Law: Open Season on the Judiciary

As threats and attacks rise, some judges begin packing pistols

Many Honolulans were unhappy last month after Circuit Judge Harold Shintaku, 54, threw out a jury's murder verdict and allowed Defendant Charles K. Stevens, a notorious criminal, to go free. Some 300 people rallied downtown in protest. The judge responded with a 20-page report explaining his action, but the city's most popular disc jockey told his audience: "Shintaku can take that report and shove it up his-nose." Then came news that Judge Shintaku had been found by relatives battered and dazed at his beachfront cottage. After doctors performed brain surgery for three...

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