Former California politician sentenced for campaign mailer

Apr 5, 2015 11:25 AM by News Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A former county supervisor in Northern California has been sentenced to perform community service after admitting he sent out a deceptive campaign mailer.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Friday that George Shirakawa Jr. must perform 360 hours of community service, but avoids time in jail. Shirakawa pleaded no contest to felony false impersonation for sending out the illegal mailer in 2010, characterizing his political ally's challenger as a communist.

Shirakawa read a statement in court, telling voters that he's sorry, but the 53-year-old adds that he hasn't always done wrong.

His attorney Jay Rorty says the sentence ordering community service is fair.

Shirakawa resigned from office in 2013; he spent seven months in jail last year after admitting that he used campaign money to support a gambling addiction.

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