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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 31-year-old man from Pago Pago accused of using a piece of timber to assault another man has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Joshua Filiga appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Rob...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sentencing for Aneti Luana is scheduled for May 2 after the court accepted his plea agreement. Luana, who has been in custody since his arrest last October, unable to post a $5,000 bond, appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Luana, 25, was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 58-year-old man charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine after he was caught smoking ice in the LBJ Hospital parking lot appeared in High Court yesterday for a Change of Plea (COP) hearing. Onosa’i Navelika, who has been in custody since his arrest last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 56-year-old man accused of unlawful possession of marijuana is asking the court to set his case for trial. Stuart Hudson, who has been in custody since he was arrested last October, appeared in court yesterday morning for a pretrial conference. Assistant Public...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man from Nuuuli who was accused of driving a motor vehicle while his license has been permanently suspended by the court has pled guilty to felony driving, a class D felony. Paea Fifita, who has remained in custody since his arrest on Aug. 9, 2018 appeared...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government's case against Sione Onelei Setu was dismissed this week after the jury found him not guilty of 1st degree sexual abuse. It took a little over an hour for the jury to deliberate before they announced their not guilty verdict late Wednesday afternoon. Setu...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It was during the second day of the trial of a school teacher who is accused of sexual abuse of a student that the government called the victim to the witness stand as their first witness. After the victim’s testimony, the government then called 3 other witnesses to the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial in the case of a school teacher who is accused of sexual abuse involving a 15-year old female began yesterday in High Court. Sione Onelei Setu was charged by the government with a single count of 1st degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, punishable by a...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The man who failed to keep his promise that he would never use drugs anymore was back in High Court yesterday morning, after he was arrested this past Monday on a bench warrant issued by the court last month after he failed to appear twice. Fa’aili Mata'u, a.k.a ‘Whistle...
Tao Liu departing the court house after sentencing.  [photo: AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 38-year-old Chinese national who was arrested in 2016 on drugs and weapons charges has been ordered by the High Court to serve 40 months at the TCF and thereafter, he must leave American Samoa and remain outside its borders for a period of 5 years. Also, despite the...

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