Tuesday, November 01, 2011

California Democrat Assemblywoman Charged With Grand Theft

Alleged leather pants thief, Assemblywoman Hayashi
Mary Hayashi, the California Democrat Assemblywoman for Hayward, Oakland, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Castro Valley and wife of former public-interest attorney Alameda Superior Court Judge Dennis Hayashi, was arrested and charged with felony grand theft.

Neiman Marcus security, reported the Sacramento Bee, stopped Assemblywoman Hayashi (D) at 12:15pm Sunday, was placed in custody by San Francisco police, and released seven hours later with bail set at $15,000 pending further proceedings November 15.

When Assemblywoman Hayashi (D) was detained, she was in possession of a shopping bag containing unpaid-for apparel including leather pants, a black skirt and a white blouse with a total value of almost $2,500.

Assembly Speaker John A. PĂ©rez will wait for the criminal justice system to work, but he "believes that Ms. Hayashi has the same right to due process as every person in California. This is a serious matter and must be resolved through the appropriate setting of the courts." Although the arrest will not disqualify Assemblywoman Hayashi (D) from serving the public interest in the Legislature, the "repercussions could hurt her political career, however, even if she is not forced from office. For most public officials, the publicity is far worse than the penalty," said political analyst Bob Stern.

Grand theft in California carries a maximum sentance of 3 years in prison, but first time offenders get off more lightly. And with the state releasing non-violent prisoners, and the testimonial of Hayashi spokesman, Sam Singer, "She is one of the most respected members of the Assembly – a fine, upstanding citizen and a role model," she may serve no time at all, despite the videotape showing her walking past several cash registers with the merchandise in hand. Also in her favor here in Liberal California is that Democrat Assemblywoman Hayasi was born and raised in South Korea, was the first Korean-American woman elected to the state legislature, and shared her story in an obligatory immigrant to success book, "Far From Home: Shattering the Myth of the Model Minority."

And shatter the myth she did, despite voting 'yea' in 2010 on a bill to raise the California minimum threshold for prosecution of felony grand theft from $400 to $950. She should have known that $2500 is way over the limit.

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indigo rose said...

I have a lot to say, and for the life of me, cannot get it out...... I'm a bit angry with this kind of look the other way politics, to say the least.

Indigo Red said...

I know what you mean. It's exactly this kind of stuff that created the TEA Party and Occupy; whether we support one, the other, neither, or both it has to stop.

Anonymous said...

When people spend their time stealing from their constituents, it is not reasonable to expect them to not steal from retail establishments. Don

Indigo Red said...

The problem Democrats will see here, Don, is that Hayashi stole from someone else's constitiuents, not just her own.