SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wife of San Francisco sheriff Ross Mirkarimi may testify in person at his misconduct hearing.

Eliana Lopez at an April court hearing in the case against her husband Ross Mirkarimi (Mina Kim/KQED)

An attorney for Eliana Lopez tells the San Francisco Chronicle that she’ll probably fly back to San Francisco from her native Venezuela to appear before the city Ethics Commission. She’s tentatively scheduled to testify on July 18.

The city attorney’s office says remote testimony would be fine but Mirkarimi’s lawyers disagree.

Mayor Ed Lee cited Mirkarimi with misconduct and suspended him without pay in March, shortly after the sheriff pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment for bruising his wife’s arm during a New Year’s Eve dispute.

Mirkarimi’s wife has called the mayor’s efforts a political witch hunt and has not cooperated with authorities.

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