Man Acquitted in Mission Machete Attack

A homeless man accused of swinging a machete at a convenience store clerk was acquitted by a jury after witness accounts fell apart at trial, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Public Defender Requests State Probe Into SFPD

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi today urged the California Attorney General to open a civil rights investigation into the San Francisco Police Department’s practices.

SF Celebrates Public Defense Day

Public defenders in San Francisco will join with colleagues across the country today to celebrate the first annual Public Defense Day, organized by the National Association of Public Defense.

Man Facing Life Sentence In Mayhem Case Freed

A man facing life in prison after fighting back against a knife-wielding assailant was freed after being acquitted of numerous felonies, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

OCC: Public Defender Arrested Without Cause

San Francisco police wrongly arrested a Deputy Public Defender last year and unnecessarily detained her in handcuffs for an hour, the city’s Office of Citizen Complaints has found.

Adachi to Receive Public Transparency Award

For exposing law enforcement misconduct to the public, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will be honored with an award from the Society of Professional Journalists this week.

Man Acquitted of Abusing Puppy

A jury acquitted a San Francisco man of abusing his pit bull puppy after video showed that bystanders’ accounts were greatly exaggerated, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Unwitting Getaway Driver Acquitted of Robbery

Client, then 19, was a pawn in a federal fugitive’s plan and forced at gunpoint to lead police on a high speed chase.

Testimony From Beyond Grave Saves Man From Life In Prison

A San Francisco father facing life in prison for a violent robbery was acquitted Thursday after testimony revealed another man admitted to the crime shortly before his death, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Former Public Defender Sworn in as SF Judge

Christopher Hite, who spent nearly 18 years as a deputy public defender and was instrumental in developing the San Francisco Public Defender’s racial justice initiatives , was sworn in today as a San Francisco Superior Court judge.

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