THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
OFFICE OF THE U.S. TRUSTEE
David C. Farmer, Successor Trustee
Bobby N. Harmon
(Formerly Mary Lou Woo vs. Harmon and James Nicholson vs. Harmon)
United States District Court, District of Hawaii
Judges: David A. Ezra; Kevin S. Chang
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JUDGE SAMUEL P. KING
Senior federal judge; co-author (with Randall Roth) of the book Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement, and Political Manipulation at America’s Largest Charitable Trust.
Judge King was the judge originally appointed to hear Defendant’s RICO lawsuit against Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate, et al.; however, he excused himself as he believed he may have been viewed as having a conflict-of-interest since he was a vocal critic of the Bishop Estate trustees.
Address to be determined.
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GOOGLING FOR JUDGE SAMUEL KING
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NEW DISCOVERY (12-22-09): More evidence of bias and undisclosed conflicts of interest of Judge Eden Elizabeth Hifo (fka Bambi Weil) with Gov. John Waihee, Judge William S. Richardson, Judge Colleen Hirai, Judge Kevin Chang, Judge David Ezra, etc:
JUDGES HIFO, HIRAI TO STEP DOWN
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NEW DISCOVERIES (05-08-09): More factual evidence of fraud, political corruption, racketeering, obstruction of justice, witness intimidation, destruction of evidence, violation of constitutional rights, conflicts of interest, etc. as directly related to this case:
Video: Leslie Wilcox interviews Judge Samuel King - Promo
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Judge Samuel King is expected to testify regarding his reason(s) why he excused himself as the judge originally appointed to hear Defendant’s RICO lawsuit; and his opinion why Judges Kevin Chang, Eden Elizabeth Hifo, David Ezra, Barry Kurren, Lloyd King, and Robert Faris shouldn’t have excused themselves for similar appearances of conflicts of interests. As Judge King was also the recipient of letters in Defendant’s so-called “letter-writing” campaign, he is expected to testify regarding his opinion as to whether Defendant, under the First Amendment, had the legal right to send him copies of these letters, and to publish these letters on the Internet.
Judge King is also expected to testify regarding his legal views on whether Judge Kevin Chang should have sealed the records in EQ2048. These are some of the records that Defendant has asked to be subpoenaed in the instant case (See: Documents To Be Subpoenaed )
Judge Samuel King is also expected to testify regarding his public statements in the “Broken Trust” Forum held on July 5, 2006, as reported in Small Business News, and excerpted as follows:
'Broken Trust' Forum Calls for
Release of Corruption Documents
By Malia Zimmerman
The full story of the corruption that permeated Hawaii's $10 billion charitable trust, the Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate, to the highest levels of government in Hawaii, has never been told.
But the information that has become public is categorized by 60 Minutes as "The biggest story in Hawaii since Pearl Harbor;" by The New York Times as "A feudal empire so vast that it could never be assembled in the modern world;" and by Howard M. McCue III, the Chairman of the Charitable Planning Committee for the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, as "The most significant legal dispute of our time ... a tale of unbridled ambition, infectious greed, and high drama ... ."
This saga, involving Bishop Estate trustees, state Supreme Court justices, a former governor and leaders in the Hawaii State Legislature, peaked in 1997.
However, nearly one decade later, critics say there has been no accountability for the many influential people who wrongfully took advantage of Princess Pauahi Bishop's charitable trust - a trust she established in 1884 to fund the education of Hawaiian children, not to fatten the pockets of politicians and trustees.
University of Hawaii Law Professor Randall Roth and U.S. Federal Judge Samuel King, co-authors of a newly published book, Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement and Political Manipulation at America's Largest Charitable Trust, documented the story of the trust from its inception 100 years ago through current times.
At a July 5 forum hosted by Small Business Hawaii, and moderated by Hawaii Reporter, Roth and King shared their thoughts on what led to the extensive problems at the Bishop Estate and what still needs to be done to ensure there is justice and accountability for past wrongdoings.
