SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A San Francisco judge has refused to administer the oath of office to the incoming sheriff, who is the subject of a domestic violence inquiry.

In an email to the San Francisco Chronicle, Superior Court Judge Katherine Feinstein says she didn’t want to create a potential future legal conflict, should a case naming Ross Mirkarimi be brought to her court.

Feinstein had been invited to administer the oath Sunday at a ceremony at the city’s Herbst Theatre.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

Despite Judge Feinstein’s refusal to participate in a public ceremony, Mirkarimi has already been installed as sheriff, according to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Rachel Gordon. Angela Calvillo, Board of Supervisors clerk, administered the oath of office to Mirkarimi in City Hall on Saturday evening, Gordon reported.

A neighbor told police that Mirkarimi had grabbed and bruised wife Eliana Lopez’s arm during a heated argument on New Year’s Eve. Mirkarimi has denied the allegations.

The district attorney’s office is reviewing the case but isn’t expected to make any decisions until later this week at the earliest.

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Comments (6)
  1. geneL says:

    Very Interesting!!!! How many judges in SF and she is worried about his case comming into her court?!!! She smells a rat and is taking a stand. Judges routinely recuse themsleves for all sorts of reasons, so she could have done so
    in the future should a case come down. Looks like she thinks there might be something to this.

    1. Ann Mason says:

      I’m sorry I clicked the wrong thing on the screen and accidentially reported your comment as inappropriate. I meant to click “reply”.

      You have a good point about the judge not being compelled to step aside from the swearing in process because she can recuse herself later. However, we don’t know exactly what she’s thinking. Obviously, she believes she should keep her thoughts to herself.

  2. NRA Life Member says:

    Looks like he’ll take his place alongside all the other corrupt Ban Francisco politicians. S.N.A.F.U.

  3. tn says:

    Just 5 Words: “Mirkarimi’s wife is soo hot!!!”

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