Ross Mirkarimi Trial

March 13, 2012 by staff 

Ross Mirkarimi Trial, An emotional video involving the wife of San Francisco’s sheriff can be used as evidence during his trial on domestic violence charges, a three-judge panel ruled Friday.

Ross Mirkarimi, 50, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness for allegedly grabbing his wife, Venezuelan actress Eliana Lopez, in front of their toddler son in their San Francisco home on New Year’s Eve.

The couple has denied the incident. Mirkarimi could face up to a year in jail, if convicted.

The decision by the San Francisco Superior Court appellate division panel means a jury can see the video in which Lopez, 36, tearfully describes the alleged incident and a bruise on her right bicep. It’s also is a victory for prosecutors who have argued that the video is a key piece of evidence in their case against Mirkarimi.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling and look forward to moving ahead with the trial,” said Stephanie Ong Stillman, a spokeswoman for District Attorney George Gascon.

Lopez’s lawyer, Paula Canny, argued that the video made by Ivory Madison, Lopez’s neighbor and who she thought was a lawyer, should be withdrawn because it was made under the assumption of attorney-client privilege. Madison graduated from law school, but is not a licensed attorney.

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