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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Planning for the last attack doesn't make Americans safer
Topic - Peter Keane
The San Francisco sheriff has a political thicket to get through now that he's putting his legal woes behind him with a plea bargain in a domestic-violence case that made international headlines.
San Francisco's sheriff pleaded guilty Monday to false imprisonment, thus avoiding a domestic violence trial that could have cost him his job and ending the public airing of a personal drama worthy of the Venezuela telenovela that his wife once starred in.
Prosecutors were down to their last chance, and possibly losing the case.
"Generally, domestic-violence cases include much more physical and mental abuse that usually requires something more dramatic than a bruise," Mr. Keane said. "As serious as this was, it appears to be a one-time deal, and the prosecutor did get a conviction for his actions."
"He cut a good deal, and he did get a break," said Peter Keane, a Golden Gate University law professor and a politically connected former chief assistant public defender in San Francisco. "But it was well within reason for the prosecutor to also make this deal."