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Ross Mirkarimi is for openess mostly (SF Sheriff Comedy)
San Francisco Examiner ^ | May 24, 2012 | Melissa Griffin

Posted on 05/24/2012 7:47:39 AM PDT by Navy Patriot

California state law guards the confidentiality of records and proceedings when peace officers face disciplinary investigations.

Last month when suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was before the Ethics Commission, his attorney Shepard Kopp was asked whether Mirkarimi would be seeking such a closed hearing and this was his response, “We do not intend to argue that these proceedings need to be private. Indeed, we think they should be public. Because I think, at the end of the day, there’s a lot of innuendo and talk about the sheriff dissuading people. The mayor’s written charges say he ‘may have’ tried to get someone to dissuade a witness. And I want everyone to mark my words: when this is all done it’s going to be clear that the sheriff did no such thing. And we want that to be known to the public of San Francisco.”

Such strong words weren’t surprising given that Mirkarimi has long been an advocate of open government. He was integral to the drafting of The City’s Sunshine Ordinance and last November he supported Supervisor David Campos’ legislation to force the Ethics Commission to televise its meetings.

Yet despite his attorney’s statements on April 23, three weeks later Mirkarimi’s lawyers filed a motion related to the video of Mirkarimi’s wife, Eliana Lopez, tearfully discussing a bruise caused by Mirkarimi. The purpose of the request was to “prevent the City Attorney from disclosing this video to anyone other than the members of the Ethics Commission in closed session.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corrupt; domestic; violence
From the newly purchased and newly far leftist San Francisco Examiner (yeah they definitely needed another leftist newspaper).

The good news is they have kept and expanded the beat of Melissa Griffin, the sharpest and most sensible of their asset.

Griffin is classified as a local columnist, but now reports on national and state political events.

And "reports" is the right word, because balanced, well researched journalism is still alive in her notebook.

1 posted on 05/24/2012 7:47:51 AM PDT by Navy Patriot
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