‘Dead Man Walking’ Author Sister Helen Prejean to Speak in SF

Author and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, whose bond with a condemned man inspired the Oscar winning film Dead Man Walking, will speak in San Francisco May 9 in a free, community event presented by the San Francisco Public Defender’s office.

Football Fan Acquitted in Beer Attack

A man accused of hurling two 40 ounce bottles of Miller High Life at a convenience store clerk was acquitted after video evidence showed he acted in self-defense, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Protective Father Acquitted of Child Endangerment, Vandalism

A San Francisco father was cleared of vandalism and child endangerment charges after jury members determined he was acting to protect his son when he kicked the doors of a fleeing car with the toddler inside, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

2013 Justice Summit – Gideon at 50: The Road to Equal Justice

Register today for our 2013 Public Defender’s Justice Summit!

Fulfilling Gideon’s Promise That The Accused Deserve a Lawyer

On the anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, read Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s Op-Ed on the right to counsel.

March 19 Summit to Tackle SF’s Tough Issues

Discussion includes poor people’s justice, bail reform, forced treatment for alcoholics, mentally ill.

Eight Jurors Aren’t Better Than 12

Shrinking juries to save money is no bargain, Jeff Adachi argues in this op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Man Acquitted of Selling Drugs, Eating $20

Jury refuses to swallow officer’s story.

Man Acquitted of Battery After Date At Strip Clubs Goes Awry

A man whose night of revelry in North Beach ended in an altercation and arrest was acquitted of misdemeanor domestic violence, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Man Acquitted of Sexual Assault After Retrial

A 22-year-old sandwich shop employee accused of tackling and groping a female customer nearly a year ago has been acquitted of sexual assault charges following his second trial, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

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