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Hawaii judge rules that federal government does not owe defense court fees for failed prosecution

Honolulu, HI A federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii has ruled that the U.S. Government does not owe the defenses' court costs for its failed prosecution of the Aloun Farms human trafficking case. The judge ruled that Mike and Alec Sou had failed to prove that the governments charges were frivolous and refused to grant them the $500,000 in defense fees they requested. The original charges alleged that the brothers were involved in a forced labor human trafficking ring for Thai workers, but the chargers were dropped when the lead prosecutor admitted to misstating the law in the grand jury trial. Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway heard the original case and the subsequent request for the cost of the defense.[1]

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  1. Honolulu Civil Beat, "Hawaii Federal Judge: U.S. Won't Pick Up Tab for Aloun Farms Defense" 12/1/2011