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Mirkarimi saga continues

Taylor Wiles | March 20, 2012 | Story Reporters Notebook Politics News and Features

Since our profile of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi hit the news last week, the saga of San Francisco's top lawman has continued. Mayor Lee ordered Mirkarimi to step down or face charges of misconduct, but when the sheriff did not resign, Lee made moves at the end of the day Tuesday to remove him and replace him with an interim sheriff. "I look forward to making my case to the ethics commission and the board of supervisors," Mirkarimi said at a press conference today, "and I will be more than happy to work with a sheriff designee to make sure that there is no disruption to the leadership and to day to day operation of this department." After Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to false imprisonment last week, charges of domestic violence were dropped. Yesterday he was sentenced to three years of probation, 100 hours of community service, 52 weeks of counseling, and $600 in fines.

In a press release yesterday, District Attorney Goerge Gascón commented on the case: "I am a strong believer in redemption. I believe our criminal justice system should embrace restorative justice and allow offenders the opportunity to make amends. The plea reached in this case exemplifies this priniciple. We have afforded Ross Mirkarimi an opportunity to redeem himself with his family and his community. I hope that he will whole heartedly embrace this occasion to change his ways."

For a more in depth look at what lead to this mess in the first place, read reporter Lauren Smiley's profile of the sheriff, "Good Ross, Bad Ross" and for her conversation with him before the trial, read "The Sheriff Speaks."


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