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Thomas Siaumau

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 — 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...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia last week granted a government motion in Thomas Siaumau's case — a court subpoena for an expert witness from off island — despite strong opposition from the defense. Siaumau, who is scheduled to go to trial next Monday appeared in court last...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia reiterated, yesterday morning, the High Court’s order for the government to provide the names of all witnesses to Thomas Siaumau’s defense team. Siaumau is accused of shooting at a police vehicle in December 2017. The case goes to trial in...
Associate Justice Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Despite strong opposition from the government attorney, Associate Justice Fiti Sunia has granted the defense’s motion and ordered the government to turn over to the defense the identity of all of their witnesses who will be called during Thomas Siaumau’s trial in two...
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...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse told the defense attorney, William Olson that the court does not get involved in funeral release. That decision falls to the Executive Branch of the government including the Police Commissioner. Kruse revealed this issue last week when Cody...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse [SN file photo]
Pago Pago AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has taken under advisement a motion by Assistant Attorney General Woodrow Pengelly, asking the court to delay until trial, the disclosure of the identity of all government witnesses in Thomas Siaumau’s case. During a hearing on the government’s...

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