Thursday, January 29, 2009

S.F. Public Defender Begs for Two Paralegals

Unless San Francisco hires more paralegals, Public Defender Jeff Adachi said that he will have to turn away defendants accused of homicide and other felonies, and he will refer them to private attorneys. Private attorneys will charge the city up to $120 per hour, which could cost San Francisco over $1 million a year.

Adachi has previously requested $50,000 for two part-time paralegals, but the request was rejected by the mayor and the Board of Supervisors. Adachi needs the resources to properly defend clients.

(Source: San Francisco Chronicle)

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