Sheriff Has Criminal Record Expunged


SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, April 20, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi had a 2012 false imprisonment conviction wiped-away by a United States Superior Court Judge.

Ross Mirkarimi had his criminal record expunged by a United States Superior Court Judge Monday morning.

Mirkarimi was convicted in 2012 for an incident in which he inflicted a bruise on his wife’s arm after he grabbed her during an argument. He was charged with domestic violence battery, dissuading a witness, and child endangerment. In a plea agreement, he was sentenced to three years probation and a mandatory counseling program.

The conflict between Mirkarimi and his wife was reported just days before the sheriff was sworn into office by a neighbor who was shown the bruise by his wife.

Following his conviction, Mayor Edward Lee suspended Midkarimi on misconduct charges. He returned to his position in October 2012 after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted against his permanent termination.

Following Monday’s appeal to permanently remove the misdemeanor offense from his record, Mirkarimiwill have a owns a clean record. The expungement is well-timed for Mirkarimi, who, in November, is running for re-election against former Sherriff’s Chief Deputy Vicki Hennessy.