"I was shocked," said Joseph Tauiliili, who testified yesterday in the murder trial of Waipahu residents Marc Umi, 19, Emanuelu Tunoa, 17, and Ricky Lealaitafea, 18.
Tauiliili, known as "Slack," entered into a plea agreement with the state for his role in Misiona Faumuina's death from the June 27, 1995, beating inflicted by Homicide gang members behind the Waipahu Recreation Center.
At issue is the company's "weathering steel" that supposedly rusts until a protective patina is created. Instead, at Aloha Stadium it just kept on rusting, the state contends. Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel, now known as USX Corp., however, faults the state for flawed designs and poor maintenance.
In 1993, a Circuit Court judge threw out one of the state's claims and a jury discounted the other.
The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the court should not have thrown out the state's claim of negligent misrepresentation and that the judge issued erroneous instructions to the jury mulling the unfair and deceptive trade practices claim against the corporation.
At a news conference yesterday, Port reminded the Legislature's Democrats that, at the state convention, reforming auto insurance was singled out for special attention. Delegates to the Democratic convention passed a resolution urging the Legislature to go into special session this summer to change the auto insurance laws.
But the Legislature doesn't appear ready to compromise on a method to lower insurance costs.
An adult suspect has been identified but not arrested, they said.
An unknown suspect fled after the shots were heard around 2:30 a.m. at Smith and Hotel streets, police said.
Officers questioned people in the area, but they denied seeing or hearing anything.
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