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Significant Cases

STATE V. ACKLIN, Cr. No. 1-2-766 (Haw. 1st cir.2016).

The circuit court ruled the possession of a small amount of medical marijuana over the allowable limit was de minimus and dismissed the indictment.

State v. Abihai, Cr. No. 92-1736 (Haw. 1st Cir. 8/31/93).

Acquittal gained after evidence suppressed for illegal search & seizure.

State v. Ahlo, 2 Haw. App. 462, 634 P.2d 421 (1981).

Defended client who claimed presentation of gory evidence caused him to suffer an unfair trial.

State v. Char, 86 Haw. 523, 950 P.2d 707 (Table) (Haw. App. 1997).

Set aside harassment conviction because trial unfair.

State v. Char, 105 Haw. 37, 93 P. 3d 679 (Table) 2004 WL 1618502.

Wrongfully refused to appoint client a 4th legal counsel, claiming client waived right to further appointed counsel.

State v. Eichler, TRI of 8/31/06 (Wahiawa).

Client found not guilty of criminal property damage to his rich and powerful CEO neighbor’s expensive pool equipment.

State v. Ergashev, Case No. TRP 7 of 12/3/01 PM (D. Honolulu); State v. Mirahmatov, Case No. TRP 12 of 12/4/01 PM (D. Honolulu).

Religious devotees both acquitted of criminal peddling in Waikiki for accepting donations.

State v. Fleming, Cr. No. 53502 (Haw. 1st Cir. 1980).

Client acquitted because government failed to charge properly.

State v. Freeman, Cr. No. 87-0243 (Haw. 1st Cir. 1988).

Drug evidence suppressed.

State v. Gillis, Case No. 49 of 5/3/93 (Dist. Ct. Honolulu).

Homeless client acquitted in part because of “choice of evils” defense when caught sleeping in his vehicle during the night which violated city ordinance.

State v. Glynn, Case No. 32P of 2/5/97 (Dist. Ct. Honolulu).

Client acquitted of impersonating an officer when wearing a uniform closely resembling park aides and soliciting non-profit donations.

State v. Grace, Case Nos. 1 & 27, 4/20/99 (Dist. Ct. Pearl City).

Client acquitted of running down victim with car. Client later awarded damages for malicious prosecution: Grace v. Vanterpool, Civ. No. 99-3573-09 (2000).

State v. Iopu, Case No. 11-00561 (2nd Cir. 2011); Procured Judgment of Acquittal on free speech grounds for client shouting “F... you” to a group of police officers after they ignored his plea to drive him home for he was too drunk to drive himself.


State v. Kaaina, Case No. 171 of 6/15/87 (Dist. Ct. Honolulu 1987).

Client acquitted of drug possession for marijuana found in car ashtray between client and driver.

State v. Kaipo, Cr. No. F-92257 (Kona 2000).

Client acquitted because of the government's failure to properly charge.

State v. Kam, 68 Haw. 631, 726 P. 2d 263 (1986) (KAM I).

Pornography conviction vacated for failure to instruct jury on the State duty to first establish the existence of a "community standard" before prosecuting for violating it;

State v. Kam, 69 Haw. 483, 748 P. 2d 372, (1988) (KAM II).  Same client but in a different case the Supreme Court ruled pornography statute violated “privacy rights.”

State v. Kroll, 106 Haw. 528,107 P. 3d 1201 (2005).

Vacated conviction based on violation of due process.


State v. LeVasseur, 1 Haw. App. 19, 613 P. 2d 1328 (1980).

Client charged with theft for freeing laboratory dolphins into the ocean to save the dolphins lives from their caretakers who perceived the two dolphins were about to “commit suicide” because of intensified training.

State v. Locricchio, CTR1 (D. Ko’olaupoko, 1/27/92).

Lawyer client acquitted of disorderly conduct for yelling at the police.

State v. Matamua, Case 23P, (JJ. Hon. 11/19/93).

Client acquitted of DUI.


State v. Maldonado, 108 Haw. 436, 121 P. 3d 901 (2005).

