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Brun’s meth ring trial postponed to next year

HONOLULU — A U.S. judge on Wednesday postponed trial for 12 people accused of drug trafficking in Hawaii, over the objections of a councilman accused of leading the ring.

Trial was originally scheduled for October for Arthur Brun, an elected member of the Kauai County Council, and 11 co-defendants. Prosecutors say Brun supplied guns, conspired with a gang leader, requested sexual favors as payment for drugs and assaulted a law enforcement officer.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Wes Reber Porter said the trial needs to be postponed partly because of constraints on jury trials during the coronavirus pandemic and because federal prosecutors are asking that the case be declared complex.

He tentatively set a new date for Feb. 1.

Brun has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, Rustam Barbee, said Brun opposes postponement because he’s being held in the Honolulu Federal Detention Center.

The other defendants didn’t oppose postponing the trial.

  1. Tim Punah September 2, 2020 11:18 pm Reply

    Public corruption within the county of Kauai and state of Hawaii is in tune with their world countries.

    The moniker of Kauai being the wild Wild West has risen to the levels of unacceptable.

    Collusion and connection to individuals within public safety and county of Kauai and state of Hawaii government, has always been a major problem.

    There is more to leaking information by departments and individuals in the public safety that a has a perpetual motion of abuse of power that is normal and the reason people do not trust those who represent the island of Kauai and state of Hawaii.

  2. West Side Schmitty September 3, 2020 7:10 am Reply

    Oh Ata, but at least you still getting one pay check!

  3. truth be known September 3, 2020 6:15 pm Reply

    We still don’t have a County Auditor, after much BS about not finding a suitable one. Most likely, they were unable to find one that was willing to play along with the “good ‘ole boys” and overlook things like gasoline theft, misappropriation of funds, organized drug rings and just plain incompetence. Government without oversight is a recipe for disaster. Demand that your County Council Members retain a competent county Auditor NOW!

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