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Chief Justice Michael Kruse

Dear Editor, Our Chief Justice publicly declared at a High Court hearing on March 31, 2021: " I'm $5,000 an hour if you want to talk to me privately" Is this True? Respectful Questions: 1) Why was this openly said by the Chief Justice at a Court Hearing? 2) Can a Chief Justice be legally given $5,...
Chief Justice F. Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Federal attorneys representing Chief Justice Michael Kruse and the Acting US Secretary of Interior are seeking dismissal of a complaint against the two DOI officials, filed by local resident Steven Jay Pincus Hueter at the federal court in Washington D.C. The federal...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A lawsuit against the Chief Justice, F. Michael Kruse, “is a gigantic waste of judicial resource” and is a “text book example of frivolity and vexation,” according to the defense’s detailed response to Steven Jay Pincus Hueter’s complaint against the Chief Justice....
Chief Justice F. Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Trial Division of the High Court has denied a motion by local resident Steven Jay Pincus Hueter for the Chief Justice and two Associate Judges to disqualify themselves from presiding over his lawsuit against the governor and the American Samoa Government in...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the trial of a man accused of violating local drug laws is postponed until further notice from the court. Sefo Mikaele’s case was heard before Chief Justice in High Court last week, when the government attorney filed a motion to postpone...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While a drug defendant was sentenced to probation and ordered to leave the territory after serving 20 months of his 5-year sentence, the court also ordered the government’s attorney in the case to bring all the contraband and the paraphernalia that police seized from the...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse delivered a strong message to arresting officers and government’s attorneys last week regarding the issue of people being detained in custody for a long period of time awaiting trial, due to the defense attorneys waiting for the discovery to...
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...
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...
Public Defender Douglas Fiaui in a 2017 photo inside the old Fono building. The court has been told that Fiaui is off island until mid-July and two jury trials have been continued due to his extended absence. Chief Justice Michael Kruse has issued an Order to Show Cause for the Public Defender. See story for details.  [photo: AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has issued an Order to Show Cause (OSC) for Public Defender Douglas Fiaui, on why he shouldn't be held in contempt of court for not fulfilling his duties as an officer of the court. Fiaui is currently off island on a 12-week vacation....