Joining them were four other prominent Hawaii citizens who played a major role in pushing for reforms including Hawaiian attorney Beadie Dawson, former Honolulu Star-Bulletin Managing Editor Dave Shapiro, former Campaign Spending Director Robert Watada and Congressman Ed Case....
Before the 90-minute panel wrapped up, the panelists shared some of the following insights from their experiences:
Congressman Case was a freshman state legislator in 1995 when he tried to make two major reforms related to the Bishop Estate - take the Supreme Court justices out of the trustee selection process and limit trustee compensation to what was “reasonable” - both of which made him forceful enemies within the legislative leadership, the court and the Bishop Estate.
“I got nailed pretty bad,” Case says of his first attempt in 1995.
The Hawaii Supreme Court justices admitted that they were split on whether they should be in the business of appointing trustees because of perception of cronyism and favoritism.
In 1997, Roth, King and three other well-respected Hawaiians signed their name to a compelling essay entitled “Broken Trust” that documented the power, influence and wrongdoing in the highest levels of the Bishop Estate and the Hawaii government.
Shapiro, then the managing editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, published the oped, which rocked the very core of the Hawaiian, political and legal communities.
That was the final catalyst for all but one justice - Robert Klein (now an attorney/lobbyist for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs) - to voluntarily step aside from the duty.
Case’s bill to limit trustee compensation also passed, despite major obstacles. At the time, trustees were making more than $1 million a year.
The House, which had Bishop Estate-backed leadership, including House Speaker Joe Souki, and Reps. Terrance Tom and Calvin Say, agreed to a bill that would study the issue. But the Senate sides with Case in establishing compensation limits. In a highly unusual move, Case moved to suspend the rules and adopt the Senate version. Because of extensive pressure from the Hawaiian community, the media and the public, the House agreed to the bill by a vote of 50 to 1 with Rep. Say (who is presently the House Speaker) as the one dissenting vote.
Now, as a Congressman for the second district who is running for U.S. Senate against Sen. Daniel Akaka, Case has distinguished himself from his opponent on this issue. Akaka was sympathetic with the ousted trustees, while Case pushed for more accountability and less compensation. Today, Case says there are still “broken trusts” in Hawaii, which need to be addressed....
A great deal of the information Roth and co-author Judge King used to write the Broken Trust was given to them by Watada, the director at the time of the state Campaign Spending Commission.
But Roth says there are still between 1 million and 2 million more documents sealed by the courts that he wants to review and catalogue and believes should be made public.
He hopes trustees will some day be held accountable for their mismanagement. But that is unlikely: they did not pay legal fees for the most part, they took millions of dollars for themselves, they paid off political cronies with trust funds, and held what Roth calls a "world record for breaches of trust."
Roth and King maintain the Broken Trust saga is not over, and neither are the problems for Kamehameha Schools if further safeguards and reforms are not implemented....
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As a senior federal judge, the Honorable Samuel King is also expected to testify regarding the Defendant’s First Amendment Rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion.
Bias Complaints / Motion to Recuse
Letters, Documents, News Articles and Related Links
IRS - PricewaterhouseCoopers, Arm’s Length and Intermediate Sanctions
First Amendment Rights/Obstruction of Justice
Hawaii Dept. of Labor - CV 98-2394-05 - Unemployment Insurance Appeal
RICO Lawsuit - 99-CV-00304-DAE-BMK
Equity 2048 -The Richards Report
XL Reinsurance Policy No. XLRKS-01796
Equity 2048 - Related Correspondence and Documents
IRS Closing Agreement for Kamehameha Schools
The Na Kumu Book Advisory Group
Apartheid, Hawaiian Style
Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement & Political Manipulation
Lost Generations: A Boy, A School, A Princess
KITV Special Report
TO GO TO THE U S DEPT OF JUSTICE VS. HARMON WITNESS INDEX
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February 28, 2006: Originally posted on www.the-catbird-seat.net
March 13, 2007: Judge David Ezra signs Order to shut down website
December 23, 2009: Latest update on www.kycbs.net
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