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SF sheriff refuses to yield oversight to program

Posted: November 16, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2012 3:00 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's sheriff is telling Mayor Ed Lee he won't give up oversight of his department's domestic violence prevention program despite being on probation in such a case.

Ross Mirkarimi (meer-kah-REE'-mee) told Lee in a three-page letter that his undersheriff will handle any disciplinary actions involving subordinates accused of domestic violence.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle ( ), Mirkarimi said he has no day-to-day role in administering two domestic violence prevention programs and in supervising inmates who are in custody for such offenses.

Mirkarimi was writing in response to Lee and District Attorney George Gascon. They have been urging the sheriff to recuse himself from his office's domestic-violence-related duties.

Mirkarimi is on probation after pleading guilty in March to misdemeanor false imprisonment for a New Year's Eve argument in which he bruised his wife's arm.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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