Ross Mirkarimi Loses Fight to Lift Restraining Order, More Texts from His Wife Revealed

Mirkarimi's wife told neighbor about potential child-neglect episode in which son was left in the car and not fed. Mirkarimi has gone to three counseling sessions.

A Superior Court judge refused to lift a restraining order Thursday preventing Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from seeing his wife, Eliana Lopez, and 2-year-old son until Mikarimi seeks batterer's treatment. 

The decision comes despite a Child Protective Services investigation that indicated his son, Theo, had not suffered any abuse other than the ill effects of separation from his father, according to Mirkarimi's new attorney, Lidia Stiglich. The order was imposed in San Francisco Superior Court last week after Mirkarimi pleaded no guilty charges of domestic abuse, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness

Judge Susan Breall said that the sheriff could file an expedited petition for supervision of his child in family court. 
“I know that Sheriff Mirkarimi would not want any special treatment because he's the sheriff,” Breall said, drawing a smirk from the otherwise grim-faced Mirkarimi. “The practice of the court is to not modify a stay away order until [the defendant] seeks batterer's therapy — not just private psychological counseling.” 
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