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Hayashi, represented by attorney, skips court appearance

Original post made on Nov 16, 2011

A state assemblywoman accused of shoplifting at a Neiman Marcus store in San Francisco's Union Square in October did not appear in court for a hearing yesterday and was excused from appearing at the next hearing in December.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 1:26 PM

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Posted by sticky fingers, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

"District Attorney's Office spokesman Omid Talai said prosecutors had requested that Hayashi appear at the hearings "to treat her the way any other defendant would be treated."
LOL----since when are the ruling class treated the same as the working class. She represents the abuses that some of the occupy movement are railing against and yet, where is their outrage at this type of treatment. Time to roust the malcontents from their tents and picket the courthouse and Hayashi's home, lest yee be considered hypocrites.


Posted by Jwoon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

Yes indeed. As sticky fingers says, we need to picket the sinner's home. She must make close to 200K a year, which clearly places her in the ruling class. She needs to be taken down a peg.

The biggest obstacle to real justice in our community is liberal laws, and liberal courts, and liberal criminal justice system. Due process? Most of us stay out of trouble and don't need due process. If the police arrest you, then as my esteemed father used to say, "You are probably guilty as sin."

Sarah Palin has the right idea. "I would like to see the players not suffer more than they have suffered. As for the perp, and perps, though, that allowed the sinfulness to go on as they had allowed in the past, you know, I say about this assistant coach, Sandusky--hang him from the highest tree, I'll bring the rope."

Same thing with Hayashi. Who needs a courtroom when I know she's guilty? I would never get so distracted to forget to pay for items in the store. I'm too concerned about my own money. And so since everyone in this world is like me, then Hayashi is guilty. You expect my taxdollars to pay for the judge and jury and prosecutor and the courtroom proceedings and.... Well just like Sarah says about Sandusky, I say the same thing about Hayashi. She's a sinner and should be treated to taxpayer justice. I'll bring the rope!

And just wait and see. This foreigner who snuck into office (birth certificate anyone?) is going to collect a HUGE pension after she retires. I don't get a huge pension. Why should anybody else, especially this sinner?


Posted by Klisvak, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

Come on, give her a break. She can't help it. It is in her nature. She is a member of democratic party.


Posted by Joe Crosslin, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

She was probably texting her stock broker to see if she could get in on that same Visa stock sale that Nancy Pelosi was able to procure.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 16, 2011 at 9:12 am

I was under the impression that somebody had given Palin a good flush and said be gone!
Same with Bachmann and Cain...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

She may not receive a pension. What if she dies early? duh...

I hear she's gonna have another baby...all the more reason to convict her and her demon baby...signed, steve


Posted by Termite Queen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

You are right Joe!!


Posted by Eric, a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

Amazing, defense lawyers are so clever, I never would have thought of that one. Texting, calling on her cell phone, and shoplifting, all at the same time. That is multi-tasking at it's best, no wonder she's in public office.


Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

Her judge husband Dennis Hayashi must have some dirt on the judge and/or the prosecuting attorney that could be used to blackmail them. Very suspicious that the judge initially wanted to treat this Korean-American thief equally - then after the secretive huddle, he reversed his decision.


Posted by Scott Walsh, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

I think when an "Elected" gets caught up in something like this that he/she should be "sidelined" until the matter is adjudicated. Why should that person be doing the "People's" work? She put herself in this position, whether she is guilty or not and should not be collecting a check right now. Let the "attacks" begin on my view as we have no sense of right or wrong anymore, as the Moral Compass has long set sail in this country, corrupt politicians, sexual predators, banks....just my take.


Posted by D W, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

Seeing 'Sticky Fingers''s Post Name makes me want to put on my Rolling Stones record. "Brown Sugar", anyone? "Wild Horses" couldn't keep political talk away, I guess, LOL.


Posted by Janet Yarbrough, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

Hey Joe Crosslin that was pretty good.


Posted by kim, a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

I am truely amazed. In the liberal cesspool we live in, none of you come to her defense? Will wonders never cease.


Posted by Member, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

The court appearance here was what is called an arraignment. The main purpose is to be formally informed of the charges, and to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
In a misdemeanor case, the attorney often appears for the defendant, and the defendant does not appear.
In a felony case, which this one is, the defendant is typically required to appear even though the defendant's attorney is also there.
So, Hayashi should have appeared at this hearing, because she is charged with a felony, and a defendant normally appears at the arraignment in a felony case.
When the judge initially said that Hayashi would be required to appear at future hearings, that was just following the normal rule as the DA requested, and not giving Hayashi any special treatment.
When the judge changed his decision on that point after discussion with Hayashi's defense attorney, the judge was giving Hayashi special treatment that would not be given to any of her constituents.
This seems to support the view that Hayashi considers herself to be a member of the "elite" by being a politician.
The "off the record" discussion before the judge reversed his initial decision probably involved the judge being "reminded" by Hayashi's defense attorney that Hayashi is a politician and that Hayashi's husband is a judge in neighboring Alameda County.
Personally, I think Hayashi should be required to fully experience what her constituents would experience if any of them did what she did. This involves an arrest, being booked, a mug shot, and showing up in person at a court appearance.
Allowing Hayashi to skip out on an embarrassing and educational experience like that just reinforces her view of herself as an "elite" and it just allows her to continue to think that she is above the law. Spending even a few hours in jail would probably help too. Look at Lindsey Lohan -- she is continually being cut some slack by the system, and she has never learned.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Kim said: "I am truely amazed. In the liberal cesspool we live in, none of you come to her defense? Will wonders never cease."

