Manohar Raju, Felony Public Defender, Appointed by Mayor to Adachi’s Seat

By Nuala Sawyer : sfweekly – excerpt

Chief Attorney Matt Gonzalez called Raju a “fantastic choice.”

Exactly one week after a memorial for Public Defender Jeff Adachi drew hundreds to City Hall, Mayor London Breed addressed a much smaller crowd of media to announce his replacement: Manohar Raju.

“Mano has the experience, the commitment, and the vision to lead this office and fight for those who need a voice — both in the courtroom and in the community,” Breed said. “He has been an advocate not only in the courtroom but also making policy changes: fighting for more African-American representation on juries, going to Sacramento to push for policy changes to make our courtrooms more equitable.”…

Gonzalez, considered the favorite contender by many who know him across the city, took the mic during Monday’s press conference to applaud the appointment of Raju…

Neither Raju nor Gonzales announced any plans to run for office in November, when a special election will be held for the seat. It’ll no doubt be an interesting race; the seat of district attorney is also open and doesn’t have an incumbent running for the position for first time since 1909… (more)

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