Tonight, I reported accusations by a lawyer for San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi that Mayor Ed Lee and City Attorney Dennis Herrera gave the sheriff an ultimatum -- resign from office or we'll make your wife's video public.
Mirkarimi's attorney David Waggoner calls that "underhanded", "unethical" and "sleazy"; Lee and Herrera deny making the offer. At the urging of her neighbor, Ivory Madison, Eliana Lopez made a video of a bruise on her arm from a New Year's Eve altercation with Mirkarimi.
This news comes on the same day Lopez' attorney, Paula Canny, filed this complaint for ethics violations by Mayor Lee and the city attorney. Canny is requesting that the Ethics Commission decide whether it was official misconduct, when the city released the Lopez video last week.
There is a similar case from 1999. San Francisco Superior Court Judge James McBride faced domestic violence charges after two altercations with his estranged wife left bruises on her arm. She accused McBride of slamming her hand into a door jam and pushing her in the face. McBride avoided prosecution for three counts of spousal abuse and one count of witness intimidation, by consenting to undergo a year of domestic violence counseling. Judge McBride kept his job.