4 Mar 2010

Acquittal call after mistrial of American Samoa leaders

6:11 pm on 4 March 2010

Lawyers for two American Samoa politicians have asked the federal court in Washington D.C. to acquit their clients.

The American Samoa Lieutenant governor Faoa Sunia and Senator Tulifua Tini Lam Yuen had faced several criminal charges but last week a federal judge declared a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict.

Now their lawyers have filed a motion asking U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton to enter a judgment of acquittal.

A status hearing in set for March the 23rd at which time federal prosecutors will reveal whether they will retry the case.