Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Unequal justice Hawaii style: Sexually assault young girl and go free, advocate pot smoking and stay in jail forever
by Larry Geller
Read this story if you have a paper or on-line access:
A 43-year-old Waianae man accused of raping a young girl and beating up her brother when he tried to intervene pleaded no contest Monday in a plea agreement by which he will serve no prison time.
According to the grand jury indictment against him, Kamaka committed the sexual assaults in January and February 2011, when the girl was under 14 years old.
But a city prosecutor said Kamaka had been sexually assaulting the girl and beating the boy for five to six years.
[Star-Advertiser, Man accused of raping girl avoids prison with plea deal, 2/14/2012]
A judge has ruled that a federal agent charged in a fatal shooting at a McDonald's restaurant can leave Hawaii and return to his home in Virginia while he awaits trial.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/s782t3) that Circuit Judge Karen Ahn on Friday agreed to modify bail conditions for State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy so that he could return home and work at a desk job with the department.
The 27-year-old Deedy is charged with murder in the shooting of a 23-year-old Kailua man at a Waikiki McDonald's on Nov. 5.
[Arizona Republic (AP), Judge rules agent charged in fatal shooting at a McDonald's restaurant can leave Hawaii, 12/31/2011]
Both cases were handled by the same judge, Circuit Judge Karen Ahn.
Hilo marijuana minister Roger Christie has been held for 17 months without bail in the Honolulu Federal Detention Center.
While his 13 co-defendants were released pending trial, Christie — charged with growing, selling and possessing pot — has been denied bail because he is considered a "danger to the community."
[Civil Beat, Hawaii Pot Minister's Bail Denial Called 'Rare', 12/29/2011]
Christie is being held by the feds.
On how plea agreements have replaced trial by jury, see the very bottom of this article (scroll down).
One can only speculate if the sentence of the 43-year-old Waianae man accused of raping a young girl would have been more severe if he was smoking pot during the rape. My ridiculous statement is only topped by the ridiculous sentence by the Judge.