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SF sheriff Mirkarimi has 24-hours to resign or face misconduct charge, sources tell paper

Sheriff of San Francisco Ross Mirkarimi speaks to the press after his sentencing hearing in San Francisco, Monday March 19, 2012. AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Liz Hafalia

(CBS/AP) SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee gave Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who pleaded guilty to domestic violence, 24-hours to resign or else face an official misconduct charge and the possibility of being forced from office, sources reportedly told the San Francisco Chronicle.

According to the Chronicle, sources say Mirkarimi met with the mayor at 4 p.m. Monday, where Lee gave him 24-hours to make a decision.

Lee said he would begin the process of removing the recently elected sheriff from office if Mirkarimi refused to step down on his own, sources reportedly said.

The mayor's office has said Lee would make an official announcement regarding the case on Tuesday.

Pressure mounted Tuesday for the mayor and other elected officials to address Mirkarimi's false imprisonment conviction after he was accused of bruising his wife's arm during a New Year's Eve argument in front of their toddler son. Lee remained in his office as victim advocates and others called on him to start the process of removing the recently elected sheriff from office.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, if Lee chooses to charge Mirkarimi with official misconduct, the sheriff would immediately be suspended. The matter would be decided by the Board of Supervisors, requiring the support of nine of 11 supervisors to remove him from office.

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