Public Figure's Death Turns Into San Francisco Flash Point

Cops raid reporter's home after he won't give up source about late public defender Jeff Adachi
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2019 9:04 AM CDT
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A 2012 photo of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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(Newser) – A tangled case in San Francisco revolves around the death of a popular public defender and a reporter's refusal to give up a source who leaked unsavory details about that death. All of this came to a head Friday, when the police and FBI raided the home-office of freelance reporter Bryan Carmody and kept him handcuffed for about six hours as they seized notebooks, hard drives, cameras, and more, reports the Los Angeles Times. He continues to refuse to give up his source, and he says nothing that was seized will reveal the name. Here's a look at what's happening:

  • The death: On Feb. 22, city Public Defender Jeff Adachi died at age 59 of what was initially reported to be a heart attack while traveling. Carmody began digging into the story and eventually received a police report with some salacious details, per the AP.
  • Other woman: The report said Adachi had been out to dinner with a woman who wasn't his wife, and they returned to an apartment he had arranged to use for the weekend. This woman is the one who called 911, and the medical examiner later ruled that a mixture of cocaine and alcohol caused Adachi's heart to stop, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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