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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ross Mirkarimi's Text Records Released to Mayor Ed Lee

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

No word on whether any of Mirkarimi's messages showed up on Texts From Last Night.
  • No word on whether any of Mirkarimi's messages showed up on Texts From Last Night.

If you were trying to orchestrate a cover-up of your domestic violence, would you be texting your cronies about it?

Mayor Ed Lee suspects that Ross Mirkarimi is a texting kind of guy, and his bid to oust the suspended sheriff might depend on it.

In the week after the dispute where Mirkarimi bruised his wife Eliana Lopez's arm, he and his campaign manager, Linnette Peralta Haynes, exchanged five text messages, according to the City Attorney's Office.

Soon, Lee and his legal team will get to dig into those and many more text messages, now that Judge Harold Fong released the records of calls and texts sent between Mirkarimi, Lopez, Haynes, and the couple's neighbors, Ivory Madison and Carrie Williams.

The ruling comes less than a week after Mirkarimi's attorney's publicized the official's phone records, which showed that he did not have any phone contact with Haynes between Dec. 31, 2011 --  the night of the dispute -- and Jan. 4, the day Madison reported the incident to the police. Madison claims that Haynes tried to persuade her to call off the police soon after. The mayor argues that Haynes was following Mirkarimi's orders.

Lee also alleges that Mirkarimi got Haynes to convince Lopez not to press charges or go to the police. After a 40-minute phone conversation between Lopez and Haynes on Jan. 4, Lopez sent Madison a text saying that she would not go to the police.

But the city attorney has yet to show evidence that Mirkarimi directed or knew about Haynes' alleged actions.

So far, the defense team has depicted a man unwilling to exploit his political power to escape police investigation. In text messages released by Mirkarimi's lawyers, Lopez asks her husband to "use your power" to to stop the investigation, to which Mirkarimi responds, "I cannot."

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