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Ross Mirkarimi Case: Mayor Ed Lee Files Opening Brief

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SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's mayor has filed his opening brief with the city's Ethics Commission, as he seeks to have suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi removed from office following Mirkarimi's domestic violence conviction.

In the brief filed this week, Mayor Ed Lee disputed Mirkarimi's claim that he did not commit official misconduct because he was only sheriff-elect and not yet sheriff when he allegedly bruised his wife's arm on New Year's Eve.

Mirkarimi pleaded guilty in March to one count of misdemeanor false imprisonment.

Lee says Mirkarimi attended numerous transition meetings with incumbent Sheriff Michael Hennessey immediately following his election and also took part in at least two confidential disciplinary hearings.

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