Mirkarimi Ethics Commission Ruling: Committee Fails To Reach Conclusion On Suspended Sheriff's Fate
Huffington Post
16-Aug-2012 (2 comments)

SAN FRANCISCO - The fate of San Francisco's embattled Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi remains in limbo, as the city's Ethics Commission handed down its recommendation Thursday evening on the misconduct charges brought forth by Mayor Ed Lee.

In a four-to-one ruling, the body found that Mirkarimi committed official misconduct, although it did not reach a conclusion as to whether they should recommend to the Board of Supervisors that he be removed from office.

Of the six misconduct charges against the sheriff, the commissioners only found Mirkarimi guilty of one: physical violence against his wife, Eliana Lopez.

The Board of Supervisors will have the ultimate say on removing Mirkarimi, a former member of the Board himself, from his position atop the city's Sheriff Department. For Lee to get his way, nine of the eleven Supervisors need to vote for removal.

The Ethics Commission's decision came after a full day of closing statements from both Mirkarimi's lawyers and representatives from the City Attorney's office, as well as extensive and impassioned comments from members of the public.

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Family Picture

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Here is a picture of Ross, his mom and his wife.



It looks like that he might survive the vote at the Board of Supervisors where he needs only 3 out of 11 votes. 

Having his family around for the past weeks has really helped him. I wish that he had done it from day one. He mishandled the case royally.

Esfand Aashena

Taxpayer money is the least of the worries!

by Esfand Aashena on

Taxpayer money on many occasions is wasted and I don't know if this case is the worst abuse.  There are enough support (or lack of interest) on both sides of this issue and the legal process seem to be ending.

This has always been the case of Mirkarimi admitting to violence against his wife, which the commission agreed as well, 4 - 1.  Not sure why the one vote is against it since Mirkarimi himself admitted the guilt as well!

So back to the original question; does Mirkarimi's violence against his wife (the one time and not the circumstances surronding it) merit his removal from the office?

In Bill Clinton's case, it was not "violence" rather an indiscretion, though zealots were trying to say it was purjury.   

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