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Reinstate or remove Sheriff Mirkarimi? San Francisco Supervisors vote on Tuesday


KPFA Evening News, 10.06.12

On Tuesday, October 9th, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing and vote on whether or not to overturn the election of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, in response to charges of official misconduct brought by Mayor Ed Lee.  KPFA spoke to Mirkarimi attorney David Waggoner about due process, also known as fairness, in the proceeding.


Mirkarimi attorneys request and file sworn declarations at San Francisco Board

KPFA Weekend News Anchor Cameron Jones: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will review the findings of the San Francisco Ethics Commission in the case ofSan Francisco Board of Supervisors' Chambers  suspended Sheriff Ross ​Mirkarimi on October 9th. This week Mirkarimi’s attorneys filed a legal brief in which they asked that each of the 11 Supervisors either sign a sworn statement that they have not discussed the case with Mayor Ed Lee, or recuse themselves from voting to reinstate or remove him. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has the story.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi, then brought charges of official misconduct against him after Mirkarimi pled guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a New Year’s Eve argument with his wife Eliana Lopez, who has stood by his side, adamantly insisting that he did not abuse her and that he has been the target of a political witch hunt, as the first progressive to win executive office in many years in San Francisco,   

Suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, left, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, right.

Neither of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s attorneys, Shepard Kopp and David Waggoner, were available to explain why they have asked that each of the 11 Supervisors sign a sworn statement that they have not spoken to Ed Lee about this case, but Mirkarimi himself explained the basic rules of both criminal and civil court which they have asked this administrative court, in which the Supervisors are both judge and jury, to abide by as well.  

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi: The prosecuting attorney is not supposed to speak with the judge or the jury panel about any case that they are prosecuting, and in this case, that potential violation has been percolating for quite some time. And the action that we're taking is a very reasonable action to make sure that there is not any undue or unfair bias in the proceeding by the Board of Supervisors in rendering a decision on our case.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Mayor Lee is not only a lawyer but also the official Prosecuting Attorney on the case. He, not City Attorney Dennis Herrera, signed the charges of official misconduct.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, center, and his attorneys Shepard Kopp, left, and David Waggoner, right. Photo: SF Chronicle

Should the Board of Supervisors fail to abide by fundamental rules that are widely accepted throughout the American judicial system, and should they at the same time vote to remove Mirkarimi, that could strengthen any legal action that Mirkarimi might then take to San Francisco Superior Court should the Board vote to remove him on October 9th.  

Yesterday the San Francisco Examiner’s editorial board published their opinion that the Board should indeed sign sworn statements  that they have not spoken to Mayor Lee or recuse themselves.

Mirkarimi attorneys Shepard Kopp and David Waggoner have also filed declarations signed by San Francisco Building Commissioner Debra Walker and former President of the Board of Supervisors Aaron Peskin, in which they give evidence that Mayor Lee perjured himself while testifying in the case before the Ethics Commission.  

For Pacifica, KPFA Radio, I’m Ann Garrison.



KPFA News: Eliana Lopez on Ross, District 5, SF's Ethics Commission, and looking forward



KPFA Evening News, 08.18.2012

Venezuelan actress Eliana Lopez, wife of suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, spoke to KPFA about Ross, their family, District 5, and the SF Ethics Commission's decision at their final hearing on Ross's case.


Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi in San Francisco and Beyond


Ross Mirkarimi outside the Ethics Commission, 06.29.2012. KPFA Evening News, 06.16.2012

KPFA spoke to suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi about the upcoming  Ethics Commission hearing  to consider whether the Commission will recommend that the Board of Supervisors vote to restore him to elected office or permanently remove him.  


Ross Mirkarimi said he was blown away by the crowd of supporters awaiting him at the 05.29.2012 San Francisco Ethics Commission hearing regarding his case.



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