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Nadia Lockyer returns, faces questions about jail visits to ex-lover

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

imageThe Alameda County supervisor is out of drug rehab and showed up at work in Oakland today, issuing a formal statement of apology, and facing a potentially embarrassing new revelation. The Oakland Tribune is reporting that Lockyer visited her ex-lover and the man she accused of beating her up in a Newark hotel room last November on two occasions while he was incarcerated last year. Both times, she signed in as his lawyer, which allowed her to see him more privately and for a longer time than if she were an ordinary visitor. An excerpt:

"His dad asked me to provide pro bono advice. I do it all the time," Lockyer, 40, of Hayward, said Tuesday of the two visits last June to the Elmwood jail in Milpitas.

Lockyer said she was "not involved" with Stephen Chikhani at the time. But Lockyer, who has a law degree but rarely practices law now, acknowledged that she "was not the attorney of record."

Add: The Trib says that Lockyer’s husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, was seen leaving the county administration building today as his wife and other supervisors began a meeting. Here’s the public statement Nadia Lockyer issued:

"I take full responsibility for the personal mistakes I have made and the personal amends I must make; and I deeply apologize to those I love and those who love me. I am glad to be back on my feet, happy to be back at work, and I thank the many friends and colleagues who sent me well wishes and prayers. I'll have more to say after the Attorney General's Office completes their work."

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