How can anyone either defend her OR condemn her? She hasn't yet been to trial, remember?

And as for all of you who are attempting to turn this into some sort of proof that only a Democrat would ever get accused of shoplifting and that Republicans how somehow morally superior, here's a reminder that should bring you back to Earth:

Bush adviser loses law license over shoplifting (Web Link)


Posted by Assembly Dist. resident, a resident of Dublin
on Nov 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

All partisanship aside, (which appears impossible here), we need a full open trial of Hayashi, not a plea to a lesser charge.

If the video supports the facts as presented, and the only defense is that she was on the cell phone AND texting, all following taking the items to the cafe, then passing multiple registers on the way to the door....then leaving and walking some 150 feet before being stopped.

If all that is as purported, then what precedent would be set by finding her NOT GUILTY.
If she can do all of the above and says "ooops, inadvertent mistake", then ANYONE can shoplift anywhere with the same excuse.

I'll be perfectly satisfied if a jury of 12 citizens acquits her, but nothing less. NO PLEA that allows her to call it all a simple mistake caused by distraction


Posted by Pleasanton Resident, a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Who puts unpaid items in a bag while you are shopping in a department store? A clerk will hold clothing items for you so you don't have to carry them all over the store. No one would put them in a shopping bag (unpaid) and go sit in the cafe to make calls. What phone calls are so important at 12 Noon on a Sunday morning for an Assemblyperson? What am I missing here?

I assume Saks is checking their sales to her in the last few years to see what items were actually purchased by her, if any. The District Attorney will hear from constituents if the Assemblywoman's charges are dropped without a trial.


Posted by Jwoon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Sam points out that "Bush adviser loses law license over shoplifting."

But the Bush adviser pleaded guilty. This case is far more interesting because we have the chance here to fry her before she is or is not convicted of anything. Besides that, she's a Korean-American who, along with her husband, earns a good salary and likes to shop at a high-end clothing store. If that isn't enough to get the hate juices flowing among so many of the self-righteous posters here, I don't know what is.


Posted by Steve, a resident of Parkside
on Nov 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Jwoon and Sam, what excuses will you serve up once the video of her thefts are shown in court and she is legally declared guilty? Deflecting from her crimes by serving up decades old issues is pathetic and weak. When a local issue like this happens, it doesn't compare to someone remotely connected to a former President. She has brought shame and humiliation to everyone in her district, family and friends.


Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Nov 17, 2011 at 8:28 am

Jwoon,

Bringing up the race card and class envy to justify the illegal actions of an elected official (and cast aspersions on those who want to see her treated equally) - now that's talent. Ms. Hayashi should have hired you and not Sam Singer.


Posted by Jwoon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2011 at 8:48 am

Concerned Californian says "Very suspicious that the judge initially wanted to treat this Korean-American thief equally...."

Then Concerned Californian criticizes someone else for pointing out how race is factoring into people's judgment. Does Concerned Californian actually think we are as dumb as he is?


Race and class are only two of the more prominent factors that help explain how this mob of P-town's most upstanding citizens already has this "Korean-American thief" tied up and ready to be burned at the stake.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 17, 2011 at 9:32 am

Yes, Concerned Californian, I too am a bit baffled by your latest accusation about someone else bringing up the "race card". No one else here mentioned the race of the accused until YOU said "Very suspicious that the judge initially wanted to treat this Korean-American thief equally."

What relevance is the race or the ethnic background of the accused? Why did you choose to inject the race of the suspect into the discussion? And given the fact that YOU, and not anyone else, injected race into this discussion, what justification do you have to accuse someone else of playing the "race card"?

Seems to me like you're the only one here who plays with that card in their deck.


Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Nov 17, 2011 at 9:34 am

Of course, you're right again jwoon (rhymes with loon). Our mob also doesn't tolerate ignorance, which no one has patience for your inane posts.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

Steve said: "jwoon (rhymes with loon)"

Make that two.


Posted by Jwoon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

I don't like how steve call names. I rhyme with loon. So what? Steve rhyme with sieve. Who is ignorant? At least he own up to belonging to mob.


Posted by Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Nov 17, 2011 at 10:20 am

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