Berkeley Mayor Charged In Trashing Of Newspaper

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(AP) Mayor Tom Bates has been charged with an infraction for trashing hundreds of copies of the student newspaper at the University of California, Berkeley, the day it endorsed his opponent, prosecutors said.

“His plea will be guilty, as he has said,” said Malcolm Burnstein, who is representing Bates.

The infraction, announced Thursday, is punishable by a fine up to $250, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office. Bates, 64, is expected to appear in court Jan. 8, Burnstein said.

UC Berkeley police said three people saw Bates on Nov. 4 remove the newspapers and throw them into a trash can on Sproul Plaza, considered the birthplace of the 1964 Free Speech Movement.

Bates first acknowledged his actions Dec. 6, and he began his first City Council meeting Dec. 9 by apologizing.

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