WASHINGTON -- The California attorney general's portrayal of the Richmond Unified School District's 1988 lease deal as "tainted" and unconstitutional is an unfounded rationalization of the district's illegal decision to walk away from the issue last year, the trustee charged yesterday.

In a brief filed with the California Superior Court of Contra Costa County, U.S. Trust Co. of New York described as "thin" and "outrageous" the arguments made by Attorney General Daniel E. Lungren.

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