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San Francisco sheriff must face ethics panel

April 20, 2012 | 11:57 am


San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will remain suspended and will face a city ethics commission inquiry, a judge ruled Friday.

The decision by Superior Court Judge Harold E. Kahn affirmed a tentative ruling that rejected Mirkarimi's attempt to be reinstated, along with the troubled lawman's contention that he can't be suspended for an action that took place before his Jan. 8 inauguration.

An attorney for Mirkarimi said he will not appeal Friday's decision.

Mirkarimi, 50, elected the keeper of San Francisco’s jails in November, has been suspended without pay after pleading guilty to false imprisonment in a domestic abuse case stemming from a New Year’s Eve fight with his wife, Venezuelan telenovela star Eliana Lopez. Lopez suffered a bruise on her arm.

Mirkarimi will continue to be without a job, and without a $199,000 salary, while he defends himself before the city’s ethics panel, which will make recommendations about his future to the Board of Supervisors.

Mirkarimi was sentenced last month to three years of probation, 100 hours of public service and 52 weeks of domestic violence classes, and he was ordered to pay $590 in fines and fees.


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Photo: Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, walk away after speaking to reporters at City Hall in San Francisco in January. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press