In one of those “Only in San Francisco” episodes, Iranian-American SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi who was going to go on trial for physically abusing his wife, Eliana Lopez pleaded guilty to lesser charges of misdemeanor and avoided a highly anticipated trial.
The jury selection had just got underway and there were considerations to move the trial to another venue.
Under the plea agreement, Mirkarimi will be sentenced next Monday to three years’ probation, one year of weekly domestic violence classes, parenting classes, 100 hours of community service and fines nearing $600. But he will be allowed to remain sheriff – at least for now.
Among the damaging information was the tape of an incident in which he allegedly inflicted a bruise on his wife that was going to be allowed in the trial.
Also his ex-girlfriend Christina Flores, disclosed some rather embarrassing details of their romance during a pretrial hearing, much of it involving underwear!
She alleged that Ross Mirkarimi had so many pairs of panties hanging around his Webster Street apartment that “somebody else’s” drawers led to a physical altercation with Flores, who told him in response to the suggestion that the panties were hers, “I know my own underwear.”
She further alleged that:
Ross Mirkarimi wanted to bring Lopez to San Francisco to “keep her as a baby mama” in part because Ross “wanted to be like Willie Brown, the ex-Mayor of the City.”
Ross Mirkarimi was still dating Flores when he jetted to South America for an environmental conference, after which Lopez became pregnant.