Ross Mirkarimi to Face Three Misdemeanors, Sources Say

Categories: Politics
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Sources tell SF Weekly that elected sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is expected to hold a press conference today, responding to domestic violence charges leveled against him.

A source tells SF Weekly that the District Attorney will file three charges against Mirkarimi, including battery and child endangerment. The Associated Press is reporting that he will face an additional charge of dissuading a witness. Sources inform SF Weekly that authorities are working on registering a warrant for his arrest and making arrangements for Mirkarimi to turn himself in.

Per the source, if the sheriff fails to turn himself in within the hour, police will actively begin searching for him.

We called Jim Stearns, Mirkarimi's campaign consultant-turned-spokesman, but haven't heard back yet. However, other media outlets are reporting that Stearns says Mirkarimi will not resign as sheriff amid the charges.

"If he's charged, he's going to fight it," Stearns said.  "And he's not going to leave office, and he plans to be exonerated."

Stearns told reporters that he and his client have requested Mirkarimi be booked and processed inside of the sheriff's office in City Hall. Mirkarimi is accused of physically abusing his wife, Eliana Lopez, over New Year's Eve, which a neighbor reported to police. The neighbor, Ivory Madison, who also fundraised for Mirkarimi's campaign, told police she was concerned this was a larger pattern of abuse.

Yesterday, domestic violence leaders rallied at City Hall, demanding that Mirkarimi -- who was sworn in as sheriff on Sunday -- to resign. Curiously, Lopez was spotted at the anti-Mirkarimi rally.

Check back for updates as this story unfolds.

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