Mary Hayashi Shoplifting Tumor
Mary Hayashi Shoplifting Tumor - Brain tumor behind lawmaker’s theft? California Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi pleaded no contest to shoplifting charges Friday. After the plea, her lawyer said the lawmaker’s benign brain tumor might have affected her judgment. Hayashi, 45, was seen on surveillance cameras in October taking about $2,500 worth of merchandise, including leather pants, from a San Francisco store.
Her attorney claims a brain tumor caused the shoplifting incident. He says it's benign. And he says she's receiving treatment.
Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi of Castro Valley appeared in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday to enter her plea.
Authorities said Hayashi was arrested in October after surveillance cameras at the Neiman Marcus store at Union Square showed her walking out the doors with unpurchased clothing in her shopping bag. She was accused of stealing nearly $2,500 worth of items, including leather pants.
Hayashi previously pleaded not guilty to a felony charge. A judge agreed to reduce the charge at the Friday hearing.
She was immediately sentenced to 3 years of probation and a small fine.