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04 June 2007 @ 09:52 am
Perpetrator to be sentenced: Email from Edward Halealoha Ayau  

Reposted courtesy of Alohalani

Aloha no kakou,

On Monday June 4, 2007 T 11:30am, Defendant Daniel Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced in federal district court by Magistrate Kobayashi for his part in the illegal trafficking of moepu (funerary possesions) that he and John Carta looted from a Hawaiian burial cave on the island of Hawaii.

Carta plead guilty already and received a year in federal prison. He died from a heart attack two weeks before he was to serve his time. At the urging of Hui Malama, Defendant Taylor was
indicated last week by a state grand jury for theft of these moepu. This crime carries a maximum of 10 years and a $25,000 fine and it would be served in state prison. Taylor could also face state civil charges for disturbing a Hawaiian burial site
over 50 years old.

I am writing to request that Hawaiians aand other supporters show up to the hearing and join Hui Malama in airing our disgust for Taylor and what he did and urge Magistrate Kobayahi to
give Taylor the maximum penalty allowed under federal law.

Please forward this email to your contacts. We just learned today that the hearing is confirmed for Monday after being continued on earlier occassions.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me at
halealoha@wave.hicv.net. Mahalo Keoni for letting me send this out on your computer.

Ola na iwi,
Edward Halealoha Ayau
Executive Director
Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawaii Nei