It's a good list, but in terms of keeping his job as Sheriff, you buried the biggest reason in the middle of the pack:"Mirkarimi's intermediaries pressured them to lie to police and destroy evidence — allegations that seem far more like "misconduct" than anything else in Mayor Ed Lee's case against the sheriff"Keep in mind that he was charged with "Dissuading a witness". I remain convinced that this was the charge that he would have been convicted on. The neighbors publishedwhat would have been their testimony if it went to trial: "...it is an insult to his oath of office that, for the past two months, he paid a team of lawyers to relentlessly attempt to discredit, dissuade and harm my wife."
"The last time I spoke to Eliana was when she called me on Jan. 4. I recognized what I thought was Ross' voice in the background as Eliana pressured me to destroy evidence and lie to the police. Then she repeatedly called Ivory, demanding that Ivory destroy the video, e-mail and texts from Eliana about the incident. I'm an attorney, but even if I were not, I would not destroy evidence, obstruct justice or lie to the police, and neither would my wife. Our criminal justice system can work only if most people follow the law and tell the truth to law enforcement."
"After we refused to lie, Ross, Eliana and attorneys working for them attacked Ivory's character and motives. This included falsely accusing her of implausible criminal activity, such as being part of a vast political conspiracy to frame Ross, and practicing law without a license."
"Among other efforts to silence my wife, a dramatic letter was delivered to us demanding that she not testify and falsely claiming that she would be acting illegally if she did so. Attorney Paula Canny, who Ross recently admitted is being paid for by him and his "legal defense fund," signed the letter."
Dissuading a witness, intimidating a witness, tampering with witnesses, attempting to destroy evidence. Misconduct indeed.
This is why he cannot under any circumstances be permitted to continue as Sheriff. If the Board of Supervisors do not understand this (and I suspect he can find three who do not and will beat that rap), he must be recalled.
Many of his apologists are of the mindset that if there is no conviction there was no crime, insisting that because the plea bargain dropped those charges, they didn't happen. Really. Do tell that to all the victims of the world who had felony charges dropped "to spare you the ordeal of testifying" as with Richard Allen Davies ... all the sex felonies dropped so he didn't have to register as a sex offender .. so tell all those victims, like all the child victims of catholic priests, that because there was no conviction, no admission of guilt, that no crime happened. I can tell you this, no one is ever arrested on a first offense, and those released almost always reoffend. Because when you are an adult who chooses to abuse, it's a sign you just ain't right and you can't be trusted, ever.