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COVID-19 – San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Responds

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In response to the serious public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), our office has been leading the way in...

Man acquitted in two waterfront attacks – evidence of mental breakdown

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Reporter Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that, on April 12, 2021, a San Francisco jury determined that U.S. military veteran George...

SF Jury Acquits U.S. Military Veteran on Assault Charges

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: SF Public Defender’s Office - Valerie.Ibarra@sfgov.org - (628)249-7946 ** PRESS RELEASE** SF Jury Acquits U.S. Military Veteran on Assault...

Biden Has a Chance to End the Jail-to-Deportation Pipeline – But...

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In this Op Ed published in The Nation, San Francisco Deputy Public Defender Carla Gomez, Hena Mansori of the Bronx Defenders, and Sophia Gurulé...

SF Public Defender says client’s actions weren’t race based, shares revealing...

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The San Francisco Public Defender's Office released previously unseen video surveillance footage of what happened the morning of March 17, 2021, at UN Plaza,...

Deputy Public Defender Eric McBurney’s Statement on Case Involving His Client...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: SF Public Defender’s Office – Valerie.Ibarra@sfgov.org – (628)249-7946 **PRESS STATEMENT** Deputy Public Defender Eric McBurney's Statement on Case Involving...

Dozens of SFPD officers quit before facing serious discipline. An ‘informal’...

Our Integrity Unit keeps close tabs on the Police Commission and police officer misconduct. Our data revealed that, since 2016, more than two dozen...

California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pretrial Rights in Re...

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For Immediate Release: March 25, 2021  Media contacts: San Francisco Public Defender’s Office / (628)249-7946 / Valerie.Ibarra@sfgov.org  Civil Rights Corps / Amber English Coleman /...

Mano Raju receives James Madison Freedom of Information Award – Society...

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A Message from Public Defender Mano Raju: "I am honored to accept the James Madison Freedom of Information Award for our CopMonitor database. Thank you...

Statement by Public Defenders Coalition for Immigrant Justice on Introduction of...

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DATE: March 15, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: San Francisco Public Defender's Office - PUBDEF-MediaRelations@sfgov.org - (628)249-7946 Statement by the Public Defenders Coalition for Immigrant Justice on the...

Statement from Public Defender Mano Raju Opposing the Call for More...

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DATE: March 2, 2021 CONTACT: SF Public Defender's Office, Valerie.Ibarra@sfgov.org; (628)249-7946 Statement from Public Defender Mano Raju Opposing the Call for More Prosecutors to Address the...