San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi Case Goes to Supes

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012  |  Updated 5:09 PM PDT
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The Interview: Ross Mirkarimi and Eliana Lopez

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Eliana Lopez on the Witness Stand

Eliana Lopez, wife of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, took the stand Wednesday, and returned Thursday.

The Interview: Ross Mirkarimi and Eliana Lopez

Suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and Eliana Lopez sit down with Raj Mathai for a one-on-one interview.
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The administrative case of suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has been sent to the city's Board of Supervisors, which will hold a hearing on the matter next month.
    The date of Oct. 9 has been set for when the board will consider whether to permanently remove Mirkarimi from office after he was suspended without pay in March on official misconduct charges.

    Board President David Chiu scheduled the hearing for that day via a letter sent today to board clerk Angela Calvillo and the rest of the supervisors.     Calvillo announced at the start of the board's meeting this afternoon that the city's Ethics Commission had submitted the case to the supervisors earlier today. The board now has 30 days to hold its hearing.
    The Ethics Commission was tasked under the city charter to conduct fact-finding hearings in the case against Mirkarimi, who was suspended after  he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor false imprisonment charge in connection with a Dec. 31 incident in which he grabbed and bruised his wife's arm during  an argument.
    The commission voted 4-1 in favor of upholding the official misconduct charges, with commission chair Benedict Hur providing the lone  dissenting vote.
    The panel decided last week that Hur will give its presentation to the supervisors, who will also hear from Mirkarimi's attorneys and the city attorney's office, which is representing the mayor.
    Chiu said today that the board has notified both sides about the date of the hearing and also requested responses to the Ethics Commission's findings, which will be due Sept. 25.
    The decision to oust Mirkarimi from office would require the approval of nine of the board's 11 members.
   
 

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