Saturday, June 5, 1999

Hearing postponed
on Bishop Estate
trustees’ removal

Gerard Jervis has not
had access to documents
used as evidence

By Rick Daysog


A state judge has postponed a hearing for the interim removal of Bishop Estate trustees Gerard Jervis and Lokelani Lindsey, who already have been ousted temporarily from their $1 million-a-year posts.

Probate Judge Kevin Chang yesterday scheduled an August status conference to reset a hearing on the attorney general's suit to temporarily remove the two trustees. The hearing initially was set to begin June 15.

Jervis, Lindsey and fellow trustees Henry Peters and Richard "Dickie" Wong were temporarily removed by Chang on May 7 after the Internal Revenue Service threatened to move to revoke the trust's tax-exempt status.

Lindsey was permanently removed as a trustee by Circuit Judge Bambi Weil on May 6 after a five-month trial.

Ronald Sakamoto, a lawyer for Jervis, sought the extra time so he could conduct discovery for the trial. Since Jervis' temporary removal last month, Sakamoto said, the trustee has not had access to estate documents that are being introduced as evidence.

David Gierlach, Lindsey's lawyer, argued that the proceeding is moot since Lindsey already has been removed temporarily and permanently.

"How many times can she be removed?" Gierlach asked. "This hearing would be a waste of judicial and legal resources."

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