Va. lawyer fined for statements to Hawaii jury

Christopher Deedy and defense team
Christopher Deedy and defense team

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii judge has fined a Virginia attorney $250 for statements he made during the trial of a federal agent charged with murder in a 2011 Waikiki McDonald's shooting.

Virginia lawyer Karl Blanke is one of the attorneys representing State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy, whose trial ended with a deadlocked jury in August.

Circuit Judge Karen Ahn on Monday imposed the fine because Blanke mentioned that the man Deedy shot had resisted arrest in a prior case. Ahn says she thought Blanke knew he was prohibited from mentioning that detail.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports prosecutors wanted a $1,000 fine and to bar Blanke from practicing law in Hawaii.

Deedy, of Arlington, Va., maintains he acted in self-defense. Jury selection for a retrial is scheduled for June.

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