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*Video* Public Defender’s Campaign Takes Aim At Bias

Watch 'Innocent Until Proven Guilty,' a :30 video launched by the San Francisco Public Defender’s office to remind people of their Constitutional right of presumed innocence.

Jury Acquits SF Man of Murder

A San Francisco man who stabbed an attacker who burst into his residence was found not guilty Tuesday of second degree murder.

Judge Dismisses Vehicular Manslaughter Case In 2009 Crash

A judge dismissed a vehicular manslaughter charge Tuesday against a motorist involved in a 2009 fatal crash after determining that prosecutors unreasonably delayed the case and police lost critical evidence.

Case Tests DA’s Willingness To Disclose Officers’ Violent Pasts

A police officer and potential witness in an upcoming narcotics trial was once suspended for gouging a handcuffed man’s face with a broken crack pipe. Friday, prosecutors declared they were ready for trial, despite never disclosing the incident to the public defender.

Ruling: DA To Blame For Madden Fiasco

In a 26-page ruling, a Superior Court judge lays responsibility for hundreds of dismissed drug cases squarely at the feet of the District Attorney, stating prosecutors hid behind a procedural mechanism after failing multiple times to disclose evidence involving SFPD witnesses.

‘Ordinary Injustice’ Focus Of Justice Summit

In the wake of two law enforcement misconduct scandals that have thrown thousands of criminal cases into jeopardy, the 2010 Public Defender’s Justice Summit: There Must Be Justice will be devoted to exposing and preventing every day injustice.

Public Defender, Chief Attorney Earn Top Honors

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi has been named Defender of the Year by the California Public Defenders Association, while...

Woman Knocked Unconscious In Wreck Cleared Of Hit And Run Charge

San Francisco, CA --- A woman who suffered massive facial trauma in an accident while fleeing her abuser was acquitted of misdemeanor hit-and-run last...

Jury Acquits Man In Mistaken Identity Case

A man who faced life in prison over a 2007 robbery and shooting has been found not guilty by a San Francisco jury, Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Media Advisory: Forensic Experts, Criminal Justice Advocates Call For Independent Crime...

Public defenders, private attorneys and forensic experts will convene Thursday, March 25 to discuss next-steps following evidence of widespread evidence tampering in the San Francisco Police Department Crime Lab and call for the city’s crime lab to be managed by independent scientists.