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SF panel says ousted sheriff committed misconduct

Posted: August 16, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2012 7:00 p.m.

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife Eliana Lopez, left, are surrounded by media during a break in a San Francisco Ethics Commission hearing in San Francisco, Thursday Aug. 16, 2012.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A city panel has ruled that San Francisco's suspended sheriff committed official misconduct after a domestic violence conviction.

After a more than 10-hour hearing, the five-member San Francisco Ethics Commission voted 4-1 Thursday on the misconduct, but delayed until September its recommendation over whether the sheriff should be removed from office. The board is advisory only.

That final recommendation will be sent to the Board of Supervisors, which will ultimately decide Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's fate.

Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi in March without pay after the sheriff pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment related to a New Year's Eve fight with his wife, who suffered a bruised bicep.

Prosecutors originally charged Mirkarimi with misdemeanor domestic violence, and other charges.

Lee is asking for the sheriff's permanent removal.


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