Candidates' wife sues after personal ID revealed

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In an election year marked by waves of political attacks, one state legislative candidate is standing out for a tactic that targets his opponent’s wife.

A Democratic state Assembly candidate in the San Gabriel Valley is drawing criticism for publicizing a court document containing the name and Social Security number of Joy Lin, who is married to Republican candidate Matthew Lin.

Democrat Ed Chau used the document in several mailers and an Internet video, distributing both to voters in the 49th Assembly District, which is an open seat this year.

Campaign experts called the move unethical, although it might not be illegal. Joy Lin sued, claiming her privacy was violated.

Chau’s spokesman, Pat Dennis, says the campaign used publicly available documents. He blamed county officials for not redacting the information.

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