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Judge will allow Mirkarimi’s ex-girlfriend to testify at trial

Monday, March 5, 2012

imageThe session that the judge in the Ross Mirkarimi case began Friday in private with the sheriff’s former girlfriend, Christina Flores—to see if her claims of abuse against him will be admissible in the domestic violence trial involving his wife—was opened to the public today after media requested it, and it doesn’t bode well for Mirkarimi. Judge Garrett Wong said he will admit her testimony at trial, saying the evidence was “extremely probative” and “shows a propensity” for violence by Mirkarimi, The Bay Citizen reports.

Add: Flores unleashed a litany of allegations against Mirkarimi, charging that he had physically and verbally abused her in 2007 and 2008. An excerpt [brackets mine]:

Flores recounted what she said were three incidents of verbal abuse and a fourth of physical abuse in which Mirkarimi allegedly grabbed her arm during an argument, similar to the accusations involving [the sheriff’s wife, Eliana] Lopez.

Flores said the argument began when she found women's underwear in Mirkarimi's home that did not belong to her, and when she turned to leave his home, he grabbed her arm. She said after he saw the bruise the following day, he apologized.

Flores said their on-again, off-again relationship came to a halt in late 2008 when Mirkarimi returned from a trip to Brazil and "reported a one-night stand and he supposedly had gotten someone pregnant," a woman that turned out to be Lopez.

Flores said Mirkarimi told her he planned to move Lopez to San Francisco and “set her up in an apartment like a baby mama.”

“He wanted to be like Willie Brown,” Flores said.

Image: KTVU 2


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