Wednesday, December 22, 1999

Attorney general
asks court to toss out
Lindsey’s appeal
of May removal order

By Star-Bulletin staff


The attorney general's office is asking the state Supreme Court to dismiss Lokelani Lindsey's appeal of an order removing her as a Bishop Estate trustee.

The state said her appeal of Judge Eden Elizabeth Hifo's May 6 removal order is moot since Lindsey voluntarily resigned from the trust last Thursday.

"Lindsey's appeal from Judge Hifo's judgement is now a meaningless exercise," said Deputy Attorney General Daniel Morris. "In light of her resignation, a new trial would be pointless."

Lindsey's Dec. 16 resignation was conditional, in that it takes effect 30 days after the Supreme Court makes a final decision on her appeal. However, even if the high court rules in Lindsey's favor, her resignation still would be valid.

Michael Green, Lindsey's lawyer, said he will file a motion soon answering the state's dismissal request.

Green said Lindsey's appeal is not moot since Hifo's removal order raised several important issues that need to be addressed by the high court.

Judge Hifo, formerly known as Bambi Weil, removed Lindsey from her $1 million-a-year post after a five-month trial in May. The judge found that Lindsey misused trust assets and intimidated Kamehameha Schools teachers and students.

"I hope the ghost of Christmas past and Christmas future gets Ebenezer Anzai," Green said of Attorney General Earl Anzai. "These guys don't have anything to do."

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