Wednesday, January 11, 2012
It's looking likely that San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will file misdemeanor domestic violence charges against newly sworn-in Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.
Prosecutors are "convinced this is very real," said a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.
The case stems from a New Year's Eve incident in which Mirkarimi allegedly grabbed his wife - former Venezuelan telenovela star Eliana Lopez - with enough force to leave a bruise.
Lopez has said publicly that she has no complaint against her husband and that the incident had been taken "out of context."
Mirkarimi's attorney, Robert Waggener, said Tuesday that the sheriff and former District Five supervisor is braced for whatever charges might come.
"We have a complete defense," he said. "I don't think an offense was committed."
Gascón's office, however, believes that a video of a bruise on Lopez's arm and text messages discussing the episode justify the filing of misdemeanor charges, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because the D.A. has not authorized anyone to discuss the possible charges publicly.
Submitted by Jim Alex