S.F. Ethics Commission to Lay Ground Rules in Mirkarimi Case

Mirkarimi will be back before the Ethics Commission.

By Kellie Onaga
|  Tuesday, May 29, 2012  |  Updated 8:13 AM PDT
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SF Ethics Commission Outlines Mirkarimi Case

The San Francisco Ethics Commission will meet Tuesday to decide key rules in the case involving suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

The five-member Ethics Commission must decide a number of things - including whether to allow live or written testimony and how long the hearing might last.  Attorneys for the city and Mirkarimi are expected to have a long list of witnesses. 

Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi in March after he was convicted of misdemeanor false imprisonment tied to an argument New Year's Eve with his wife.  Her arm was bruised and a neighbor videotaped it.  Mirkarimi is facing the possibility of permanent removal from his job.

Mirkarimi has been out and about at events and public appearances trying to tell his story to save his job. 

The Ethics Commission will make recommendations to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

It would take nine out of the 11 supervisors to remove him from office or even reinstate him, but a final decision isn't expected until July or August.

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