Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s trial date set, lawyer says case ‘overblown’ 

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San Francisco’s Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi showed up in San Francisco Superior Court on Monday morning at 9:17 a.m., briefly sat before the judge while court dates were set, and then walked away, all while refusing to address the group of reporters who asked him for comment on his way in and out of the court room.

Mirkarimi, usually outspoken, has not spoken publicly about the criminal case brought against him by the District Attorney since he was booked Jan. 13 on three misdemeanor charges related to an alleged New Year’s Eve domestic violence incident which left his wife’s arm bruised.

Mirkarimi will return to court Thursday to ask the judge to lift an order preventing him from going home and from communicating with his wife Eliana Lopez. A trial date in the case was set for Feb. 24.

Mirkarimi’s attorney Robert Waggener called the criminal case “overblown.”

“I will say now that I have had a chance to review the materials provided to me it’s one of the more overblown cases I’ve seen in the 28 years I’ve been in the building,” Waggener said outside of the courtroom Monday morning. “But we’ll proceed to trial and we’ll be ready for it.”

Mirkarimi is fighting charges of domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness.

“There are a number of reasons why it’s overblown — in terms of the investigation, the publicity, the amount of evidence that exists. That’s all I have to say,” Waggender said.

Other dates scheduled Monday in the criminal case included a Jan. 30 status update (Mirkarimi does not have to attend that proceeding) and a pretrial appearance was set for Feb. 16.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com-

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