Brain tumor wasn't related to arrest, Hayashi now says
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi now says her brain tumor wasn't to blame for her 2011 shoplifting arrest.
The influence of a benign tumor was referenced by both Hayashi and her attorney after the Castro Valley Democrat pleaded no contest to taking nearly $2,500 in clothing from a San Francisco Neiman Marcus store without paying. Attorney Doug Rappaport revealed the condition after a January court appearance, saying it had impaired his client's judgment but was being treated and was no longer an issue.
Hayashi herself issued a statement after the plea deal saying her "medical condition may have complicated the situation."
Seven months later, Hayashi is walking back from those statements as she gears up to run for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. She said in a recent interview with a Bay Area News Group that it was "too bad" her attorney mentioned the tumor at all.
"My health was certainly not a factor in anything that happened," she said.
Rappaport declined to comment on his earlier statement or his ex-client's interview, saying he hadn't read the article.
"I made hundreds of comments and I'm no longer her lawyer," he said.
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Leaders of good government and labor organizations Monday launched their fight against a campaign finance measure, Proposition 32, depicting it as unfair. It bans unions and companies from using payroll deductions for politics and ends candidate contributions by either group, although both could spend unlimited sums on independent expenditure efforts.
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