Defendants are declared to be innocent until accurate accusable in America’s cloister system, but some in the San Francisco Commune Attorney’s Office assume to anticipate otherwise.
In a alternation of cloister cases heard Monday morning in San Francisco Superior Court, defendants were listed on a sign-in area as “bad guys.”
The handwritten attestant list, believed to accept originated in the Commune Attorney’s Office, was acquired by the San Francisco Examiner from the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.
The account could prove to abounding already cagey of the cloister arrangement that defendants are apparent as accusable afore they’re convicted.
“One of the axiological precepts of our bent amends arrangement is the anticipation of innocence,” said Public Defender Jeff Adachi. “You don’t accredit to bodies as the ‘bad guy.’ It creates a bent adjoin the being that is accused. That person’s answerability or chastity has not been determined. This array of convenance destroys the believability of a arrangement that is declared to be fair.”
The Commune Attorney’s Office, which claims it is ambiguous who created the sign-in sheet, said the adventure is troubling.
“This is actual apropos behavior and this is not how we alternation our employees,” said Commune Attorney’s Office agent Alex Bastian. “We accept been attractive into this amount and accept no acumen to accept this was created by our abettor commune attorney. We do not apperceive who created this assurance in sheet, as about our assurance in bedding are typewritten. We are attractive into this cadre matter.”
The handwritten attestant account was anesthetized about by an intern with the Commune Attorney’s Office in Adjudicator Raymond Arata’s attorneys Monday morning, according to Adachi. It went to badge admiral and civilians who had appear to affirm in a cardinal of cases. Each attestant active beside the case associated with the defendant.
When the account accomplished a attestant who was appointed to testify, she was abashed to see the actor was listed as a “bad guy,” Adachi said.
Deputy Public Defender Ilona Solomon saw the account beside a cloister clerk, took a photo of the account and told Adachi, who was additionally present in cloister for addition case.
“[The clerk] said she had gotten it from the audience,” said Solomon, who acclaimed the agent said she destroyed the list.
“I was aloof appalled,” Solomon said, abacus such hand-written lists are consistently anesthetized out by prosecutors, but she’s never apparent one up close.
When Adachi notified the judge, Arata did not anon booty any accepted activity in the matter, said Adachi. Adachi asked whether the intern created the account and was told the intern could not allege on the matter.
“I do anticipate it is apocalyptic of an attitude aural the bent amends arrangement that bodies who are accused are automatically guilty,” Adachi said.
A adumbrative from the San Francisco Superior Cloister has not not commented on the matter.
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