S.F. May Edit Law on Surveillance Tapes

As published in  The Recorder, February 4, 2008. by Evan Hill Prompted by a case out of the public defender’s office, a San Francisco supervisor is pushing to change the rules on accessing the city’s surveillance camera footage. Gerardo Sandoval, a former deputy public defender, presented the legislation to the board on Jan. 8, but off-stage […]

Public Defender’s Office, ACLU, and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Call For Gang Injunction Exit Process

San Francisco, CA – In a letter addressed to the Board of Supervisors, the Public Defender’s Office, the ACLU of Northern California (“ACLU-NC”) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (“LCCR”) requested today that the City enact a policy to ensure that all persons named in San Francisco gang injunctions are given the opportunity to […]

Unearthed Gun Clouds Death Case

As published in The Recorder, December 18, 2007. By Mike McKee. Eighteen years after Dennis Lawley was sentenced to death, evidence literally unearthed last week in a field outside Modesto could bolster defense lawyers’ argument that their client is truly innocent. Scott Kauffman, a staff attorney at the San Francisco-based California Appellate Project, confirmed Monday […]

Man and His Dog Found Not Guilty of Nighttime Attack

San Francisco, CA – John M., 23 years old, was acquitted yesterday of robbery and aggravated assault with great bodily harm stemming from an incident in which he was accused of physically attacking and turning his dog on the complaining witness, Adam McFarland. Each count constituted a strike, and the charges carried a potential sentence […]

Jeff Adachi Honored by the Center for Young Women’s Development at the Cheyenne Bell Leadership Awards Ceremony

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will be honored alongside two San Francisco community leaders on Thursday, December 6 at the Fifth Annual Cheyenne Bell Leadership Awards Ceremony, hosted by The Center for Young Women’s Development.  Jeff Adachi, Tinisch Hollins and Ida McCray will be presented with an award recognizing their […]

Three Local Criminal Defense Lawyers To Be Honored With The Public Defender’s 2007 Gideon Award

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office is proud the announce the recipients of the 2007 Gideon Award: Nina Wilder, Eileen Burke and Christopher Gauger. The Gideon Award is presented annually by the Public Defender’s Office to members of the criminal defense bar, both public and private, in honor of their commitment […]

Bayview Family Man Acquitted of Resisting Arrest and Battery

San Francisco, CA – Last Wednesday, Ronald Brown, a 43-year-old husband and father of three, was acquitted of two counts of resisting arrest and battery on a police officer. The charges stemmed from accusations that he interfered with his stepson’s arrest. On October 18, 2006, at 1:30am, Brown was awoken by a knock at his door. […]

Innocent Woman Acquitted of Attempted Murder

SFPD Destroys Physical Evidence During Trial; DA Disregards Exculpatory Evidence San Francisco, CA – San Francisco resident Jerniece Menefee was acquitted of attempted murder and five additional felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon by a San Francisco jury last Friday afternoon. Menefee faced 34 years to life in prison. On April 11, 2005, […]

Deputy Public Defender Receives The California Wellness Foundation 2007 Peace Prize For Violence Prevention Efforts

San Francisco, CA – Deputy Public Defender Patricia Lee, a 29-year veteran of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, will be honored with the California Wellness Foundation’s 2007 California Peace Prize. The 15th Annual California Peace Prize ceremony will be held in San Francisco on November 14, 2007. In recognition of her efforts to prevent […]

Preliminary Hearing To Be Held in Hit-and-Run Case Against Mentally Ill Man

San Francisco, CA – The preliminary hearing of Omeed Aziz Popal, 30, is set to begin at 9:00 a.m. on November 7, 2007, at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street, Dept. 20. Popal is facing attempted murder charges in connection with a series of alleged hit-and-run incidents that injured eighteen people in San Francisco […]

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