Suspended S.F. Sheriff's Supporters Crowd Ethics Commission for Hearing

By: Brian Shields - Wed, 30 May 2012 01:12:51 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- Suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi now has a better idea of the process he'll face in his effort to get his job back.

Hundreds of people, many of them supporters of the embattled sheriff, packed a city hearing room Tuesday night as the Ethics Commission began to consider how it will determine if Mirkarimi should be reinstated.  KRON 4's Kate Thompson reports people holding signs showing their support for Mirkarimi cheered as the former Supervisor entered the hearing room.

At one point the proceedings were suspended while officials asked the people in the crowd to quiet down.

During the hearing itself, Kate says much of the time was spent in arguments between the City Attorney's office and lawyers for the ousted sheriff over what witnesses should eventually be allowed to testify and what they should be allowed to discuss.

Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi after the newly elected sheriff pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge to avoid a trial on domestic abuse charges.  Mirkarimi says the mayor acted illegally and unconstitutionally in removing him and vows to do all he can to assume the office to which he was elected.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and for the latest on this developing story.

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