SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa, who entered a guilty plea in March to misuse of taxpayer and campaign funds, was due back in court Friday afternoon.

His attorney was seeking to have an additional charge dismissed.

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That charge, which alleges Shirakawa’s involvement in an illegal campaign mailer, was added after a negotiated plea deal. Defense attorney Jay Rorty contends that that charge was precluded by the plea agreement. Not so, says Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen.

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“The negotiated settlement that we made on the case was made several weeks before we received information that his DNA was on the mailer,” Rosen explained.

“It’s important that he serve jail time for all of these crimes because they’re very serious. They violate the public trust by committing perjury, by stealing from the public,” he continued. “The appropriate punishment in a case like this I believe is jail.”

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