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gavel.jpgSan Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said today that a decision will be made by the end of this week on whether to charge Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi in an alleged domestic violence case involving his wife.

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.”

Gascon said after an unrelated news conference today that his office is continuing to review the evidence and hopes to decide by Thursday or Friday whether to file charges.

He acknowledged that Lopez is not cooperating with investigators, which “is often the problem of domestic violence cases” that involve victims’ significant others.

He said his office handled more than 700 domestic violence cases in 2011.

Mirkarimi was just sworn in as sheriff on Sunday after serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for seven years.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • David Elliott Lewis

    Sadly and unfortunately, Ross suffers from many political enemies. They come from many sources. Some were made over the years because of his progressive politics, some made in the police department because of his challenges to them when crime spiked in his district, District 5. Some made in the Sheriff’s department who wanted one of their own for Sheriff. Many have their reasons.

    Thus, with bad motivation to spare, Ross will be pursued and harassed. The case against him is thin. Very weak. It still hasn’t risen beyond hearsay from a disgruntled neighbor. There is no chain of custody in this neighbor’s video recordings. It is all hearsay. It is also a private matter.

    Still, the press will exploit this private matter to the maximum. The press is also taking advantage of it as that is in their nature – to focus on bad news, disasters, crime and the worst of Human nature and behavior. Shouldn’t we really call newspapers “bad newspapers” because that is really what they are?

    The truth is that Ross is a good man. I speak from personal experience. I know him. He genuinely cares for others and for making our city a better place to live. So far, he has. He has done a lot of good.

    I continue to stand behind Ross, support him and look forward to our press moving on to the next salacious scandal – hopefully soon.

    Sincerely,
    David Elliott Lewis

  • David Elliott Lewis

    Sadly and unfortunately, Ross suffers from many political enemies. They come from many sources. Some were made over the years because of his progressive politics, some made in the police department because of his challenges to them when crime spiked in his district, District 5. Some made in the Sheriff’s department who wanted one of their own for Sheriff. Many have their reasons.

    Thus, with bad motivation to spare, Ross will be pursued and harassed. The case against him is thin. Very weak. It still hasn’t risen beyond hearsay from a disgruntled neighbor. There is no chain of custody in this neighbor’s video recordings. It is all hearsay. It is also a private matter.

    Still, the press will exploit this private matter to the maximum. The press is also taking advantage of it as that is in their nature – to focus on bad news, disasters, crime and the worst of Human nature and behavior. Shouldn’t we really call newspapers “bad newspapers” because that is really what they are?

    The truth is that Ross is a good man. I speak from personal experience. I know him. He genuinely cares for others and for making our city a better place to live. So far, he has. He has done a lot of good.

    I continue to stand behind Ross, support him and look forward to our press moving on to the next salacious scandal – hopefully soon.

    Sincerely,
    David Elliott Lewis