Federal Lawsuit Seeks to End Money Bail in SF

A class action lawsuit filed in federal court yesterday seeks to end the practice of money bail in San Francisco. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, takes aim at San Francisco’s “wealth-based detention scheme.”

Street Crooner Acquitted Of Bike Lock Assault

A 61-year-old crooner who serenades Union Square shoppers was acquitted Tuesday of hitting a stranger with a bicycle lock, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

SF Man Acquitted In Overcharged Theft Case (Video)

A man facing nearly 10 years in state prison following an encounter with overzealous security guards at Target was released after a jury found him not guilty of attempted robbery, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

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.

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