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San Francisco Mourns the Passing of Jeff Adachi, Beloved & Respected Public Defender
February 23, 2019

News Courtesy the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Communications

Received 9:37 PM Pacific Standard Time


Friday, February 22, 2019

Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131






San Francisco – Mayor London N. Breed issued the following statement regarding the passing of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who died tonight at the age of 59.


"I am saddened to announce that San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi passed away tonight. My heart goes out to his wife, Matsuko, his daughter, Lauren, and all his friends and family. 


As one of the few elected public defenders in our country, Jeff always stood up for those who didn't have a voice, have been ignored and overlooked, and who needed a real champion. He was committed not only to the fight for justice in the courtroom, but he was also a relentless advocate for criminal justice reform. Jeff lead the way on progressive policy reforms, including reducing recidivism, ending cash bail, and standing up for undocumented and unrepresented children.


San Francisco has lost a dedicated public servant, and our communities have lost a champion."



"This news is heartbreaking and I, too, extend condolences and join Mayor Breed and all who respected and loved Jeff Adachi for the warrior and champion he was for equal justice under the law. He was truly a public servant and a man I hoped to see in the Office of San Francisco Mayor, one day. May God bless and keep his family and all affected by his untimely demise." Jackie Wright, President of Wright Enterprises.


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