"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mary Hayashi Gets Probation

As described on this blog, California Assemblymember Mary Hayashi was arrested for shoplifting on October 28th, 2011.

Hayashi received the following punishment:
  1. three years probation,
  2. she paid a $180 fine
  3. she has been ordered to stay 150 feet away from the Nieman Marcus store where she committed her felony grand theft.
Stephanie Ong Stillman, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco District Attorney's office, says that a medical condition claimed to affect Mary Hayashi's "judgement and concentration" did not affect the judge's ruling.
"Her (medical) condition never factored into our decision," she said.
Incredibly, Mary Hayashi's medical condition, a brain tumor, has resolved spontaneously and she is able to continue with her current legislative duties serving Hayward County.
"Now that Ms. Hayashi's medical condition resulting in her arrest has been taken care of, she decided that she would resolve the case as well," Rappaport said.
"It is being treated," he added. "It's no longer affecting her concentration or her judgment."
Physical therapists living and working in California may have difficulty believing that Assemblywoman Hayashi's judgement has not and will not continue to be affected since she attempted to pass legislation permitting physician ownership of physical therapists in 2011, with over $2 million dollars in campaign donations paid by the California Medical Association and its doctors.

Read the full story at STOPPOPTS.org

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