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    Death penalty sought in American Samoa


    Siaumau Siaumau Jr could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

    The prosecution plans to seek the death penalty if a man accused of killing a police officer in American Samoa is convicted of first-degree murder.

    The US territory hasn't witnessed an execution in more than 50 years.

    Siaumau Siaumau Jr. pleaded not guilty to the charge for the July 22 fatal shooting of detective Lieutenant Liusila Brown outside the temporary High Court building.

    Assistant Attorney General Mitzie Jessop Folau has told the court there are sufficient aggravating circumstances to justify the imposition of the death penalty if Siaumau is convicted.

    Siaumau's defence attorney, Public Defender Ruth Risch Fuatagavi, had no comment.

    Source: Death penalty sought in Samoan officer's shooting - World - NZ Herald News

    and to follow, some info on American Samoa

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    American Samoa

    some info . . .


    American Samoa is a territory in the South Pacific Ocean controlled by the United States.

    The islands of American Samoa have a total land area of 76 square miles. Tutuila contains about two thirds of the total area and is home to 95% of the 65,000 islanders.

    American Samoa has been a territory of the United States since the signing of the April 17, 1900 Deed of Cession. In 1940, the Port of Pago Pago became a training and staging area for the U.S. Marine Corps. During the War Years, the United States built roads, airstrips, docks and medical facilities exposing island residents to the American way of life. It was also then that American Samoans enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, thereby establishing a home guard unit. In 1945, the Marines left the island territory to resume its peaceful lifestyle.

    American Samoa elects one congressman to the United States House of Representatives for a two-year term. People born in American Samoa are American nationals, but are not American citizens unless one of their parents is a U.S. citizen. As U.S. nationals, American Samoans may not vote in U.S. presidential elections. However, American Samoans are entitled to free and unrestricted entry into the United States.

    Due to economic hardship, military service has been seen as an opportunity in American Samoa and other U.S. Overseas territories, this has meant that based on population there have been a disproportionate number of casualties per population compared to other parts of the United States. As of 23 March 2009 10 American Samoans had died in Iraq, and 2 in Afghanistan.

    About 30 ethnic Samoans, many from American Samoa, currently play in the National Football League, and more than 200 play NCAA Division I college football.


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    Been to Pago Pago a few times. When I was mate on a BP tanker we used to call there every few weeks. Nice place. Even the US coastguard there are cool.

    The local guys at the oil terminal used to fix it so that the cargo transfer finished just after sunset, so we couldn't sail and I could go for a night on the piss.

    Our third mate (Welsh) was shagging a woman there who looked like Jonah Lomu.

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    I know next-to-nothing about A.S. Did see a doco a few years back about the recruiting that went on there for the US military and for sport - there are some big boys.
    I went to a private school in NZ and there were quite a few students from Western Samoa there as boarders, they may be running the place now. Guess the A.S. ones get scholarships to US colleges.
    What I couldn't find was what US state's jurisdiction they are under. Or is a 'territory' something different?
    I don't understand why they have the death penalty as an option unless it is part of their local law or linked to a US state's law.
    all these questions.

    ^ and the Welsh/Jonah image. I won't thank you for that.

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    We stopped there on our way to Oz many years ago. Immigration guy ripped our bags apart and used a pen to swish through my face cream. Made us stay overnight coz they found a bunch of vitamins all mixed in one bottle -- they weren't in his colour-photo drug book. I remember the hotel door warning about sharks in the bay. The taxi drivers were nice enough.

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    update

    Siaumau Siaumau Jr., middle, screams while a court marshal and police officers, try to restrain him after he fatally shot Det. Lt. Lusila Brown on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Brown was killed by the suspect while providing security outside the high court building.
    SOurce: Siaumau Siaumau Jr., middle, screams while a court marshal and ... - Yahoo! News Photos

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    Ifoga brings Siaumau and Brown families together
    20 August 2010

    The Siaumau family yesterday carried out an ‘ifoga’, the Samoan traditional way of seeking forgiveness, at the Brown residence in Pago Pago. The “Ifoga” from the Siaumau family for the late Det. Lt. Liusila Brown’s family was filled with emotion for both families. “It was very emotional” said Mrs. Leleiitumua S. Brown, the widow of the slain police officer...

    “and this is the first time that I have ever experienced something like this,” she told Samoa News.

    “I have long ago forgiven the family even before the ifoga and I thank the Siaumau family for their coming.”

    Det. Lt. Liusila Brown will be laid to rest today at his home after a morning church service.

    Despite the sadness of the situation she is facing, Mrs. Brown says she is doing well.

    TRADITION

    The traditional Samoan “Ifoga” is usually performed by the Ali’i (High Chief) of the family. The Ali’i performs the “Ifoga” on behalf of the family or village of the person who committed the crime or the offense.

    It begins with the Ali’i rising early, long before the sun comes up and heading to the house of the family that is wronged. He takes his family’s finest mats with him to the house where he seeks forgiveness.

    There, in front of the house of the person who was harmed, the Ali’i kneels down and covers himself completely with the finest mat he has brought with him, and remains there without food or drink — no matter what the weather.

    A traditional Samoan “Ifoga” may take days, meaning the Ali’i has to continue to kneel until the offended family accepts his family’s or clan’s apology.

    IFOGA

    Yesterday, the Brown family accepted the Siaumau’s “Ifoga” that was held in Pago Pago at the Brown’s residence, in less than 10 minutes.

    Underneath the fine mat were Leafaitulagi Siaumau (mother of Siaumau Siaumau Jr.) and (the Sa’o - Ali’i) High Chief Pulu Ae Ae Jr. (Leafaitulagi’s uncle).

    Full story at: Samoa News|Ifoga brings Siaumau and Brown families together

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    Very nice people the Samoans.

    Huge, can be extremely violent, especially when drunk...

    Spent some time with some Samoan friends in Auckland, rock hard folk. Once the drinking started I usually headed home.

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    n hes a bit of a lump.

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    ^ & you just know those Samoan marshalls are very big boys indeed.

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    Yep.!

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