When prison officials realized their mistake, Itagaki, a homeless veteran, was quickly released without any preparation and no money.
According to his attorney, Myles Breiner, “They showed him out the door and said, ‘See you later.’ The result was he walked two miles out of the valley to the nearest bus stop.
He had no money, even though he had money on his books he had earned while in prison.”
Following the verdict, Breiner said the jurors were “very sympathetic ... [and] recognized there was responsibility that the Department of Safety has to anyone who is incarcerated, their responsibility to maintain the records, their responsibility to make sure a person is released in a timely fashion.”
The Department of Public Safety argued that an error by a circuit court judge had resulted in the erroneous late release. Both parties have cross-appealed, and their appeals remain pending.
Another of Itagaki’s attorneys, Eric Seitz, noted that Itagaki had severe diabetes and uses a wheelchair. “I don’t know if he’ll live to see the money,” he said. See: Itagaki v. Frank, U.S.D.C. (D. Hawaii), Case No. 1:09-cv-00110.
Sources: www.kitv.com, www.hawaiireporter.com
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