Progressives Can Abuse Their Wives: A "Guardian" Editorial

We at the Guardian weren't going to respond to attacks on our coverage of the prosecution of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi on charges stemming from his alleged physical abuse of his wife.

Some critics were puzzled by our assertion that there were "compelling" reasons for not letting jurors see a video of Mirkarimi's spouse, Eliana Lopez, tearfully displaying a bruise he left on her arm during a fight ["Motion could cripple case against Mirkarimi if granted," 2/23]. Others gaped at our readiness to defend the sheriff on the grounds that other law-enforcement officials beat their wives when we noted, "there are an awful lot of cops who have DV allegations against them and are still on duty" ["Plenty of drama at the Mirkarimi hearing," 1/19]. Still others reacted with disgust when we gleefully rehashed the smear campaign against a second alleged Mirkarimi victim, describing as "fascinating" a defense lawyer's claim that the victim, an ex-girlfriend, once sent "nude pictures that Mirkarimi was supposed 'to enjoy when you miss me'" ["Why Mirkarimi pled guilty," 3/12].

Criticisms like this are exactly what we have come to expect from the enemies of progressive politics in San Francisco. Last week, prosecutors dropped misdemeanor charges of domestic violence, child endangerment and dissuading a witness when Mirkarimi agreed to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment, ending his legal ordeal. Nevertheless, we need to make a few points here, because Mirkarimi's case touches on a civic issue that's at least as important as nude beaches and public power. If it has done nothing else, the campaign of persecution against the sheriff has revealed something troubling: There are downtown interests in this city who think progressive politicians should be prevented from abusing their wives.

For the record: We have said repeatedly that domestic violence charges are serious. There is simply no excuse for abusing your spouse, unless you are a progressive politician.

It's worth noting that Mirkarimi's alleged abuse, as laid out in the significant quantity of evidence presented during pretrial hearings, wasn't that bad. He's not accused of breaking Lopez's bones, as we took pains to report ["Plenty of drama at the Mirkarimi hearing"]. The fight that ended in Mirkarimi allegedly bruising Lopez escalated after he told her she "didn't deserve to eat," according to court documents. The simple fact is that we don't know whether she deserved to eat. (Nor does anyone else who wasn't present.) Yet Lopez confirmed in a text message to a neighbor soon thereafter that "Ross fed us regularly" on a trip with the couple's 2-year-old son to Monterey. Compared to San Francisco's decades-long violation of its federal mandate to have a municipally owned electric utility, a missed lunch doesn't look that bad.

More importantly, Mirkarimi is the progressives' most prominent citywide officeholder. His alleged abuse of women risks making us all look bad, particularly journalists who portray him as an airbrushed Adonis on the cover of an election endorsement issue. This is exactly why we have described the prosecution of Mirkarimi as "just awful. There's really nothing positive you can say about it" ["Plenty of drama at the Mirkarimi hearing"]. Don't buy into the notion that there's anything "positive" about ensuring the well-being of Lopez and her son; it's a classic argument used in the past by Willie Brown and big developers. As we noted in the same article, "More than a misdemeanor charge is on the line."

Which leads us to our final point: It is critically important that no further evidence surface that Mirkarimi is physically abusive. As we previously advised, "Mirkarimi needs to be very, very careful — there are people watching every single move he makes, every day" ["Mirkarimi takes the oath," 1/8]. If our sheriff truly cares about his career and about the progressive movement, he will not get caught committing crimes against his wife again.

 
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VingFooo
VingFooo

I never really thought about it like that, It kinda makes sense.www.Total-Privacy dot US

Sniffy
Sniffy

this is the funniest thing i've read in months. Gawd I love the Weekly.

Meatsack
Meatsack

very good

"Nevertheless, we need to make a few points here, because Mirkarimi's case touches on a civic issue that's at least as important as nude beaches and public power."

Mflinstone23
Mflinstone23

So you guys are still mad about losing millions to the Guardian in that lawsuit huh?

Janet N
Janet N

Is this serious? The abuse "wasn't that bad." If this is serious, the editors need an education on DV. This a textbook case of DV and has what most cases don't - witnesses in that she told a neighbor immediately, evidence and prior behavior. All physical abuse only comes after much emotional and verbal abuse. That is how they groom the victim so they can physically abuse them and the victim will either keep quiet about it (all the emotional abuse is to make them think they "deserved it" because of their own shortcomings) or recant it if it comes out, as happened here. That would have been bad enough, but then Mirkarimi propagates all of the myths about DV publicly. Myths that people have worked years to fend off so victims can get proper services and justice in their cases. Educating law enforcement was a major goal because they are in charge of how the case is initially addressed. Thus, to have this guy have the highest authority in law enforcement in SF, illustrate how little understanding he had of one of the biggest issues that costs law enforcement a lot of energy and time, and then propagate myths about it in his own self-interest is unacceptable no matter what side of the political spectrum you are on. If SF doesn't take a stand like this, what other city would? Your assertion that nefarious forces were at work certainly did not make this man persist in his pattern of abuse.

Allen
Allen

You don't speak sarcasm, do you?

Dave
Dave

Excellent expose of leftist feminist hypocrisy. It's Bill Maher and like-minded "comedians" who feel the need to use the c-word for women they don't like. It was Bill Clinton who sexually abused women (telling Juanita Broadrick to put some ice on her cut lip after he raped her, saying Monica was a nutjob). It was Hillary Clinton who stood by her abusive man again and again, instead of standing up for the women abused by Bill.

Zorthron
Zorthron

you had me going for awhile! an early april fool's prank, and i love it!

"Arf!" Lemming
"Arf!" Lemming

"Communists"...Got'ta love 'em , despite their child like exuberance ,since the 'collapse' 22 plus years ago..Just like the Energizer Bunny , they never quit..they just keep on keepin' on...

anadromic
anadromic

Can I take the liberty of issuing a collective "yawwwwwwnnnnnnn" on behalf of (I believe) most of my fellow San Franciscans? This feud is quite tiresome.

 

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