Public defender’s request for workers to be vetted

Though the final decision rests with Mayor Gavin Newsom, supervisors will hear a resolution Wednesday that asks to fill seven vacated positions at the Public Defender’s Office.

To add to the gravity of the situation, the resolution sounds an alarm warning of the consequences of not providing adequate defense, which is required by the U.S. Constitution.

“Failure to meet these standards may result in disciplinary action against the public defender, including disbarment, as well as a reversal of a conviction and subsequent retrial. Moreover, the City and County of San Francisco may be sued civilly for failure to provide adequate representation to an accused person.”

Of course, there are safeguards to ensure that doesn’t happen. The Superior Court also provides indigent defense.

The hearing will take place at the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

 

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