Judge Ruling Paves Way for Ross Mirkarimi to Lose Job

Tentative ruling won't stop proceedings to remove sheriff from office.

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    Eliana Lopez and Ross Mirkarimi leave San Francisco City Hall

    Shortly after Ross Mirkarimi broke his silence, a San Francisco Superior Court Judge issued a tentative ruling indicating he would not rule in favor of stopping the removal of the San Francisco sheriff from office.

    Mirkarimi, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor false imprisonment charge stemming from an altercation with his wife, was suspended without pay last month by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

    The former supervisor was seeking a court order to halt his removal from office.

    But Thursday, Judge Harold Kahn tentatively denied that request.

    "All of (Mirkarimi’s) contentions can and should be addressed in the first instance by the Ethics Commission and the Board of Supervisors and then, if necessary, by a further writ seeking review of their decision,” Kahn wrote in the decision. "Petitioner is not entitled to be paid while he is suspended."

    His ruling is not official until after a hearing on Friday. Either party is allowed to contest the tentative ruling until 4 p.m. Friday.