Published Feb 22, 2019 at 10:55 PM | Updated at 2:14 PM PST on Feb 23, 2019
Public Defender of San Francisco Jeff Adachi, hailed as a crusader for social justice, died Friday night of an apparent heart attack at the age of 59.
Adachi served as public defender since 2002 and spent more than 30 years as part of that office. He was the only public defender elected in the state and had just been sworn in for his fifth term.
His attorneys served as public defenders in the Kate Steinle case in which a Mexican man was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of a San Francisco woman, sparking a national immigration debate.