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Mayor Charged With Stealing UC Newspapers

December 13, 2002|From Staff and Wire Reports

Mayor Tom Bates has been charged with stealing copies of the UC Berkeley newspaper a day before he was elected, prosecutors said.

A former assemblyman, Bates is expected to appear in court Jan. 8 and plead guilty, said Malcolm Burnstein, who is representing him.

UC Berkeley police said witnesses had seen Bates remove the papers and throw them into a trash can on Nov. 4.

The paper was running an endorsement of Bates' opponent that day.

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