In light of two law enforcement misconduct scandals that have jeopardized thousands of criminal cases, this 2010 Public Defender’s Justice Summit will be devoted to the topic of exposing and preventing everyday injustice, according to the Public Defender’s Office.
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who is co-hosting the summit, said the discussions would be relevant given a duo of scandals that rattled the community in San Francisco: A lab tech whose cocaine theft unmasked rampant evidence tampering at the Police Department crime lab and a revelation that prosecutors failed to disclose the criminal convictions and misconduct of more than 80 officers who testified in criminal prosecutions.
Experts on wrongful conviction, prosecutorial misconduct and media will join bestselling authors, law professors, reporters and celebrity attorneys on Wednesday. The free event, which is open to the public, will be held 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium in San Francisco Main Library. Seating is limited and all attendees must register at sfpublicdefender.org.
“There couldn’t be a better time to have a frank discussion about the everyday injustices that make it difficult for ordinary citizens to get a fair shake,” Adachi said. “Our speakers will explore how to prevent systematic failures like the ones we’ve seen in San Francisco and discuss just how commonly these miscarriages of justice occur.”