FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: SF Public Defender’s Office – pubdef-mediarelations@sfgov.org – (628)249-7946

**PRESS RELEASE**

SF Public Defender Client Deemed Not Guilty; Jury is Hung 10-2 due to Evidence of a False Accusation

SAN FRANCISCO – On February 24, 2021, a San Francisco jury returned a split decision weighing heavily in favor of “not guilty” in a case alleging rape where physical and circumstantial evidence pointed to a false accusation.

Deputy Public Defender Kwixuan Maloof, who represented the accused man, raised concerns through extensive witness testimony and physical evidence that the prosecution’s case was compromised by inconsistencies.

“These are very difficult cases and we appreciate that the jury largely understood that there were serious credibility issues with this accusation. The prosecution and our defense team presented extensive evidence during the trial which lasted over a month, and ten of the twelve jurors voted not guilty,” said Maloof. “This indicates to us that nothing would substantially change in a re-trial and we urge the District Attorney’s office to dismiss these charges to let our client get back to his life and family.”

Due to the pandemic, there is a large backlog of trials waiting to take place in San Francisco Superior Court.

“It was a robust trial, and I am proud of Mr. Maloof and the entire defense team for presenting clear and convincing evidence that pointed to our client’s innocence. There are many other serious cases waiting for a chance to be heard in court, and it is our collective responsibility to keep moving justice forward,” said San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju.

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