Last month, in what has become one of the most infamous incidents of shoplifting in Washington State history, disgraced initiative promoter and political scammer Tim Eyman was caught on camera taking a Brenton Studios Mayhart Chair from Office Depot without paying for it. The City of Lacey, not amused by Eyman’s “I didn’t steal because I didn’t mean to steal” routine, charged Eyman with theft.
Today, Eyman pleaded not guilty to that charge, even though the video evidence clearly demonstrates that he did the crime (and should thus do some time):
We all know what the right wing thinks should happen to lawbreakers like Eyman: No mercy! Throw the book at them! Impose the harshest possible punishment!
“Criminals don’t abide by the law. Bring back the death penalty and make ‘crime pay’.” — Gary, a “law and order” conservative from Yakima who was featured in a recent newsletter published by State Representative Bruce Chandler
After Eyman’s plea of not guilty was entered for him by his attorney, he was ordered by the court not to have any contact with the Office Depot in Lacey that he stole the chair from. However, Eyman has already been back to the store: he even created a video with the help of a friend showing him attempting to return the stolen chair, which he was told to turn over to the Lacey Police Department.
After giving the stolen chair to Lacey Police, the video shows Eyman going back to the Lacey Office Depot and buying an identical Brenton Studios Mayhart chair.
However, it appears that at least for the immediate future, Eyman will not be setting foot inside the Lacey Office Depot, at least unless he desires to disobey a judge and get into even more trouble than he already is.
Eyman’s next court date in this criminal case is April 16th. His next civil court date is tomorrow, when he will be appearing before Judge James Dixon in the main State of Washington v. Tim Eyman campaign finance enforcement suit.