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News, The Snitch Attorney for SF Inmate Who Apparently Committed Suicide Requested Psychiatric Evaluation

Attorney for SF Inmate Who Apparently Committed Suicide Requested Psychiatric Evaluation

The public defender who represented Alberto Carlos Petrolino in court on Monday was "struck by how distraught he was" and requested that he receive psychiatric attention, Tamara Aparton of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office said today. "He was crying,"…
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News, The Snitch Jeff Adachi to Release More Video of Cops with Sticky Fingers

Jeff Adachi to Release More Video of Cops with Sticky Fingers

As of late, a series of videos has been making headlines more often for busting cops than for catching robbers. Today, Public Defender Jeff Adachi has gotten his hands on yet more surveillance that he says shows cops being the robbers.…
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News, The Snitch Public Defender Jeff Adachi Takes on Police Chief Jeff Godown ... in the Press

Public Defender Jeff Adachi Takes on Police Chief Jeff Godown ... in the Press

Public Defender Jeff Adachi is good at a lot of things -- well great, actually, but he is especially talented at riling up the SFPD, maybe even more so than former District Attorney Kamala Harris. As evidenced by this morning…
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News, The Snitch FBI Takes Over Police Misconduct Investigation from DA George Gascón

FBI Takes Over Police Misconduct Investigation from DA George Gascón

District Attorney George Gascón said today that he is turning over his office's investigation into alleged police misconduct to FBI agents and the U.S. Attorney's office.Following a press conference, Gascón issued a statement that U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag "has agreed…
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News, The Snitch Matt Gonzalez: Legal Skills Beyond Question

Matt Gonzalez: Legal Skills Beyond Question

Matt Gonzalez always was a better lawyer than he was a politician. And while that sounds like a backhanded compliment -- it's really not. The former supervisor, mayoral candidate, fringe vice presidential aspirant, and onetime fair-haired boy of the city's…
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News, The Snitch SF Domestic Violence Case Dropped; Woman Lied

SF Domestic Violence Case Dropped; Woman Lied

Last week, Public Defender Jeff Adachi was bragging about his winning streak in court; he had won 48 percent of his cases that went to trial last year. Today, he announced another pleasurable victory -- one that he and the…
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News, The Snitch Jeff Adachi, San Francisco's Public Defender, Wins 71 Percent of Domestic Violence Trials

Jeff Adachi, San Francisco's Public Defender, Wins 71 Percent of Domestic Violence Trials

Jeff Adachi might not have convinced voters to pass pension reform last year, but he is certainly proving he's good at persuading juries in the courtroom. A new report suggests that the public defender won 48 percent of his cases…
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News, The Snitch Heroin Possession a Godsend for Man Charged with Child Molestation

Heroin Possession a Godsend for Man Charged with Child Molestation

A Cotati man who authorities said was masturbating on a Tenderloin street corner while staring at a 10-year-old child was acquitted of molestation charges last week after mounting an unusual defense -- that he was, in fact, rummaging inside his…
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News, The Snitch DA Kamala Harris Says She Never Saw Report Criticizing Crime Lab

DA Kamala Harris Says She Never Saw Report Criticizing Crime Lab

SFPD Chief Also Denies Awareness of Critique Written by Prosecutor and DNA ExpertDistrict Attorney Kamala Harris and San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón both said today they have never seen and were not aware of a report in which a…
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News, The Snitch A Timeline of Problems at the SFPD DNA Lab

A Timeline of Problems at the SFPD DNA Lab

Through reporting over the past month, SF Weekly has uncovered multiple instances of scientifically and ethically questionable conduct by DNA analysts at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Laboratory. Our findings focus on two lapses in particular: the destruction of…
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Video: Public Defender Jeff Adachi Discusses the SFPD Crime Lab DNA Scandal

As head of the office that represents the majority of defendants charged with serious crimes in San Francisco, Public Defender Jeff Adachi has paid close attention to problems with forensic evidence at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Lab. Here,…
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News, The Snitch The Paper Trail: Documents Raise Doubts About the SFPD Crime Lab's DNA Unit

The Paper Trail: Documents Raise Doubts About the SFPD Crime Lab's DNA Unit

Problems with the quality of DNA evidence at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Lab, and efforts to conceal those problems by government officials, are extensively documented through letters, reports, and e-mails. Below are the key records underlying SF Weekly's…
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News, The Snitch Jeff Adachi: Convictions From Past 15 Years Could Be Affected by Brady Disclosures

Jeff Adachi: Convictions From Past 15 Years Could Be Affected by Brady Disclosures

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi anticipates that criminal convictions spanning more than a decade will be affected by the district attorney's identification of dozens of officers who have criminal or disciplinary backgrounds that could have hampered their investigations and…
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News, The Snitch Jeff Adachi Claims Retribution, Hints He'll Sue City if Supes Withdraw His Funding

Jeff Adachi Claims Retribution, Hints He'll Sue City if Supes Withdraw His Funding

Melissa Griffin has gotten a hold of a letter from Jeff Adachi to the Board of Supervisors in which the public defender insinuates he's ready to try something different and file a lawsuit -- against the city. Here's the back…
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News, The Snitch Office Depot's Alleged Bilking of City Led To ... Calendar Shortage?

Office Depot's Alleged Bilking of City Led To ... Calendar Shortage?

After last week's article, a surprising number of readers contacted us querying where they, too, could obtain a San Francisco Public Defender calendar. Well, why not drop in at 555 Seventh Street? You don't even need to be accused of…
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News, The Snitch Mr. January: Public Defender Sends Out His Annual Calendar

Mr. January: Public Defender Sends Out His Annual Calendar

Public Defender Jeff Adachi hopes he's hit upon his own chocolate and peanut butter combination when it comes to marketing his office. He's always had an annual report, and he's got an ace photographer working in his IT department so…
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News, The Snitch Accused Arsonist's Lawyer Peeved at Cops Repeatedly Tying His Client to S.F. Car Fires

Accused Arsonist's Lawyer Peeved at Cops Repeatedly Tying His Client to S.F. Car Fires

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News, The Snitch Court Date Tomorrow for Man Accused of Slaughtering Dog in Church

Court Date Tomorrow for Man Accused of Slaughtering Dog in Church

Erstwhile San Francisco artist and drummer Joseph Byrnes begins what could be a long legal odyssey tomorrow. The 41-year-old will be in court for a prehearing conference stemming from his Aug. 9 arrest in a bizarre and disturbing incident. Byrnes,…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Jury Acquits Man in 15 Minutes, Doesn't Believe Woman Accusing Him For One

S.F. Jury Acquits Man in 15 Minutes, Doesn't Believe Woman Accusing Him For One

Why watch Judge Judy when you can just step into San Francisco Superior Court?What was likely the most ridiculous case of the week started in July 2007, when a driver took videos and photos of a red Mustang convertible speeding…
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News, The Snitch Public Defender Goes Low-Tech Again -- Spends at Least $5K To Blanket S.F. In Fliers

Public Defender Goes Low-Tech Again -- Spends at Least $5K To Blanket S.F. In Fliers

Public Defender Jeff Adachi made another foray into public pamphleteering this weekend, firing off roughly 62,000 large, glossy fliers imploring San Franciscans to pester their supervisors into restoring his imperiled budget at tomorrow's meeting.The PD spent at least $5,000 in…
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