Skip to comments.Ross Mirkarimi is for openess — mostly (SF Sheriff Comedy)
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, theres a lot of innuendo and talk about the sheriff dissuading people. The mayors 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 its 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 werent surprising given that Mirkarimi has long been an advocate of open government. He was integral to the drafting of The Citys Sunshine Ordinance and last November he supported Supervisor David Campos legislation to force the Ethics Commission to televise its meetings.
Yet despite his attorneys statements on April 23, three weeks later Mirkarimis lawyers filed a motion related to the video of Mirkarimis 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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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.