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Suspended SF sheriff disputes DA's version of case

Suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi disputed prosecutors' version of events that led to domestic violence charges against him, saying much of the case was a fabrication and he was the victim of politics.Mirkarimi was accused of bruising the arm of his wife, Venezuelan actress Eliana Lopez, during a dispute on New Year's Eve. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment.In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday (http://bit.ly/I4LKy1 ), he said he inadvertently bruised Lopez's arm in an effort to shield his son from her and guide her back into the passenger's seat of their car to calm a dispute.He said the couple was arguing after Lopez said she wanted to take their 2-year-old son to Venezuela for an extended stay. The boy "panicked" when Lopez left the car and tried to get him out of his car seat, Mirkarimi said, explaining he reached over to put his hand underneath her arm to bring her back into the seat."I thought I was being a father," he said. "I was trying t...

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