Victories in CA Legislature This Past Week (Updated 9/14/17)

Two more bills passed yesterday to reform California’s criminal (in)justice system: AB 1008 (Ban the Box) – modeled on the SF and LA laws, restricts the use of criminal records in employment decisions.  Employers will no longer be able to ask about criminal background on a job application, or at any time before a tentative […]

SF Double Murder Convictions Overturned on Appeal

A state appeals court on Friday overturned a mentally ill San Francisco man’s murder convictions after a judge found his trial continued despite his grave disability, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Woman Acquitted of Menacing Neighbors

A woman accused of threatening, beating, and chasing her neighbor in a car has been cleared of all charges, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Man Who Disarmed Drunken Relative Acquitted of Gun Charge

A man who tried to disarm a drunken relative who was fumbling around with a rifle near a BART station was acquitted of felony gun charges, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Bad Guys–Read Jeff Adachi’s Blog on Medium

When the presumption of innocence becomes a joke.

Public Defender Summit to Focus on Use of Force

Melissa Harris-Perry will be the keynote speaker at the May 25 event. Register now!

Bigoted Text Messages to Affect 200+ Cases

Racist and homophobic text messages exchanged between three San Francisco police officers may affect at least 207 criminal cases, including three murder cases, 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.

Jury Acquits Woman of Vehicular Manslaughter

A woman charged with vehicular manslaughter after a freak parking accident was acquitted after evidence pointed to a defective brake pedal rather than negligence, 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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