Don’t Let Trump Use an Accident to Foment Hate

Read Francisco Ugarte’s piece in the San Francisco Bay View.

A ‘Dangerous Felon’ Who Was Never Convicted of a Violent Crime

By Matt Gonzalez Special to 48hills Two years ago, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez was arrested for the death of Kate Steinle on San Francisco’s popular waterfront. The case gained national attention as then-candidate Donald Trump exploited Lopez Sanchez’s immigration status to propose sweeping immigration reforms. Although the shooting appeared to be an accident — the […]

Troubled Judges Group Holding Up Bail Reform

California is on the precipice of overhauling its unjust bail system. Now, a group of judges, currently in apology mode over a party where revelers ridiculed incarcerated people of color, is lobbying for a watered down bail reform bill.

Road Rage Incident Results in Acquittal, Dropped Charges

A roadside scuffle between a Safeway delivery driver and an off-duty Muni driver resulted in the deliveryman being cleared of all charges, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Op-Ed: Proposed Kate’s Law Would Not Have Saved Kate Steinle

By Matt Gonzalez Special to the Chronicle The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week called “Kate’s Law” (HR3004). The bill is named for Kate Steinle, the young woman whose unfortunate death in San Francisco in 2015 has been exploited as a recurrent shibboleth in efforts across the nation to instigate anti-immigrant fervor. […]

Public Defender Launches Unit to Combat Booking Bias

San Francisco—Police booking charges play an outsized role in creating the San Francisco justice system’s dramatic racial disparities, a new study reveals, prompting San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi to announce today the formation of a team to scrutinize the early charges for bias. The Pretrial Release Unit, comprised of two deputy public defenders and […]

SF Public Defender Immigration Unit Launches Today

An innovative legal team fighting deportation on behalf of local residents locked in immigration detention launches today, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced.

Case Dismissed Against Unarmed Man Shot By Police

Criminal charges against an unarmed man shot on the steps of his home by San Francisco police officers investigating a noise complaint were dropped today, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced.

Judge Tosses Most Charges Against SFPD Shooting Victim

Public Defender calls on DA to drop remaining charges against Sean Moore.

Lawyers for Immigrants: Why California Must Lead the Way

California helped reshape our national understanding of justice in our criminal courts. As New York and other cities and counties throughout the country do their part, it is time for California to step up again.

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