Attorney: Lopez confided under "attorney-client" rule

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, right, and his wife Eliana Lopez walk away after speaking to reporters at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. A prosecutor says he has charged San Francisco's newly sworn-in sheriff with misdemeanors, including domestic violence, related to a New Year's Eve incident with his wife. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

February 20, 2012 9:48:07 AM PST
There's a new twist in San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's domestic violence case.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the attorney for Mirkarimi's wife, Eliana Lopez, will now argue that Lopez confided in her neighbor only because she thought, Ivory Madison, was an attorney who could offer advice. Madison is the one who called police about the abuse accusations. But, Lopez's attorney says anything her client said should be barred as evidence under the attorney-client rule.

The neighbor, is not a licensed lawyer. However, her website biography says she "trained" as an attorney". Mirkarimi's trial is scheduled to begin this Friday.