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August 11, 2011

Think About It: Case Closed

Years ago, we did a survey of news viewers that showed how people in Hawaii care about news coming out of Washington, D.C.- but only if it really affects us here in Hawaii. Well, with the hot potato debt debate now simmering a bit and Congressional approval ratings at arguably an all-time low, it can't help the local perception of dealings in D.C. when you look at how federal prosecutors botched things up last week in the case against Aloun Farms for forced-labor practices.

As laborious and drawn out as the whole affair was over the past two years, it all fell apart in one day as prosecutors did a "whoops, my bad" in court here, and the charges were dropped against the Sou brothers and Aloun Farms. When a federal prosecutor asks to end the proceedings permanently (quote) "in the interests of justice" (unquote) after a trial has started, you know someone has really messed up along the way. Whether it was misinformation, bad witnesses, mistakes in tax paperwork or language barriers, the bottom line is that this case is over after a lot of anguish, a lot of publicity, and a lot of time.

Over the past two years, the Sous have seen an outpouring of support for their side of things from some prominent local officials, including two former governors. Now, they can get back to work in the fields rather than spending time in the courts. And while the wheels of justice often move slowly, this time they apparently weren't even rolling on the right track, which is a shame for all involved. Think about it…

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