Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

Mirkarimi pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges

New San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanors for allegations of domestic violence this afternoon in a San Francisco Superior Court courtroom.

The Thursday, January 19 appearance before Judge Susan Breall was Mirkarimi’s first in the legal case stemming from an incident with his wife on New Year’s Eve. His attorney, Robert Waggener, entered the pleas to each of the charges on behalf of the sheriff.

Mirkarimi is charged with one count of domestic violence battery, one count of child endangerment, and one count of dissuading a witness. Both he and his wife Eliana Lopez, a former Venezuelan telenovela star, have repeatedly denied the charges since the scandal broke Thursday, January 5. Lopez was in the courtroom today.

The former District 5 supervisor is accused of allegedly grabbing his wife during a New Year’s Eve incident that reportedly left marks on her arm. A neighbor called police to report the incident, and police inspectors obtained a search warrant and confiscated a video reported to contain evidence of Lopez’s injuries as well as a cell phone with text messages confirming what occurred.

— Matthew S. Bajko, January 19, 2012 @ 4:22 pm PST
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