Client able to prove state law dealing with “knock and announce” broader than either state or federal constitutional requirements.


State v. Martin, Cr. No. 11-1-0985 (1st Cir. 2011).

Suppressed all evidence seized pursuant to search warrant wrongfully obtained by police who spotted marijuana by using hi9gh power binoculars when looking into client’s property for marijuana and thereafter filing a false affidavit to get the search warrant to search the home.


State v. Matamura, Case 23P (D. Honolulu 11/19/93).

Client acquitted of DUI.

State v. Medeiros, TRP5 (D. Honolulu).

Client caught standing at a graffittied wall with a bucket of paint and roller in his hands found not guilty of graffiti charge.

State v. Mirahmatov, Case No. TRP 12 of 12/4/01 (PM).

Hare Krishna acquitted of peddling in Waikiki for painting portraits and giving them out for donations.

State v. Panoke, Cr. No. 93-2011 (1st Cir. 1994).

Client given no jail despite admittedly threatening prison guards because the prison conditions were "intolerable."

State v. Pierson, 104 Haw. 386, 90 P. 3d 883 (Table) 2004 WL 1279695.

Challenge to administrative subpoena as violative of due process.

State v. Princeton, Case No. 37 (AM) (Dist. Ct. Honolulu 1/19/93).

Religious devotee acquitted of impersonating police officer while soliciting donations.

State v. Rapozo, 1 Haw. App. 255, 617 P.2d 1237 (1980).

Criminal appeal challenging right to effective counsel.

State v. Ryan, Cr. No. 03-1-1933 (1st Cir. 2007).

Dismissal of assault charge because of government’s refusal to fly to Hawaii a critical out of state witness.

State v. Santistevan, 5 Haw. App. 681, 753 P. 2d 251 (Table) (1984).

Client acquitted of criminal littering for dropping a flower on the street.

State v. Shyanguya, 131 Haw. 166, 316 P. 3d 1277 (Table), 2014 WL 185090 (Hawaii).

Clients conviction for solicitation of prostitution reversed and conviction vacated by Hawaii Supreme Court.


State v. Tierney, 127 Haw. 157, 277 P. 3d 251 (2012).

Supreme Court reversed client’s conviction based on the trial court’s failure to close out whether the client’s refusal to be examined was caused by client’s possible mental impairments. 


State v. Tull, Cr. No. 95-224K (3rd Cir. 1997).

Client acquitted when evidence suppressed for illegal search & seizure.

State v. Umphryes, Cr. No. 51571 (1st Cir. 1980).

Hooker charges dismissed regarding theft of patron after a second hung jury trial.

State v. Warren, Case No. LNR16 of 6/23/94 (Haw. 2nd Cir.).

Procured dismissal of client charged with passing out leaflets at Iao Valley.

State v. Whitley, 65 Haw. 486, 654 P.2d 354 (1982).

Client acquitted because of impermissible amending of charge by Prosecutor.

State v. Willis, Cr. No. 85-0305 (1st Cir. 1985).

Client acquitted of cocaine charges for drugs found in his pocket.

U.S. v. Dass, 849 F. 2d 414 (9th Cir. 1988).

Charges dismissed because search warrant deemed “stale” by the court.

U.S. v. Edwards, 800 F. 2d 878 (9th Cir. 1986).

Drug conviction vacated for lack of written findings on disputed sentencing factors.

U.S. v Galindo, 243 F.R.D. 660, 2007 WL 2106143 (D. Haw. 2007).

Federal court severed client’s  “torture” charges from remainder of a multi-count indictment.  Also see, U.S. v Galindo, 367 Fed. Appx. 811 (9th Cir. 2010).

U.S. v. Govro, 833 F.2d 135 (9th Cir. 1987).

Client’s speeding conviction on military roadway vacated because of lack of federal jurisdiction.

U.S. v. Tanaka, 204 Fed. Appx. 705 (9th Cir. 2006).

Challenge client’s conviction of tax fraud based on trial being grossly unfair.

Based on my history and experience, I will be committed to help you resolve your case.

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