A retrial is expected in a San Francisco cold case murder in which DNA evidence failed to lead to a conviction Tuesday.
Just three of the 12 jurors believed there was enough evidence — even after matching DNA samples — to convict 48-year-old William Payne of strangling to death 41-year-old Nikolaus Crumbley while raping him in a car in John McLaren Park on Nov. 16, 1983. Read More
The Public Defender’s Office has been undergoing a lot changes in the last couple months, the most significant being the exit of Teresa Caffese, the chief attorney in the office, who is leaving Dec. 31 to start her own private practice. And while it may not match the palace intrigue over at City Hall, the question of who will become Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s No. 2 is presenting some juicy scenarios. Read More