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American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia has denied motions from Thomas Siaumau and his defense team, requesting the court to allow them to speak with members of the jury who delivered a unanimous guilty verdict last week. Siaumau was found guilty of shooting at a police vehicle...
Thomas Siaumau’s defense team from RDA Law Firm
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia issued an order last week, barring all counsels, their representatives, agencies, or acquaintances who were involved in Thomas Siaumau’s trial from contacting any and all members of the jury unless by order of the court. Siaumau was back in...
Thomas Siaumau escorted by Chief of Police Cmdr. Foifua Foifua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Thomas Siaumau was found guilty Wednesday afternoon for shooting at a police vehicle on the night of Dec.14, 2017 after a jury of 4 females and 2 males deliberated for less than an hour before returning with a verdict. The jury found Siaumau guilty of all 8 counts...
Thomas Siaumau
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The key witness in the government’s case against Thomas Siaumau — accused of shooting at a police vehicle while a police officer was inside — told the jury that it was Siaumau and his nephew who shot the police vehicle at the back of the baseball field in Tafuna on the...
Thomas Siaumau
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia postponed the Thomas Siaumau trial until 9am this morning, because one of the jurors was sick and unable to attend court last Friday. Before the case was postponed, Sunia reminded jurors not to discuss the case among themselves, nor read any...
Thomas Siaumau
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Day three of the case against Thomas Siaumau saw the government call only one witness to the stand — DPS evidence custodian, Officer Zenophia Jennings, who has been on the police force for over 15 years, with four of them as Evidence Custodian. The focus of day three was...
Thomas Siaumau
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two government witnesses revealed during the first day of Thomas Siaumau’s jury trial, that they heard multiple gunshots on the night of Dec. 14, 2017 near Tafuna Elementary School. One witness said it sounded like a “Faga Ofe” (bamboo cannon) while the other said it was...
Thomas Siaumau
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a man accused of shooting at a police vehicle while a police officer was inside began yesterday in High Court. Thomas Siaumau, who has been held in custody without bail since his arrest last year, is charged...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has continued the pretrial conference for the young man who is accused of shooting at a police vehicle last December, until his defense attorney files a motion to the court to set a deadline for the government to present discovery. Thomas...