Analysis: Damning Text Messages Emerge in Ross Mirkarimi Spouse Abuse Case

One of the major missing pieces in the domestic-violence case against newly elected Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi emerged during his arraignment on three misdemeanor counts yesterday: Text messages and e-mails, allegedly sent by his wife, that prosecutors say demonstrate her concerns that Mirkarimi was physically abusing her.

The content of those messages forms a significant piece of the evidence against Mirkarimi, along with the testimony of neighbors and videotaped statements his wife, Eliana Lopez, made to a confidante. Yet few media outlets other than SF Weekly and the San Francisco Examiner seemed to pay attention to the revelation of some of the texts and e-mails, which cast a further shadow on the embattled sheriff and former supervisor.

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