, three plainclothes police officers approached 39-year-old John Gibson under the mistaken belief that he was a parolee on the run. Gibson, who was seated near Market and 7th Streets, saw three men advance assertively and believed that he was going to be attacked. The […]

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