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Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi's shoplifting incident raises medical questions
Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/10/12 | Jim Sanders and Torey Van Oot

Posted on 01/10/2012 7:19:24 AM PST by SmithL

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi voted on hundreds of bills last September. She returned to the Capitol last week as leader of a powerful committee.

In between, her lawyer says, a benign brain tumor affected her judgment and contributed to a shoplifting arrest.

The Castro Valley Democrat declined Monday to discuss the brain tumor, when it was diagnosed, or what role it played when she walked away from a Neiman Marcus without paying for nearly $2,500 in clothing – a pair of leather pants, a black skirt and a white blouse.

Hayashi's attorney, Douglas Rappaport, said Friday that a brain tumor impaired her decision-making but that it is being treated with medication and no longer affects her.

Medical experts said Monday that it is very rare, however, for a brain tumor that does not require surgery to influence behavior so significantly.

In Hayashi's Alameda County district, not everyone is buying the explanation.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: cultureofcorruption; maryhayashi; occupyneimanmarcus; rat
She's a liar and a thief with brain damage, and because she's a Democrat, she's still in office.
1 posted on 01/10/2012 7:19:30 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

You got that right.

Any Republican who had done the same crime would have been crucified for same.

But since she’s a good Democrat, all is forgiven, because she has an excuse.


2 posted on 01/10/2012 7:21:01 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SmithL
She's a liar and a thief with brain damage, and because she's a Democrat, she's still in office.

IMHO you could have left off the word still ....

3 posted on 01/10/2012 7:22:09 AM PST by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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To: SmithL

In general, I’m skeptical of the excuses for crime, but I’m more sympathetic to this one. It is entirely possible for a brain tumor to cause uncharacteristic behavior. Particularly with a politician who is used to stealing being legal at work, it’s a small step to think it’s okay in a store too.


4 posted on 01/10/2012 7:23:05 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: SmithL

Will voters re-elect her? Or will the fact that she’s a good Democrat override the judgement of voters? Will she face a primary challenge, or would any potential Democrat challengers in a primary be afraid of raising the issue, because she has such a good excuse of her brain tumor to explain what happened?

I may get flamed for posing that question, but, it will be in the minds of people. Is she really ill with this tumor, or did it make an excuse for her to get out of the consequences of her crime?


5 posted on 01/10/2012 7:23:16 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SmithL
a benign brain tumor affected her judgment and contributed to a shoplifting arrest.

LOL. Does the lawyer expect anyone to believe this BS? I guess it explains her votes on spending bills though. Every Dem in the CA legislature must have a brain tumor to continue to vote to spend money they don't have and shoplift from the taxpayers.

6 posted on 01/10/2012 7:23:59 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SmithL

The only difference between a thief and a klepto is one’s party affiliation.


7 posted on 01/10/2012 7:24:07 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: SmithL

Completely beyond the pale Unless she releases her medical records proving her claims, she’s a damn, filthy liar.


8 posted on 01/10/2012 7:24:52 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: SmithL

Shoplifting clothes from a store and stealing money from taxpayers is part of a pattern of behavior. She is just a liar and a thief. Or to put it more simply, she is just a Democrat.


9 posted on 01/10/2012 7:25:15 AM PST by detective
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To: Pollster1

No proof, no sympathy.


10 posted on 01/10/2012 7:26:56 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: SmithL

A pair of pants, a skirt and a blouse and it only cost $2,500? Democrat politicians - they know what it means to suffer.


11 posted on 01/10/2012 7:28:00 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: All

So lying is a medical condition?


12 posted on 01/10/2012 7:31:09 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: SmithL

A very good friend of our family fell and the result was brain swelling and minor brain damage. After wards he would sometimes walk into the local grocery store and steal gum, mints, razors and things he didn’t need and could easily afford. Being a small town where everyone knew everyone the grocery store began to send a monthly bill to his wife and she would take care of it. He died a year later.


13 posted on 01/10/2012 7:32:08 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: SmithL

Now, she’ll also get sympathy votes in her reelection bid.


14 posted on 01/10/2012 7:32:17 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: SmithL

The fact that she’s a democrat speaks volumes about her judgement, her mental abilities...and...of course, her morals.


