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JURY TRIAL

Sio Junior Godinet
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the three defendants arrested when armed detectives of the Department of Public Safety, Vice & Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant on two homes in Pago Pago in May of this year has informed the court that he wants a jury trial. Sio Junior Godinet appeared...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  An uncle accused of inappropriate touching will fight the allegations against him at trial. Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim.   According to the government’s case, the defendant is accused of inappropriately...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The man who is accused of giving students marijuana to sell for him has asked the High Court to set his case for jury trial. The trial is now set for March 2019. Tavita Mariota appeared in court last Friday for his pretrial conference. He was represented by Public...
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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...