Jury: Man Needed Concealed Knife For Protection

A disabled man who armed himself with a kitchen knife to ward off local toughs has been cleared of criminal charges after jurors determined carrying the weapon was vital to maintaining his safety, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

5,000+ SF Kids To Receive Backpacks, Resources at Two August Events

At a time when families are struggling to remain in the city amid record income inequality, the San Francisco Public Defender’s MAGIC programs will distribute backpacks stuffed with school supplies to a combined 5,000 kindergartners through 12th graders during two August events in the Western Addition and Bayview.

Man Falsely ID’ed As Nob Hill Groper Cleared

A man who police identified as the “Nob Hill Groper” has been cleared of charges after it was determined he was at work during several attacks, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Aunt Acquitted In Niece’s Hit-And-Run Death

A woman charged with child endangerment after a hit-and-run driver fatally struck her 2-year-old niece as the family crossed against a traffic light was acquitted of all charges today, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced.

SF Public Defenders Receive National Service Award

The American Bar Association has selected the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office for its 2015 Hodson Award for Public Service.

Study: Shocking Racial Disparities in SF Courts

African Americans in San Francisco are more likely to await trial behind bars than their white counterparts and face harsher punishment once convicted, according to a new study commissioned by the San Francisco Reentry Council.

Francisco Ugarte to be Honored by Latina Group

San Francisco Public Defender Immigration Attorney Francisco Ugarte will be honored at a May 14 ceremony for his work empowering women facing deportation.

Race & Reform the Focus of April 29 Summit

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Man Who Sought Spaceship Escape Acquitted

A man who suffered meth psychosis was acquitted of robbery and other felonies after a jury determined he entered a Mission District apartment under the delusion he would board a spaceship on its roof, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Man Acquitted of All Charges in Nob Hill Killing

A man who testified he acted in self-defense against a roommate who raped him was acquitted of all charges in the roommate’s 2011 death, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

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