Nation: Off the Hook

Honolulu's mayor beats a rap

When a Honolulu grand jury indicted Three-Term Mayor Frank Fasi for bribery last March, Special Prosecutor Grant Cooper thought he had an airtight case. The flamboyant Fasi, 57, a former junk dealer given to gestures like throwing a birthday party for himself at Aloha Stadium and inviting 20,000 guests, was charged with entering into a "corrupt understanding" with Local Developer Hal Hansen. Granted immunity from prosecution, Hansen talked a lot. He alleged that Fasi was to have received $500,000 disguised as campaign contributions from Hansen in exchange for...

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