Key evidence in San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's domestic violence trial may be inadmissible

SF Sheriff Domestic Violence

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San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, right, and his wife Eliana Lopez speak to reporters at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.

An appellate judge has put key evidence in the domestic violence trial of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi on hold while he decides whether it is admissible.

Judge Curtis Karnow issued the hold order on Friday for all communication between Mirkarimi's wife, Eliana Lopez, and a neighbor following Mirkarimi's alleged abuse of Lopez on New Year's Eve. Karnow is a judge in San Francisco Superior Court's appellate division.

The communication includes a video taken by the neighbor of a tearful Lopez showing a bruise on her arm while describing the alleged abuse.

Lopez's attorneys say the video and statements Lopez made to the neighbor, Ivory Madison, are protected by attorney-client privilege.

Madison graduated from law school although she is not licensed to practice law in California.

Meanwhile, jury selection in Mirkarimi's trial is expected to continue on Monday.

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