Sheriff and the Soap Star (Part 5V) Attorney wants out of San Francisco


As jury selection gets under way in the domestic violence trial against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, his attorney requested a change in venue this morning.

“Extensive pre-trial publicity and the unique factors of this case make it difficult to seat a fair and impartial jury or inoculate a panel from publicity,” said Lidia Stiglich, Mirkarimi’s lead defense attorney.

“Even if we could get a fair panel, we cannot keep them from the press coverage that is sure to flow throughout,” she said.  “These are problems we wouldn’t have in another county.”

District Attorney George Gascón’s office is reviewing the defense’s request to move the trial out of San Francisco and has yet to take a position.

“The first concern is that the defendant needs to have a fair trial. Part of having a fair trial is to make sure we have a jury that is unbiased. And if that’s what it takes, then we’ll do so,” Gascón said.

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via New Appeal Hearing Puts Mirkarimi Case Jury Selection On Hold.

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