Public Defender Wants $2 Million Owed to City on Ingleside Murder Case for his Office, Not General Fund
|Public Defender Jeff Adachi|
Most of the attorneys and investigators hired to defend the San Francisco Eight were paid for by the city's indigent defense fund. The money in that pot comes from the city's general fund, and not from the public defender's office. So if Adachi prevails in his attempt to get the money back for the city -- and can convince elected officials to reward him for his efforts -- the recouped legal fees could amount to a $2 million windfall for the public defender's office, which is struggling with staffing and budget issues.
"We're asking that the money be refunded to the city and county," Adachi told SF Weekly. "Obviously, I'm hoping that the funds will be used to help my office defend the 28,000 other people we have to defend this year. ... certainly, $2 million would go a long way."
The eight men who were charged in the case are alleged former militants in the Black Liberation Army. Their charges stemmed from the shotgun killing of San Francisco Police Sergeant John Young during an attack on Ingleside Police Station in 1971. Only one of the defendants, Francisco Torres, still has pending charges.
Photo | Richard Bui