Ross Mirkarimi Hearing: Eliana Lopez Video Allowed, Judge Rules

The now-infamous Eliana Lopez video may be used as evidence in suspended-Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's ethics hearing, Judge Garrett Wong ruled.

The video, in which Lopez tearfully showed a bruise she said her husband gave her, could also eventually become public, as Wong did not tie any restrictions to the tape. The judge ordered for the tape to be released to Mayor Ed Lee and his legal team.
The ruling is perhaps Lee's most significant victory yet on his path to remove Mirkarimi from office. Lopez has defended her husband in the months since the Dec. 31 domestic dispute, so the footage will likely be the hearing's only instance where the victim speaks out against Mirkarimi, who pleaded guilty to false imprisonment.

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