SF prosecutor arrested in domestic violence case
By Henry K. Lee
January 23, 2012
A San Francisco prosecutor was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of domestic violence, authorities said Sunday.
Assistant District Attorney Sanaz Nikaein, 34, of San Francisco was booked at County Jail on Saturday. She was released after making bail, authorities said.
The circumstances that led to her arrest were not immediately available, and the alleged victim was not identified. Acquaintances said Nikaein is married.
Nikaein, an attorney since 2004, and her husband did not respond to a request for comment Sunday.
Stephanie Ong Stillman, a spokeswoman for District Attorney George Gascón, declined to comment on the case Sunday but said the office of state Attorney General Kamala Harris was handling the case to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
Earlier this month, Gascón’s office charged San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with three misdemeanor counts – domestic violence battery of his wife, child endangerment and dissuading a witness – in connection with an incident on New Year’s Eve.
Last year, Nikaein prosecuted Randal Dunklin, a man in a wheelchair who was shot and wounded by San Francisco police. The jury convicted him of misdemeanor counts of brandishing a knife and vandalism but could not reach agreement on felony charges of assault and resisting police.
Nikaein also prosecuted Ashlee Nicole Haley, the San Francisco State University Gators Cheerleading Club coach who pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the group.
Source: SF Gate