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JURY TRIAL

Tumuatasi Lefatia with her attorneys
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury in the trial of the owner of the LE AUTE Sports & Bar, Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a MAMA acquitted her of all 4 counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and marijuana with the intent to distribute. The six jurors took a little bit...
LE AUTE Sports Bar owner, Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a Mama
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial of the owner of the LE AUTE Sports Bar, Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a MAMA accused of violating local drug laws is scheduled to kick-off in High Court Monday morning at 9 before Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea. Lefatia’s trial, which was scheduled for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws had asked the court to set his matter for trial. Aleki Faitala, who had been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court last month for his pretrial conference. When his case was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of giving marijuana to a minor to sell for him at the beginning of this year has asked the High Court to set his case for jury trial — and trial is now set for March 2024. Falani Opetaia appeared in court last week for his pretrial conference. The defense...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of allegedly inappropriately touching his 16-year old niece will fight the allegations against him at trial. Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim.   According to the government’s case, the victim told...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The man who is accused of giving juveniles marijuana to sell for him has asked the Court to set his case for jury trial. The trial is now set for 2023. Talitiga Malo appeared in court last week for his pretrial conference. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws has asked the court to set his matter for trial. Uputonu Lui who had been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court two weeks ago for his pretrial conference. When his case was...
Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a MAMA
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial for Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a MAMA, which was scheduled for Oct. 9, 2020 is now pushed back by the court to Apr. 5, 2021 due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Lefatia, who is out on bond appeared before Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea this...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Government witnesses, over the last two days of the Mosese Lomu jury trial, have pointed to actions that were not routine as part of what happened on the night where inmate Manu Lefatia allegedly escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and shot a man in...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with conspiracy to commit stealing - a felony - is scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 19, 2020. During a status hearing last week before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia, attorneys from both sides confirmed that they are prepared for Tala’i Alesana’s jury trial...

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