Press Release – June 28, 2012 – Interim Rulings Made by Ethics Commission at its June 19, 2012 Meeting

John St. Croix
(415) 252-3100

For release: June 28, 2012


At its special meeting on June 19, 2012, the San Francisco Ethics Commission began the evidentiary phase of the hearing on the charges of official misconduct pending against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.  The Commission made the following interim rulings regarding the evidence received as of June 19, 2012 in the matter (chart begins on next page).  These interim rulings are subject to reconsideration or confirmation prior to the Commission’s deliberations to formulate its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors as required under Charter section 15.105.  

The Commission continues its hearing on this matter on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 P.M. in Room 263 City Hall and on June 29, 2012 at 9 A.M. in Room 400 City Hall.

Interim rulings of the Ethics Commission at its June 19, 2012 meeting

 Mayor’s WitnessesDeclarationExhibit(s)
1Interim SF Sheriff Vicky HennesseyObjections overruled.  Declaration is admitted.Objections overruled – Mayor’s Exhibits 8-28 are admitted.
2Deputy Chief of Staff Paul HendersonObjections sustained.  Declaration is excluded.Objections sustained – Mayor’s Exhibits 42-46 are excluded.
3San Francisco Chief Probation Officer Wendy StillObjections sustained as to
¶¶1-18, 25
¶26, first sentence, and
¶¶19 – 24, 26 and 27 otherwise admitted.
Objections sustained as to Mayor’s Exhibits 29-35; Mayor’s Exhibits 36-41 are admitted.
4SFPD Inspector Richard DanieleObjections sustained as to
Declaration is otherwise admitted.
Objections sustained as to Mayor’s Exhibit 7.
Objections on Mayor’s Exhibit 4 are reserved.
Mayor’s Exhibits 5 and 6 are admitted.
5Christine FloresNo written objections received yet from Sheriff to official transcripts of evidentiary hearing in which Ms. Flores testified and was cross-examined. 
6Ivory MadisonOral objections sustained as to
¶5, lines 9-10 (“including . . . salary”),
¶6 except first sentence,
¶11 lines 22-23 (“and this . . . abusive”),
¶12, lines 7-8 (“I was . . . still am.”),
¶13, lines 18-20 (“I asked . . . his career.’”),
¶14, lines 2-3 on p age 7 (“My impression . . . ready to do.”),
¶15, lines 14-16 (“She brought  . . . this threat.”),
¶16 lines 20-24 (“I did not  . . . poor advice”),
¶17, and
¶18 line 11 (but as she knew”) and lines 12-21 (“Since I knew . . . very sad.”).
¶¶1-18 otherwise admitted.
The Commission has not yet made any rulings regarding the remainder of the declaration.
Oral objections sustained as to Mayor’s Exhibit 47.
The Commission has not yet made any rulings regarding Mayor’s Exhibits 48-61.
7Abraham Mertens The Commission has not yet made any rulings regarding this declaration.The Commission has not yet made any ruling regarding Mayor’s Exhibit 62.
8Callie WilliamsObjections sustained as to
¶9 lines 5-11 (“Eliana described . . .  with her.”),
¶13, and
¶19, page 5 line 25 – page 6, line 1 (“I texted . . . attached as Exhibit 2.”).
¶¶1-3, 5-10, 12, 14-20 otherwise admitted.
Objections sustained as to Mayor’s Exhibit 2; Mayor’s Exhibits 1 and 3 are admitted.
9Mayor Edwin M. LeeNo objections submitted.  Declaration is admitted.None.


 Sheriff’s WitnessesDeclarationExhibit(s)
1Emin TekinNo objections submitted.  Declaration is admitted.Sheriff’s Exhibit A is admitted.
2Lenilyn DeLeonObjections sustained as to
¶5 lines 5-6 (“Usually,. . . and know.”),
¶6 (“When . . . withdrawn.”), and
¶¶2-4, page 2 (“Theo began . . . bad for them.”).
Declaration is otherwise admitted.
3Linnette Peralta HaynesAll objections overruled.  Declaration is admitted.None.
4Supervisor Ross MirkarimiObjections as to ¶20 “or my wife” sustained.
¶¶1-21 otherwise admitted.


The Ethics Commission, established in November 1993, serves the public, City employees and officials and candidates for public office through education and enforcement of ethics laws.  Its duties include:  filing and auditing of campaign finance disclosure statements, lobbyist and campaign consultant registration and regulation, administration of the public financing program, whistleblower program, conflict of interest reporting, investigations and enforcement, education and training, advice giving and statistical reporting.

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