San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi faced off with a San Francisco Superior Court judge Friday while defending one of his own attorneys, who is accused by the judge of disobeying his orders in a previous court hearing.
John Paul Passaglia, an attorney with Adachi’s office, faces five days in jail and a $1,000 fine for allegedly failing to step away from his client after Judge Ross Moody ordered him to do so in a hearing Sept. 14.
Passaglia said he did not defy the judge’s orders, but that he was in shock and “reacted to an unethical demand” when his client was allegedly wrongfully taken in custody during the hearing. His client remained in jail Friday.
Passaglia also accused Moody — who presided over Friday’s hearing for Passaglia’s contempt charge — of retaliation against him and other attorneys who witnessed the incident.
The racist judge Moody twice threatened to jail his client, Michael Bayanos — a 55-year-old Filipino immigrant with limited English speaking skills — when Bayanos “took too long” to enter a plea.