Jennifer Johnson Honored With Mental Health Award

San Francisco Deputy Public Defender Jennifer Johnson has been honored by state officials and mental health leaders for her championing efforts to end criminalization of individuals with mental illness.

Former Restaurant Manager Found Not Guilty of Burglary, Theft

A 29-year-old man on trial for burglarizing his former workplace was quickly acquitted after jurors learned that police failed to properly investigate the crime, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Mo’ MAGIC Director Honored By Civil Rights Group

For her work empowering youth in the Western Addition, Mo’ MAGIC Director Sheryl Davis will be honored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Man Acquitted of Vehicle Tampering in Mistaken Identity Case

A 48-year-old man with no criminal history was cleared of vehicle tampering and vandalism charges after a jury determined he was the victim of mistaken identity, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Appeals Court: Chronic Inebriate Program Unconstitutional

San Francisco’s new chronic inebriate court misuses the civil contempt process to keep people jailed without trial, a practice that must be abandoned, the California Court of Appeal ruled Thursday.

SF Public Defenders Won Half of Trials In 2012

Annual Report and calendar highlight year of achievements

SF Dad Cleared of Battery After Spending Month in Jail

A San Francisco father who spent more than a month behind bars for battery was acquitted after a jury determined he acted in self-defense, Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Man Acquitted of Seven Counts of Attempted Murder

A San Francisco jury acquitted a man of seven counts of attempted murder after evidence showed that the fire he caused in 2010 was the unintended result of a botched suicide attempt, Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Video Exonerates Man in Castro Battery

A 50-year-old man was acquitted of a Castro Street battery after footage of the confrontation revealed he acted in self defense while cornered and intimidated by two men, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

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