Lawmaker gets probation for shoplifting

Jan. 6, 2012 at 10:20 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A state lawmaker in California has pleaded no contest to charges of attempting to shoplift $2,500 worth of clothes from the Neiman Marcus in San Francisco.

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi received three years' probation and was fined $180, and ordered to stay at least 50 feet from the Union Square store.

The charges were reduced from felony grand theft to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal.

"This is a person who didn't have any previous arrests, no convictions, no criminal history and she also admitted guilt at a very early stage," said Stephanie Ong Stillman, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco district attorney's office.

Hayashi's attorney, Douglas Rappaport, said she is on medication for a benign brain tumor and that the ailment may have caused her behavior.

Hayashi, a Democrat, was arrested Oct. 25 leaving the store with a white blouse, black skirt and leather pants in a shopping bag.

Her office said at the time she had meant to pay for the clothes but was distracted.

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