SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) -San Francisco’s sheriff is set to stand trial next month on misdemeanor domestic violence charges stemming from a New Year’s Eve dispute with his wife.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi had requested a speedy trial, saying he wanted to reunite soon with his wife and child, whom he’s prohibited from contacting until the case is resolved.

A judge on Monday set a Feb. 24 trial date. A pretrial hearing also is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Mirkarimi is facing one count each of domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness in connection with a New Year’s Eve incident with his wife. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He’s also due in court on Thursday, where he will request a modification of a stay-away order.

In the order issued by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Susan Breall, Mirkarimi is prohibited from having any contact with his wife, Eliana Lopez, or their 2-year-old son.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The 50-year-old Mirkarimi, who was sworn into office as sheriff earlier this month, has vowed to remain in office and fight the charges.

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Comments (6)
  1. Trudy Sanders says:

    Hey “sheriff” – do the right thing for once n your life – resign and go far far away : San Francisco does not want you or need you. Bye bye.

  2. barbara says:

    He won’s ask for a jury trial because there is a good chance he will be found guilty he will demand a trial by a judge. . My question is Is there a judge in SF can be impartial, remember he was a SF supervisor and now is the sheriff and has for the past 8 years worked hand in hand with these judges while on board. I think the trial should be moved out of town, to remove any hint of cronyism, or conflict of interests.

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  3. David Elliott Lewis says:

    There are aspects to the hysteria and protests, from high levels and low, asking him to resign, and thus admit guilt, before proof and conviction, that are like a theater of the absurd. It is absurd when you consider the crimes of those in power who have allied against him. Ross’s alleged misdemeanors are low hanging fruit that are easily exploited by those who have committed far more serious political crimes – crimes including electoral fraud, cronyism and favoritism in awarding city contracts.

    Truth be told, our shining city suffers a dark past – a history of corruption.

    I know Ross. I know many of his family and his closest friends. Ross is honest. He is a man of integrity. The same is not true for many of those in power using his personal mistakes to take him down. Ross and his family need help, not discouragement or disparagement. Unfortunately, if big money and power win, a progressive leader loses. The city loses.

    This is a very sad story for many reasons. I don’t believe, however, that we know the whole story – all that happened nor the context it happened in. Still, I believe help is needed. What is not needed, however, is this rush to judgment nor this whirlwind of caustic criticism.

    Though all this, I continue to believe that Ross is a good man, has been a great District 5 supervisor and will make an excellent Sheriff. I hope he can overcome these problems and move forward to a better future. Our city needs it.


    David Elliott Lewis
    Photographer, Writer & Activist

  4. Gary Kraus says:

    Does the SF Sheriff’s Dept have a policy with regard to a rank and file deputy who may be fcaing the same alegations? If so Merkarime should be treated the same.