Woman Acquitted of Charges in Alleged Attack on Barista

Woman acquitted of charges in alleged attack on barista

Judge Schulman Denies Racial Bias; Adachi, Camacho Beg to Differ

SF judge denies allegations of racial bias made by Public Defender Adachi

“Meet Your Public Defender” Event

MEET YOUR PUBLIC DEFENDER San Francisco—Members of the Bay View/Hunter’s Point community are invited to get to know Public Defender Jeff Adachi and his staff on Saturday at our “Meet Your Public Defender” event. “This is a chance for us to meet people from the community and answer any questions they might have about the […]

Skateboarder Not Guilty in Road Rage Incident

San Francisco, CA— A skateboarder who defended himself in a road rage incident between himself and the driver of a SUV was found not guilty on Wednesday, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today. Marcus Huckabee, 31, was charged with battery and vandalism, both misdemeanors, stemming from an incident that occurred on April 4th […]

Judge Tosses Tossed Knife Case

San Francisco, CA— A woman who defended herself against a physical assault had her case dismissed after the trial ended in a hung jury, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.  Mae Richardson, 56, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest, stemming from an incident that […]

“Habeas” lawsuits demand release of 10 detained immigrants transferred out of state by ICE

SF Public Defender, immigrant rights groups escalate legal pressure on Trump admin as anger over abrupt transfers mounts. San Francisco – Local immigration attorneys filed a flurry of “Habeas Corpus” petitions in federal district court today, seeking the release of 10 people arbitrarily transferred last week from the West County Detention Facility in Richmond to […]

The Right to Plea No Contest in a Criminal Case

NOTE: This op-ed will appear in Friday’s Daily Journal to declare that we have the right to plead no contest, a right that San Francisco courts have denied our clients. While it is true that the taking of a no contest plea is subject to the court’s permission, I argue that their decision to deny […]

Public Defenders Win 5 Acquittals in Single Afternoon

Jurors deliberating in five separate felony trials returned with five acquittals in a single afternoon, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Study: Public Defender’s Pilot Program Curtails Pretrial Incarceration, Saves Costs

San Francisco—An innovative pilot program through the San Francisco Public Defender’s office has saved nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money and thousands of jail beds during its first five months of operation, according to a study released today by the California Policy Lab at University of California Berkeley. The Pretrial Release Unit (PRU), staffed […]

Public Defender’s Pretrial Unit Slashes Jail Stays: Study

By Evan Sernoffsky SF Chronicle David, a 76-year-old Vietnam veteran, found himself in San Francisco County Jail in mid-January after a fight with his abusive partner. He had no idea how to get a lawyer, how to get his HIV medication or when he’d even get out. “I had never been to jail and the […]

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