Ethics Commissioner Paul Renne was so appalled at prejudicial personal charges in Madison's declaration -- for example, she alleged that the sheriff tightly controlled family purse strings -- that Renne called on his colleagues to reject it and instead make her testify and submit to questions. Quoth Renne, "A first-year lawyer would recognize that much of it is inadmissible."
It would be one thing if Lee simply argued that San Franciscans would be better served by a sheriff not on probation. But the establishment won't be happy with anything short of destroying the man because he wouldn't leave quietly.
The well-financed City Attorney's Office has amassed a declaration from an old girlfriend and 200-page submissions from expert witnesses. It's the sort of documentation you'd expect for a major crime, not a bruised arm.