Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi Isolated His Wife, Prosecutors Say
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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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