San Francisco in Cinema: Presumed Guilty

Office space for rent at 2431 Fillmore Street in November, 2002 as Jeff Adachi leaves private practice to assume the Public Defender's office. Adachi had been fired by a political appointee (Kim Burton) whom he later defeated on election day.
San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi is at the center of the compelling 2001 documentary Presumed Guilty. Filmmakers Pamela Yates and Peter Kinoy garnered unprecedented access to attorney-client meetings as they observed the efforts of Adachi and fellow public defenders Phoenix Streets, Michele Forrar, and Will Maas to fight for defendants otherwise at the mercy of prosecutors and judges. Profiled clients include Lam Choi, who killed a Chinese gang leader, and Marcos Ranjel, the hit man in the notorious Pink Tarantula case.


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