On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at about 2:00 P.M., I continued my Assault in the Third Degree trial for a second day where three young men assaulted another young man for about 15 to 20 minutes. I got a conviction for one of the co-defendants in January 2013 when he last-minute pled “no contest.” I’m just amazed how physically violent humans are.
After work I exercised with Tricia Nakamatsu at the Honolulu Club where I did strength training for my abs, chest, and triceps. I also ran 4.12 miles on the treadmill.
In the evening, I went to Waikele McDonald’s to try the Fish McBites. I observed a Haole man probably in his 60s swearing the “F” word because he was waiting for his apple pie. Later another man who was Filipino and probably in his 60s or 70s got upset for waiting for his chocolate sundae. I felt so bad for the young man trying his best at the cashier. Humans get upset for such minor things and it’s unfortunate that some don’t mature with age. These guys are in their 60s and 70s and are such terrible examples for our younger generations.
I wonder about the human race. I try to understand why people are so easily filled with anger and hatred, and lash out at other humans through verbal or physical violence. I’m so disappointed.
It’s lonely nights like this that I wish I could spend time with my late grandpa Tadao Sakai who was the kindest person I have ever known. He passed away in 1999 at the age of 85. Whenever I was with him, I felt at peace. My grandpa didn’t have to say anything – just being with him was comforting. If only I could have one more moment with him. I miss my grandpa so much.
On Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. before the House Finance Committee, I testified in opposition to HB275 HD1 that proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to appoint retired judges and justices as emeritus judges, permitting the appointed judges and justices to serve as temporary judges in courts no higher than the court level that they reached prior to retirement and for terms not to exceed three months per appointment. While the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu supports judges and justices who are knowledgeable of the law and respectful to attorneys, staff, and witnesses pursuant to the Hawaii Revised Code of Judicial Conduct, the department notes that the mandatory retirement of judges and justices who reach the age of 70 provides opportunity for judicial nominees who have a fresh approach in analyzing the laws and a strong commitment to treating all participants in the court in a professional manner. Moreover, the mandatory retirement of age 70 for justices and judges is sometimes our only opportunity for change. By bringing back justices and judges who were forced to retire upon reaching the age of 70, we slow down this transition of leadership.
I also testified in support of HB1027 HD1 that requires absentee voters to affirm by signature that the ballot was completed in secrecy and without influence from other; requires absentee ballots to include information regarding election fraud, voter fraud, and related penalties; prohibits employers, unions, and candidates or their agents from assisting voters with completing absentee ballots; and subjects special elections by mail to the same voter assistance requirements as for absentee ballots.
In the evening, I exercised for the 14th time in 2013 with strength training for my abs, arms, and back, and I ran 8.51 miles in Honolulu.
On the evening of Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Ko’olau Ballrooms, my younger sister Lara Karamatsu received the “2013 Young Engineer of the Year Award” from the Hawaii Council of Engineer Societies. Also in attendance was my mom, dad, and Lara’s boyfriend Ross. I am very proud of her.
On Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 10:00 A.M., for the Honolulu Jodo Shu Fujinkai service and membership meeting, I made a welcome speech. After we had a New Year’s party.
On Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. before the House Judiciary Committee, I testified in support of HB 411 HD1 that establishes a new part in chapter 321, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to ensure that sexual assault victims are provided with medically and factually unbiased information about and access to emergency contraception when receiving emergency medical care at Hawaii’s hospitals.
At about 12:30 P.M., Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tricia Nakamatsu and I had lunch with Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Richard Minatoya.
In the evening, I socialized with Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys in the Traffic and Misdemeanor Division of the department at Indigo Restaurant.
On Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. before the House Judiciary Committee, I had testimony in support of HB1066 that makes solicitation of a minor for prostitution a crime; increases the statute of limitations to bring a cause of action for coercion into prostitution from two to six years; clarifies the minimum and maximum fine for a person convicted of committing the offense of prostitution; adds the offenses of solicitation of a minor for prostitution, habitual solicitation of prostitution, and solicitation of prostitution near schools and public parks under the State’s forfeiture laws; and amends the definition of “sexual offense” under the sexual offender registry laws to include acts that consist of the solicitation of a minor who is less than eighteen years of age for prostitution.
I also had testimony in support of HB783, HD1 that includes law enforcement officers among persons having a direct and tangible interest in public health statistics records to facilitate their inspection and acquisition of such records for criminal investigations. This is a Law Enforcement Coalition bill.
Lastly, I had testimony in support of HB785 that amends provisions of Act 325, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, which allow for the service of process issued by another state upon a Hawaii recipient and clarifies the following: (1) that the service of process may be upon a person or business, but not a government agency; (2) that the process is for the production of records; (3) that the process must be based upon a pending criminal investigation or prosecution; and (4) that the person or business being served must have conducted business or engaged in transactions occurring at least in part in the issuing state. This is a Law Enforcement Coalition bill that amends our 2012 law that was in our 2012 Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Legislative Package.
On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, I started my assault 3 trial in Honolulu District Court, which has been continued to next week Wednesday.
In the meantime, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tricia Nakamatsu testified at the House Judiciary Committee and House Consumer Protection and Commerce Committtee at 2 PM in support of our HB235 that amends definition of “victim” in section 706-646, HRS, to include any duly incorporated humane society or duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals that impounds, holds, or receives custody of a pet animal pursuant to section 711-1109.1, 711-1109.2, or 711-1110.5, HRS.
Nakamatsu also testified before the House Finance Committee at 3:30 P.M. in support of our HB238 amends section 621-7, HRS, to increase the per diem payments for out-of-state witnesses in criminal cases from $110 to $145. The measure provides an additional $90 per diem payment for witnesses from any island other than the island on which the court is located, when that witness is required to stay overnight.