3/22/2013 Highlights

On March 22, 2013, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Thalia Murphy won a sexual assault trial in State v. Dewitt Lamar Long in which Defendant Long raped a 13 year old girl. In another case, Long raped another underage girl. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney is seeking an extended term of imprisonment because of Long’s history as a persistent offender.

March 22nd was also the lateral deadline at the Hawaii State Legislature where bills that are passed into the last committee they were referred to remain alive.

7 out of 11 Honolulu Prosecuting legislation are still alive for the 2013 legislative session:

SB418 that increases per diem for out-of-state witnesses;

SB873, SD2, HD1 that expands the ways the State can collect criminal restitution from offenders such as income withholding, tax refund withholding, and bail withholding;

SB880, SD1, HD1 that requires the court to impose a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment without possibility of parole or probation for a person convicted of certain acts of sexual assault against a minor under the age of twelve years.

SB978 that imposes a mandatory sentence of one year of imprisonment on a defendant convicted of cruelty to animals in the second degree involving five or more pet animals in any one instance;

HB231, HD1; SB870, SD1, HD1 that clarifies what acts of parental discipline are not applicable as a defense such as one who intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently does the following: throwing, kicking, burning, biting, cutting, striking with a closed fist, shaking a minor under three years of age, interfering with breathing, or threatening with a deadly weapon.

HB235, HD1 that amends the definition of “victim” in the victim restitution law to include certain duly incorporated humane societies or duly incorporated societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals; and

HB200, HD1 that includes an appropriation for the Department of the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney.

In the evening, I hung out with Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Allen Yadao and friends from the Hawaii Attorney General’s office.

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