|Alleged leather pants thief, Assemblywoman Hayashi|
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. Pérez 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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