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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 12:40 PM

(Sheriff convicted of crime) Ross Mirkarimi to keep job, supes decide

Source: SF Chronicle

In a shocking end to the melodrama that has consumed San Francisco City Hall for the past nine months, the Board of Supervisors bucked Mayor Ed Lee late Tuesday night by giving suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi his job back.

Four members of the board rejected Lee's call that Mirkarimi be permanently removed for committing official misconduct, an allegation that stemmed from a New Year's Eve fight with his wife for which he later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of false imprisonment.

Lee needed nine of the 11 supervisors' votes to oust Mirkarimi. Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim and - in a major blow to Lee - the mayor's appointee, Christina Olague, voted to reinstate Mirkarimi.

As soon as the vote became official, the crowd of Mirkarimi supporters in City Hall burst into whoops, cheers and applause. Domestic violence victims advocates looked downcast and made a beeline for the exit.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ross-Mirkarimi-to-get-sheriff-s-job-back-3934169.php

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Reply (Sheriff convicted of crime) Ross Mirkarimi to keep job, supes decide (Original post)
alp227 Oct 2012 OP
Comrade Grumpy Oct 2012 #1
Hell Hath No Fury Oct 2012 #2
KamaAina Oct 2012 #3
DollarBillHines Oct 2012 #4
Blue_Tires Oct 2012 #5

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 12:53 PM

1. Good. I hope Ed Lee's vendetta is over now.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 12:57 PM

2. I detest Ed Lee --

but I don't think this was the right move. Our Sheriff cannot be involved with this sort of conduct.

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Response to Hell Hath No Fury (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:01 PM

3. As reprehensible as his conduct was,

it can't be considered "official misconduct" because it took place on New Year's Eve, nine days before he was actually sworn in as sheriff. A technicality? Sure -- but how far back are you going to go? What if he'd stolen a Chunky bar when he was ten?

edit: More nitpicking: He was not "convicted" but pled guilty; hence, there was no tria. What a fiasco that would have been!

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Response to Hell Hath No Fury (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:23 PM

4. Didn't he plead guilty...

to getting drunk on New Years Eve and grabbing her arm?

Ed Lee is a show-boater.

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Response to Hell Hath No Fury (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:33 PM

5. I agree, but to be fair there was no "real" legal mechanism to to remove him

Lee's move was really a stretch...

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