Hayashi Reveals Brain Tumor; Pleads To Lesser Charge

Jan. 6, 2012 | The lawyer for Mary Hayashi on Friday said a benign tumor in the East Bay Assemblywoman’s brain was at least partially to blame for her shoplifting spree at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco in October. Attorney Douglas Rappaport made the comment after Hayashi made an unexpected appearance in court and pled to a lower charge of misdemeanor grand theft stemming from the allegations she stole $2,450 in clothing from Neiman Marcus.

Hayashi did not speak to reporters after her plea, which includes three years probation, a $180 fine and orders to stay 50 feet away from the Neiman Marcus at Union Square. Prosecutors had previously charged Hayashi with felony grand theft. Rappaport said the presence of the tumor was diagnosed before the October 25 shoplifting charge and confirmed afterwards. When asked if the condition may have played a part in her behavior that day, Rappaport said, “It did, according to experts.”

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