Judge will not reinstate suspended SF sheriff

Sheriff of San Francisco Ross Mirkarimi speaks to the press after his sentencing hearing in San Francisco, Monday March 19, 2012. Mirkarimi was sentenced Monday to three years probation and must undergo a domestic violence program for a New Year's Eve dispute with his wife.
AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Liz Hafalia

(AP) SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco judge has indicated he will not reinstate suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi (meer-kah-REE'-mee) or stop the city from pursuing its official misconduct case against him.

Mirkarimi pleaded guilty last month to one count of misdemeanor false imprisonment in a domestic violence case. He was accused of bruising the arm of his wife, Eliana Lopez, during a dispute on New Year's Eve.

Mirkarimi had asked to be reinstated as sheriff, arguing that the mayor erred in trying to dismiss him for official misconduct since the incident took place before he was sworn in as sheriff.

Judge Harold Kahn said in a tentative ruling Thursday that he would not grant Mirkarimi's requests for dismissal or that he be paid during the suspension.

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