Teacher’s Aide Acquitted After Evidence Contradicts Officer’s Story

A woman who was injured and falsely arrested by police in September has been acquitted of battery upon an officer and resisting arrest, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Tisha Harvey, a 29-year-old teacher’s aide for disabled preschoolers, is currently cooperating with an Office of Citizen Complaints investigation against the police officer involved in the incident. Jurors unanimously found Harvey not guilty on December 31 after deliberating for one day.

Domestic Violence Victim Cleared of Charges in Former Boyfriend’s Death

A domestic violence victim accused of fatally stabbing her estranged boyfriend was acquitted Tuesday by a San Francisco jury.

After four days of deliberation, jury members unanimously found DeEbony Smith, 28, not guilty of murder in the Dec. 30, 2008 death of Lazarus Pickett. Smith was also not guilty of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, jurors found.

Youth To Celebrate A Year of Accomplishment At BMAGIC Winter Ball

BMAGIC’s 5th Annual Winter Ball provides neighborhood youth with a free, formal party to celebrate their accomplishments in 2009 and welcome the New Year.

New State Rules on Caregivers Discriminatory, Hurt Seniors

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will lend his support Monday to San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos’ resolution calling on the state to reverse its discriminatory new regulations governing in-home care for the sick, disabled and elderly.

Golden Gate X-Press: Uniting Youth and Families With Magic

At the Mo’MAGIC offices in the Fillmore, high school students mingle with each other as they paint and decorate big plastic spheres with bright colors that will adorn the Davies Symphony Hall christmas tree. This is a small activity out of many that Mo’MAGIC organizes to help and unite Western Addition youth and families.

San Francisco Chronicle: Adachi Celebrates Decade-Old Rehab Program

Think it’s tough finding a job in today’s economy? Just try having a criminal record to boot.Public Defender Jeff Adachi pioneered a program a decade ago that allows people convicted of minor offenses to clear their record if they can show they’ve lived crime-free since conviction.

Clean Slate Program Celebrates 10 Years

***Note to media: Interviews with Clean Slate participants can be arranged prior to the event*** WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm WHAT: A public reception celebrating the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking Clean Slate program, which helps those convicted of crimes in San Francisco to clear their criminal history. WHO: Dozens of participants […]

Public Defender Argues for $926,000 in Cost Savings

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will ask supervisors on Wednesday to allow him to fill seven vacant positions in his office–a move that could save the cash-strapped city $926,000 while ensuring equal justice for San Francisco’s poorest residents.

Time For Real Budget Reform

San Francisco’s impending $522 million budget deficit may come with a silver lining: It may finally force San Francisco city leaders and the electorate to make the tough decisions needed to turn things around.

SF Public Defender’s Office Clean Slate 10th Anniversary Celebration

The Clean Slate Program, one of San Francisco’s original reentry programs, was established in 1999. Since then, Public Defender Jeff Adachi has continued his commitment by providing ongoing legal representation to help individuals with clearing up their criminal history records.

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