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Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a. Mama
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The pretrial conference for Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a. Mama, has been continued to Jan. 31, 2019. The motion for a continuance by Lefatia's attorney, Marcellus Talaimalo Uiagalelei, was granted by Acting Associate Justice Elvis Patea last Wednesday in High Court....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who pled guilty to unlawful drug possession was released on his own recognizance last Friday, following a Change of Plea hearing in High Court. Under a plea agreement with the government, Gertrude Faifaiumu, 29, pled guilty to the amended charge of unlawful...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — James Taito was not present in High Court last Friday for his preliminary examination and a bench warrant has been issued. When Taito's case was called, his lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill told the court his client was not present, neither was he in custody...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Halfway through his Change of Plea hearing last Friday, Joe Togitogi seemed confused and therefore, Chief Justice Michael Kruse continued the matter to Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Togitogi, 25, is a defendant in two separate cases, for which he is facing charges of escape...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale appears to have the majority on his side, meaning he'll most likely be re-elected to the House leadership post when faipule for the 36th Legislature are sworn in Jan. 3rd. The swearing-in ceremony usually commences around noon for the 21-...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who allegedly told police that he had to smoke ice so he could stay awake has been arrested and criminally charged. Onosa'i Navelika made his initial appearance in District Court last Friday morning. He is currently in custody at the Territorial Correctional...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A female drug defendant will be ringing in the New Year with family and friends after District Court Judge Fiti Sunia ordered her immediate release last Friday. When Olotele Pouesi's case was called, the government attorney informed the court that they had no witnesses...
 [l-r] Fainu’ulelei; ASLA past president Aaron Thomas; PAI attorneys Richard deSaulles, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde, and Matailupevao Leupolu; and ASLA staff attorney Frederick O’Brien.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American  Samoa  Legal  Aid  (ASLA) recently received notice from James Sandman, president of Legal Services Corporation (LSC), that LSC has awarded a three-year Basic Field Grant of $262,000 per year to the ASLA. This is according to an announcement by ASLA...
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Church services and parties top off the list of activities for when American Samoa welcomes in 2019 at the stroke of midnight, the last in the U.S. “family” to do so. Guam is the first U.S. possession to welcome in the New Year. (Independent Samoa is the first country in...
A rainbow over Aunuu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A year that began with devastation from Tropical Storm Gita is ending with a cyclone of another sort — a partial federal government shutdown that has affected some ASG services and employees. Like most years, we have a lot of stories about who was naughty and who was...

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