SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After nine months of headlines and bitter legal squabbling over the fate of San Francisco's sheriff, three members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors said Tuesday that they decided he should not be removed from office over a domestic violence case involving his actress wife.Mayor Lee only got 7 votes to fire the sheriff. Here was his argument:
It would take at least nine votes from the 11-member board to oust Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who was elected last fall and mired in controversy before his swearing-in ceremony. But three of the first four supervisors to discuss their upcoming vote said they would not find that Mirkarimi was guilty of official misconduct.
Lee, who was at City Hall for an unrelated Latino Heritage Month celebration, said that was mere speculation — and that the supervisors had to examine the facts of this particular case.No, this was not domestic violence or involuntary incarceration. It was a man who grabbed his wife's arm, in the most intolerant city on Earth.
“This is domestic violence,” he said. “This is an involuntary incarceration of another person, happened to be a spouse, and I think if you narrow it down to that set of facts, you cannot help but conclude, as I did and the Ethics Commission did, that this is official misconduct.”
Update: An anonymous comment argues that the conviction could be considered domestic violence. I quote the Wikipedia article on Ross Mirkarimi:
On January 13, 2012, Mirkarimi was charged with domestic violence battery, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness in connection with a New Year's Eve altercation he had with his wife. While jury selection was underway, Mirkarimi entered into a plea agreement with the district attorney, pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor false imprisonment."So he was charged with domestic violence, but not convicted of it. It is slanderous of the mayor to accuse Mirkarimi of domestic violence, when he was legally innocent of that charge.