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Appellate panel allows video in SF sheriff's trial

Appellate panel rules video admissible in SF sheriff's domestic violence trial By The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ' A three-judge panel has ruled that a video of the wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi can be used as evidence during his domestic violence trial.

The video shows a tearful Eliana Lopez displaying a bruise on her hand that was allegedly caused when Mirkarimi grabbed her during a New Year's Eve dispute.

Lopez's lawyers had argued the footage should be withdrawn because it was made under the assumption of attorney-client privilege. A neighbor who shot the video, Ivory Madison, has completed law school.

In its ruling Friday, the San Francisco Superior Court appellate division panel agreed with another judge that the video should be allowed.

Mirkarimi has pleaded not guilty to charges of misdemeanor domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness.

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