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Judge refuses to give oath to incoming SF sheriff
Judge refuses to give oath to incoming San Francisco sheriff amid domestic violence inquiry
By The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ' A San Francisco judge has refused to administer the oath of office to the incoming sheriff, who is the subject of a domestic violence inquiry.

In an email to the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/xbbi16 ), Superior Court Judge Katherine Feinstein says she didn't want to create a potential future legal conflict, should a case naming Ross Mirkarimi be brought to her court.

Feinstein had been invited to administer the oath Sunday at a ceremony at the city's Herbst Theatre.



A neighbor told police that Mirkarimi had grabbed and bruised wife Eliana Lopez's arm during a heated argument on New Year's Eve. Mirkarimi has denied the allegations.

The district attorney's office is reviewing the case but isn't expected to make any decisions until later this week at the earliest.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com


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