Prosecutors Release Mirkarimi Findings

City attorney's office allege Mirkarimi dissuaded witnesses from cooperating.

By RJ Middleton
|  Saturday, May 12, 2012  |  Updated 7:43 AM PDT
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Prosecutors Release Mirkarimi Findings

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi faces allegations he encouraged "other witnesses not to cooperate" as investigators looked into an argument with his wife that left her injured.

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The San Francisco City Attorney's office has released a 55-page filing with details of its investigation into Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Prosecutors maintain Mirkarimi discouraged witnesses from coopearting with them.

The original investigation was Mirkarimi's injuring his wife during a New Year's Eve 2011 incident and any subsequent attempts to dissuade potential witnesses from cooperating with investigators.

Mirkarimi was criminally charged in that case and pleaded guilty to false imprisonment. The mayor's office is seeking to remove Mirkarimi via the city's Ethics Commission on an official conduct charge, maintaining a convicted sheriff should not be in law enforcement.

George Cothran, the attorney's office chief of investigations, reports on his findings, which include Mirkarimi told his wife, Eliana Lopez, to tell nobody about the argument in which her arm was injured.

Some other reported findings include:

Lopez told a neighbor, Ivory Madison, about the incident. Madison informed police.

Prosecutors conclude Mirkarimi "was attempting to dissuade his wife from revealing" information about the incident.

Between Dec. 31 and Jan. 4 there was an almost complete shift in Lopez' wanting to tell police, from "99 percent" sure that was her intent, to asking her friends to not notify police.

The city attorney attests that Mirkarimi violated section 3.240(b) of the San Francisco Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code "by violating his duty to provide 'cooperation and assistance with an investigation into an alleged violation of this chapter' by the city attorney, namely by encouraging other witnesses not to cooperate" with investigators.

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