Monthly Archives: January 2012

Honolulu Prosecutor bills pass the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee


On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro testified before the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee in support of our Honolulu Prosecutor Bills: House Bill 238, House Draft 2 – Enhanced penalties for a person who violates a temporary restraining order and has a prior conviction of a violent crime; House Bill 245, House Draft 1 – Increases per diem payments for of out-of-state and neighbor island witnesses; Senate Bill 2058 –  Amends section 806-83, HRS, to add the following felonies for which criminal charges may be instituted by written information: section 708-803 (habitual property crime), section 708-812.55 (unauthorized entry in a dwelling in the first degree), section 708-812.6 (unauthorized entry in a dwelling in the second degree), and section 708-835.7 (theft of copper); Senate Bill 2060 – Adds a new section to chapter 571, HRS, to allow family courts to require the accused to transport a witness or witnesses, including a complaining witness or witnesses when the accused has sole physical or legal custody of the witness or witnesses; Senate Bill 2061 – Codifies dismissals pursuant to Rule 48, Hawaii rules of penal procedure and exempts cases for abuse of family or household members charges from the dismissal rule. (The case law for the  constitutional right of “speedy trial” still applies); Senate Bill 2062 – This bill amends section 703-309, HRS that allows a parent or guardian to use justifiable force on a minor if it is not designed to cause or known to create a risk of causing substantial bodily injury, disfigurement, extreme pain or mental distress, or neurological damage.  With this bill, the following types of force shall be unjustifiable where it is likely to cause bodily harm greater than transient pain or minor temporary marks:  throwing, kicking, burning, biting, cutting, striking with a closed fist, shaking a minor under three years of age, striking or other actions that result in any non-accidental injury to a minor less than eighteen months of age, interfering with breathing, threatening with a deadly weapon, or striking on the face.

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Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro testified before the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee and Senate Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs Committee in support of House Bill 246, House Draft 1


On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro testified before the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee and Senate Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs Committee in support of House Bill 246, House Draft 1, which appropriates funds for the Department of Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu for career criminal prosecution unit, prosecution in drug court, prosecution Hawaii’s opportunity probation with enforcement, and victim witness assistance program.  This is a Honolulu Prosecutor Bill.

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Senate Bill 61 “Move over” or “slow down” for stationary emergency vehicles


On Monday, January 30, 2012 at 1:15 P.M., on behalf of the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu, we testifiend before the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs supporting Senate Bill 61, which requires motorists to “move over” or slow down when passing a stationary emergency vehicle on a highway.

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Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro testified before House Human Services Committee on 1/30/2012


On Monday, January 30, 2012, at 8:30 A.M., Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro of the Department of Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu testfied before the House Human Services Committee in support of House Bill 2190 (requires suspected financial abuse of a minor to be reported to law enforcement), House Bill 2192 (enhanced penalties for financial exploitation of dependent elders), House Bill 2350 (Honolulu Prosecutor bill for appropriation for department to establish a family justice center), and House Bill 2351 Honolulu Prosecutor bill that appropriates funds to the Judicary to get 2 more judges to oversee domestic violence cases because there is congestion in the domestic violence courts).

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Senate Bill 2247 Call Location Information


On Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 2:50 P.M., on behalf of the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu, we testified before the Senate Public Safety, Government Operations, & Military Affairs Committee in support of Senate Bill 2247, which requires communications service providers to provide call location information upon request by public safety agencies responding to emergencies that involves the risk of death or serious physical harm. We worked with Chairman Will Espero to include some of our language from our Senate Bill 2063.

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House Bill 127, HD1 Emergency Contraceptives for Sexual Assault Survivors


On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 2 P.M., I testified before the House Judiciary Committee on behalf of the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu in support of House Bill 127, House Draft 1, which requires hospitals to provide emergency contraceptives to survivors of sexual assault. It passed the committee. I have supported this issue since my first legislative session as a legislator in 2003.

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Hawaii Prosecuting Attorneys Association (HPAA)


On Friday, January 13, 2012, at 10:30 A.M., Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tricia Nakamatsu and I met with leaders from other legal departments in the State of Hawaii to dicuss each other’s legislation, which included Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Iboshi, Kauai County Prosecuting Attorney Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho via phone, Maui County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Appellate Division Chief Richard Minatoya, and Deputy Attorney General Lance Goto at the Attorney General’s office.

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