15 posted on 01/10/2012 7:42:06 AM PST by Da Coyote (Z)
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To: SmithL

SHE’S A VICTIM!


16 posted on 01/10/2012 7:42:16 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
No proof, no sympathy.

Given proof in court of a brain tumor, I would let this go. One time only. After being caught, she needs to find a way of keeping it from happening again, or I lose patience with the excuse, but I've seen the effects of a brain tumor, and they are real.

17 posted on 01/10/2012 7:48:29 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: SmithL
It's not a TUMOR!

18 posted on 01/10/2012 7:49:31 AM PST by y6162
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To: blueunicorn6

That was my thought...she stole three items of clothing, all of which she no doubt tried on and fit well, from a top store for a cost of $2500. Surely, if her brain condition turned her into a uncontrollable klepto, she’d be just as happy stealing a $1.95 lipstick from CVS, or a size 22 pair of panties. Be suspicious of kleptos that are only affected when shopping in the best stores, with top end merchandise.


19 posted on 01/10/2012 7:52:44 AM PST by kiltie65
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To: Da Coyote
The fact that she’s a democrat speaks volumes about her judgement, her mental abilities...and...of course, her morals.

From a few years back:
The state will pay $335,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman former state Sen. Carole Migden rear-ended after a wild 30-mile drive in Solano County, attorneys in the case said Monday.
"She's been on the phone and reading a book, doing about 80 miles per hour," one driver said in his 911 call. "She's really scary."
20 posted on 01/10/2012 7:52:58 AM PST by sasquatch
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21 posted on 01/10/2012 7:53:49 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: sasquatch

Then Arnie appointed her to some lifetime 200k job...


22 posted on 01/10/2012 8:05:02 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Dilbert San Diego

She might be termed out this election cycle, and would have to run for some other office.


23 posted on 01/10/2012 9:05:05 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
flamed ???

with giffords still being the rep for her district, they could give this shoplifter a lobotomy and shed have the seat for life...

24 posted on 01/10/2012 9:10:48 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: SmithL

THey showed clips of her ,, what a smug little witch she is.


25 posted on 01/10/2012 9:28:37 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: SmithL

All you know to know about the brain-damaged Liberal wife of a Liberal Alameda County judge:

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Supports Occupy Oakland Day of Action

As participants prepare for the Occupy Oakland Day of Action on November 2, 2011, Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) stated her support for the purpose and values of the demonstration.

“I stand in full support of the peaceful protestors of Occupy Oakland and the Day of Action to achieve economic justice and jobs for the 99%,” said Assemblymember Hayashi. “In the spirit of our country’s historic and powerful nonviolent protests, the Day of Action will provide an important opportunity for Californians to voice their unity for more jobs, public education, human services, and consumer protections.”

http://asmdc.org/members/a18/


26 posted on 01/10/2012 9:53:44 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: ladyvet

That’s sad.

I guess that impairs her ability to govern.

She needs to step down.


27 posted on 01/10/2012 9:57:05 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: sasquatch

Migden was then given a six-figure job on State Boards. She currently represents Agricultual Labor Relations Board.


28 posted on 01/10/2012 10:03:03 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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29 posted on 01/10/2012 10:31:32 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: SmithL

What happened to the ‘I was distracted talking on my cell’ argument. Guess no one believed that either.


30 posted on 01/10/2012 1:14:04 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: SmithL

What happened to the ‘I was distracted talking on my cell’ argument. Guess no one believed that either.


31 posted on 01/10/2012 1:14:26 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: wac3rd
“I stand in full support of the peaceful protestors of Occupy Oakland and the Day of Action to achieve economic justice and jobs for the 99%,” said Assemblymember Hayashi.
Occupy Neiman Marcus!
32 posted on 01/10/2012 5:11:32 PM PST by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised if you see more of that behavior)
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To: SmithL
It's the Carole Migden defense.

-PJ

33 posted on 01/10/2012 5:17:05 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: SmithL

This type of brain tumor only kicks in when you set foot in a Neiman Marcus. Very rare condition.


34 posted on 01/10/2012 5:19:27 PM PST by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than politicians, professors and preachers.)
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