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Governor’s special assistant pleads no contest to charge of refusing to leave Waikiki bar


An aide to Gov. Neil Abercrombie entered a no contest plea this morning to a charge that he refused to leave a Waikiki bar in September.

Tim McBroom, a special assistant to the governor, was arrested for refusing to leave a Kuhio Avenue bar about 2:40 a.m., Sept. 17, according to police. By definition, the charge involves a person who is intoxicated and refuses to leave a licensed liquor establishment. 

The charge is a misdemeanor and carries a penalty of up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

McBroom pleaded no contest before District Judge Faye Koyanagi and was fined $75 and ordered to pay court fees of $30.

McBroom also was granted a deferred acceptance of his no contest plea, over the objections by a city deputy prosecutor. Under such deferred pleas, the charge will be erased from his record if he does not run afoul of the law for a specified period of time.

After his arrest, McBroom posted $200 bail and was released.

McBroom previously served on Abercrombie’s congressional staff and also spent time working with Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.



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