The Hawaii Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs has recommended that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS.
The votes in PSM were as follows: 3 Aye(s): Senator(s) Espero, Galuteria, Slom; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 2 Excused: Senator(s) Baker, Green.
Click here to read testimony submitted to the hearing.
Christie has been detained at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center on marijuana charges since his arrest by federal authorities on 8 July 2010.
Christie’s 13 co-defendants were released on bail pending trial following their mass arrests nearly 3 years ago.
Federal prosecutors have opposed Christie’s release on bail on the basis that his long history as a marijuana activist makes him a “danger to the community.” He has been denied bail 7 times by a series of federal judges.
Another Hawaii State Senate Resolution, S.R. No. 12, comes close to accusing federal authorities of retaliation for Christie’s role in ending “Operation Green Harvest“, a federal marijuana eradication program, and for his efforts to pass the Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Ordinance on the Big Island in 2008.
According to SR No. 12, “Reverend Christie’s political activities have caused annoyance and embarrassment to the Federal Government leading some Hawaii residents to suggest that his denial of bail is based on his prior political acts rather than any ‘danger” he poses;”
S.R. NO. 42
THE SENATE, STATE OF HAWAII, TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2013
MAR 0 5 2013
SENATE RESOLUTION URGING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE ROGER CHRISTIE ON BAIL PENDING TRIAL.
WHEREAS, Roger Christie is a longtime resident of the State of Hawaii and County of Hawaii; and
WHEREAS, Roger Christie was arrested in July of 2010 on charges relating to the growing and distribution of marijuana; and
WHEREAS, Roger Christie has been held without a trial in federal detention since July of 2010, repeatedly denied release on bail on the grounds that he is a “danger to the community”, and denied his constitutional right to a speedy trial; and
WHEREAS, Roger Christie is a gentle, peaceful person and does not pose any danger to the community whatsoever; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2013, that the federal government is urged to release Roger Christie pending trial; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Hawaii County Mayor, Hawaii County Council, United States Department of Justice, and United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii.
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