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GUILTY PLEA

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of possession of 3 small stamp-sized baggies containing a white crystalline substance has pled guilty. Solomona Tagaloa, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, appeared in High Court this week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was initially...
King Faipopo with his back to his supporters, seeks an explanation from his lawyer Josephine Sapolu
Apia, SAMOA — Paulo Malele also known as King Faipopo has pleaded guilty to one charge of making false statements that affect the reputation of another person, and will be sentenced next month. The complainant in this case is the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailelele Malielagaoi. In Court today, the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 57-year-old man who failed to obey the court's orders has been placed on probation for 24 months. Titio Asofa Sr appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a pretrial conference for two separate cases. Under a plea agreement with the government, Asofa pled guilty...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 23-year-old man from Fagaima accused of burglarizing a store in Tafuna and stealing several items has admitted to the allegations against him. Faasega Aviata, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 41-year-old father of six, accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, has pled guilty. Onosa’i Molesi, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill represented Molesi, while...
StarKist canning plant in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Inc., as a defendant, is scheduled for sentencing during the middle of next year at the federal court in San Francisco, California after the company entered a guilty plea for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices of packaged seafood sold in the U.S, according...
 Andrew Choe, President & CEO, StarKist Co.
San Francisco, CA — StarKist Co. has agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices of packaged seafood sold in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. According to the USDOJ press release, a one-count felony charge filed today in the U.S....