Thursday, April 1, 1999

Lawyers to
present final
arguments in
Lindsey case

A ruling in the historic suit
to remove the Bishop trustee is
expected to take several weeks

By Rick Daysog


Attorneys in the trial to remove Lokelani Lindsey as an $840,000-a-year Bishop Estate trustee will present their closing arguments today in the historic four-month court case.

Lawyers for Lindsey and trustees Oswald Stender and Gerard Jervis _ who sued for Lindsey's ouster _ will summarize what they believe they have proven through their introduction of thousands of pages of evidence and testimony from more than 60 lay and expert witnesses.

Circuit Judge Bambi Weil likely will take several weeks before she issues a ruling, which could have a tremendous impact on the future governance of the multibillion-dollar trust.

Stender's attorneys are expected to argue that they have shown Lindsey intimidated teachers and students at the estate-run Kamehameha Schools, misused trust assets and caused embarrassment to the school through her release of a controversial report criticizing student academic performance.

They believe her continued presence on the board will cause further harm.

Lindsey's lawyer, meanwhile, will attempt to argue that Lindsey _ the only career educator on the estate's board _ did nothing wrong and was instructed by fellow trustees to improve programs at the Kapalama Heights campus after she became a board member in 1993.

Members of Lindsey's team, who say removal of a trustee is a drastic remedy that's not warranted in this case, will also argue that their client has not harmed the trust.

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