San Francisco D.A. To Decide Soon If New Sheriff Will Face Charges

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon hopes to finalize a decision on whether or not new sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with be charged with allegations related to domestic violence by the end of the week.

The sheriff’s attorney, Bob Waggener, said if charges are filed, Mirkarimi would fight them, meaning there could be a very public trial.

“If charges are filed, they’ll likely be misdemeanors and the options will be limited,” Waggener said.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

A neighbor of the couple told police on Jan. 4 that Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, had gotten into an argument on New Year’s Eve during which Lopez suffered a bruise to her arm, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Lopez allegedly showed the neighbor the bruise, according to the affidavit. During the search, police seized a video camera and iPhone used to exchange text messages about the injury.

Lopez last week denied the allegations, saying in a statement that she has “absolutely no complaint against my husband.”

If Mirkarimi enters a guilty plea or no contest, he will have to go through a year-long anger management program, be placed on probation, won’t be allowed to carry a gun, but could remain in office.

The D.A. previously said this would be treated like any other case, but admits that the spotlight is now on his office.

“Obviously you have a high-profile elected official. I can see how the public interest in this case might be different than, quite frankly, the 700 plus other cases that we handled in 2011,” Gascon said.

Gascon added that there is a lot of evidence to go through and that it’s not unusual for a victim in a domestic violence case to not cooperate.

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  • mike

    Different laws for cops, politicians and rich people.

  • Lay off the boozes for awhile

    What a mess his wife got him into. Alcohol destroys brain cells and family.

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  • james

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    Corrupt FBI and DEA use no-knock warrants to enter suspect’s homes while they are away and steal items.
    They mostly steal watches, jewelry and less frequently expensive prescription drugs by returning a second time and swapping them with fakes.
    Some of them where stealing wear item parts off of cars, swapping them with old worn out parts from their personal autos and in some cases leaving the auto in a dangerous state.
    They also loosened a gas fitting to my furnace which filled my garage with gas fumes.

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