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Ethics Commission Decides Rules in Mirkarimi Hearing

Live witnesses will likely give testimony in the June 19th hearing.



    The groundwork is laid for suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's hearing on official misconduct charges.

    The San Francisco Ethics Commission decided on Tuesday evening that only a handful of witnesses will likely give live testimony in the fact-finding hearing, including Mayor Ed Lee and Mirkarimi.  The suspended sheriff's wife is also expected to testify - possible by live video hookup from Venezuela.

    Hearsay evidence will also be allowed on a limited basis.  Mirkarimi had not wanted it included at all.

    And the five-member commission will decide the case based on a "preponderance of evidence" versus the more rigorous standard of "beyond a reasonable doubt."

    The five-member commission's recommendation to the Board of Supervisors will be based on a simple majority vote, rather than a unanimous vote.

    Mirkarimi is fighting to keep his job after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge for bruising his wife's arm.

    The commission will hold the fact-finding hearing June 19. 

    Commission members will then recommend to the Board of Supervisors whether Mirkarimi should get his job back or be removed from office.