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Man subdued by Honolulu judge is upset with judiciary, wife says

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    Steven Michael Hauge made his initial court appearance today.
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A 55-year-old man who had to be restrained by a Honolulu district judge earlier this week in a courtroom was upset with the judicial system because it wouldn’t investigate his father’s death several decades ago, his wife said today.

Steven Michael Hauge, 55, is being held at Oahu Community Correctional Center after not being able to post $1,500 bail. Hauge on Monday was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of government operations and fourth-degree criminal property damage. 

Elizabeth Ann Taylor, Hauge’s wife, said she hopes to post her husband’s bail this week.

Hauge was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Monday after he entered the 10th floor courtroom of District Judge Lono Lee, jumped on his bench and broke a flagpole behind the judge.

Lee put the man in a chokehold and subdued him until deputy sheriffs arrived to assist.

During his initial court appearance Thursday before District Judge Leslie Hayashi, Hauge repeatedly interrupted the proceedings saying at one point, "I don’t understand what is going on here."

He added: "I claim the right of free speech. I will not shut up."

At one pointed he yelled: "The criminal justice system in Hawaii is unfair."

Hayashi continued Hauge’s case until March 29 because he said he wanted to be represented by his own personal attorney.

 

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