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2 protesters found guilty of obstructing city operations

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:26 p.m. HST, Oct 25, 2013

A state jury this afternoon found two more (de)Occupy Honolulu protesters guilty of obstructing government operations in connection with the city's enforcement of the stored property ordinance.

Blade Michael Walsh and Catherine C. Russell each face a maximum one-year jail term and $2,000 fine at sentencing on Monday.

Madori Rumpngworn is already serving a 30-day jail term after another state jury found her guilty two weeks ago.

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Skyler wrote:
Throw the book at 'em.
on October 25,2013 | 04:02PM
Tarakian wrote:
Yay! When they serve their sentence and released and return to sidewalk, please arrest, prosecute, convict and sentence to one year.
on October 25,2013 | 04:07PM
false wrote:
Don't hear much from the local organizer, H Doug, anymore. Think he saw the handwriting on the wall and that he had no support from the public. (I always suspect individuals who use an initial before their first name. Shows arrogance and a need for recognition).
on October 25,2013 | 04:09PM
false wrote:
They may no longer be homeless.
on October 25,2013 | 04:10PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
"protesters" ? These clowns aren't protesting anything except getting a job. Bums. Hang 'em from the yardarms! Or sentence them to a year of community service cleaning parks.
on October 25,2013 | 04:23PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Hey, they get 3 meals a day, a warm, dry bed, free shower all on the taxpayer's dime (the other 53% who pay ha ha taxes.............the 47% just inokea or do barter/trade/cash lifestyle..........................Life in America..............I love it!
on October 25,2013 | 04:24PM
tutulois wrote:
About time. These people have put obscenities on some of their posters -- I'm sure that parents taking kids to school or to the Art Academy really appreciate that.
on October 25,2013 | 06:07PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
What were they protesting. The did not like how the City was treating the Homeless? How was the City treating the Homeless? Were they treating their situation? Were the City treating their illness? Or their mental health? Treating their nutrition problem? Helping them with their Housing Problem? Why would they protest of the City treating them? They arrest people for helping the Homeless? That can't be. Hawaii is the Aloha State. I bet the People are protesting the arrest. What did you say, the City was mistreating the Homeless by throwing away their meager possessions? You're kidding, right? No? They are NOT for someone helping the HOMELESS? You did say that it was in the Aloha State, right? If this is true "anything" can happen in Hawaii. And I believe "it" will. pity
on October 25,2013 | 07:04PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Build more shelters (yes, I'd be willing to pay more taxes for that). Then make homelessness illegal. They have two choices: go to the shelters and get integrated back into society or go to jail. That's it. And if we have to, build more jails (yes, I'd pay more taxes for that as well).
on October 25,2013 | 07:08PM
droid wrote:
Seriously?! Your “solution” would force unwilling taxpayers (except you) to pay much more while infringing on Americans’ freedoms. How is it your place to dictate what qualifies as “integrated” into “society”?

Don’t piss on my lawn and call it fertilizer.
on October 26,2013 | 12:20AM
wiliki wrote:
Tax the rich and pay for housing for the homeless....
on October 26,2013 | 12:26PM
goinglobal wrote:
Why not make the homeless take a shower quit taking drugs and get a job and furnish their own home like everyone else... Why should anyone else have to pay for their house? No one is paying for mine except me...
on October 26,2013 | 03:21PM
gobisan wrote:
Have a great idea! Let's have them assist in cleaning up the other homeless camp on city sidewalks.
on October 25,2013 | 07:09PM
Jmhata wrote:
It's about time the city decided to do something about this legally, it's all rite to protest but not to protest and act like your homeless it set a bad precedent for others that want to do the same thing!-(
on October 25,2013 | 07:52PM
wiliki wrote:
The City shouldn't be on the side of Wall Street.
on October 26,2013 | 12:27PM
goinglobal wrote:
The city is finally on the side of every citizen.... These parks and sidewalks belong to everyone not just the scumbags that think they can take them over and not follow the law
on October 26,2013 | 03:22PM
9ronboz wrote:
Only 2. But that's a start
on October 25,2013 | 10:49PM
droid wrote:
Seriously?! Your “solution” would force unwilling taxpayers (except you) to pay a pretty penny to finance the violation of American freedoms and create a police state. How is it your place to dictate what qualifies as "integrated" into "society"?

Don’t p!ss on my lawn and call it fertilizer.
on October 26,2013 | 12:24AM
krusha wrote:
About time they clean up the trash there for good.
on October 26,2013 | 01:56AM
wiliki wrote:
Nope the protests are more symbolic and germane at Thomas Square. We all don't want them in Waikiki for the sake of our tourism industry.....
on October 26,2013 | 12:28PM
goinglobal wrote:
we dont want them anywhere.... It is not a protest cant you see that? It is a homeless camp period... tell them all to get a job or go to jail... Then they wont be homeless anymore... Problem solved
on October 26,2013 | 03:24PM
wiliki wrote:
Disturbing that legitimate protest is illegal....
on October 26,2013 | 12:22PM
goinglobal wrote:
Disturbing that you think this is legitimate. What are they protesting in Hawaii? I dont know what address in hawaii has the stock exchange???
on October 26,2013 | 03:26PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
I'm not sure about this case of obstructing the Law thing. The so called protesters had a right to be on the street where they were. Their possessions by law had to go because of the bill they Passed. The Possessions were illegal to stay there but "they" had a right to chain themselves to the skips. They had a Constitutional right to mouth off to the Police as free speech on everything they said. They were NOT trespassing, it was a public sidewalk. They did NOT stop them from taking their goods only voicing their objection. Again their right to do so. The pair their, chained to the pallet could just as well tell them to do their job but walk around them. no one should demand a straight path from A to B and tell people to move aside for them. They did NOT have a right to stop them from doing their job of removing their goods, but thay had a right to stay where they were. Chaining themselves is equal to chaining one's bike to a pole. Their Lawyer should have argued that as long as they did nothing to stop them except their protesting voices. they were not breaking any laws. The workers had the opportunity to take their goods but did Not. It was Not fault if the workers did not want to do their job. In other words, they had a right to be there, but no right to keep their good there. Being thereshould NOT have stopped them from working. In short they should NOT have been arrested for the workers not doing their jobs. pity
on October 26,2013 | 10:20PM
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