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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — No discovery and the failure of the Immigration Office to confirm the status of a man charged with public peace disturbance has resulted in the government's case against Sooane Taafua being continued to today, Feb. 15 Taafua appeared in District Court yesterday morning...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Six bench warrants were issued for five people who failed to appear in District Court Thursday morning. Judge Elvis P. Patea was sending a clear message: Show up for court or get arrested and pay the fine. First on the list was defendant Lefatia Ah Kiong, facing 14...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea did not mince words earlier this week when addressing the issue of clients not keeping in contact with their lawyers. "If you can't deal with your client, we'll take care of it," Patea told Assistant Public Defender Anna Wells. "I can...