Case dismissed against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and wife Eliana Lopez

KPFA Evening News, 03.16.2013


KPFA Evening News Anchor Cameron Jones: A defamation lawsuit against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Venezuelan actress Eliana Lopez, filed by their neighbors, Ivory Madison and her husband Abraham Mertens, was dismissed without prejudice yesterday, according to San Francisco Superior Court records. KPFA's Ann Garrison has the story.
KPFA/Ann Garrison: In January, Ivory Madison and Abraham Mertens filed a lawsuit, arguing that San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife Eliana Lopez had falsely accused them of conspiracy, practicing law without a license, submitting false statements to police, and perjury. Lopez had confided in Madison after a New Year’s Eve 2011 argument with her husband, during which he had grabbed hold of her arm, causing a bruise. Madison videotaped the conversation with Lopez’s consent, but then called the police against her wishes.
Madison and Mertens claimed that the defamation occurred during the ensuing nine month legal proceeding that ended in Mirkarimi’s reinstatement as San Francisco’s elected Sheriff.
Eliana Lopez had this to say about the the case's dismissal in San Francisco Superior Court:  
Eliana Lopez: Well, I think the City is tired of this, and this is a good thing for San Francisco, and I think everybody needs to move forward.
KPFA: Lopez also said that her family is stronger than ever: 

Eliana Lopez: We are doing great. We are stronger than ever before, and we are happy to be together.
KPFA: For Pacifica, KPFA Radio, I'm Ann Garrison.


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