Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi Isolated His Wife, Prosecutors Say

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The case against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is looking grimmer after prosecutors filed a motion in court today claiming the sheriff isolated his wife for more than 18 hours after he allegedly abused her during a domestic dispute.

Mirkarimi has been accused of physically abusing his wife, Eliana Lopez, during a New Year's Eve domestic dispute where he allegedly pushed her and left a bruise on her bicep. He has pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges, including battery, endangering a child, and dissuading a witness.

Prosecutors are now arguing that Mirkarimi kept his wife inside for more than 18 hours after the incident to keep her from contacting police or talking to anyone about the abuse. "He kept her silent, kept her from telling anyone, and kept her behind closed doors."

Of course, Mirkarimi's attorney brushed that off as "absurd."

What's more, prosecutors are hoping to convince the court to allow the video footage where Lopez tearfully allegedly recounts the dispute and the abuse from her husband.

It's "a candid glimpse of the victim's suffering," Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Aguilar Tarchi told reporters.

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Yakamo789
Yakamo789

He ought to just resign. This circus is getting out of hand. Imagine what this is doing to morale in the sheriff's office ?

Purepatty
Purepatty

Asst. D.A. Aguilar-Tarchi is spewing hot sauce.  Is there a witness?  No.  Do they have a victim?  No -- not the wife, she told them to get lost.  All they got are emails and a suspicious video.  D.A. spends a million bucks to try a misdemeanor to get the guy who won 'cause their police guy lost.  SF kangaroo court here we come.

Oaklander
Oaklander

Purepatty - the point is to investigate domestic violence allegations.  how often do you think there is a witness?  most cases do not have a victim willing to testify because they are scared, dependent, ashamed and abused.  that's the point.  i wish more men understood this and i get the feeling a lot of the guys defending ross think date rape is a slippery slope and grabbing someone to the  point of bruising is not abuse gross.

Guest
Guest

This is not about a war between "men" and "women". A woman is just as able to do violence as a man. There are cases of female baby sitters doing massive harm to children.

The real point is about and whether a crime was committed.  A fair system requires proof not allegation and without proof even a guilty person must be released. I wish "women" understood this. Because it is a slippery slope. When will an accusation be sufficient to put people in jail? I promise you there will be a backlash. You will have people, mostly men paraded on TV talking about their lives ruined by these laws. The result will be a major rollback.  Already people are being turned off to feminism. My own teenage daughter has been reading about this case. She told me it has turned her passionately opposed to feminism. By overreaching you are harming the cause. Not to mention the people these laws are meant to protect.

Rob Anderson
Rob Anderson

Why is the DA trying this case in the media? Could it be that he's worried about getting a conviction?

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