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Sexual harassment suit against ex-Hilo councilman appealed

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A complaint filed by former Hilo County Council member and mayoral candidate Stacy Higa claims the county didn't defend him properly in a sexual harassment case from nearly ten years ago.

West Hawaii Today reports (http://bit.ly/1qi2TNN ) that the complaint has been filed with the Intermediate Court of Appeals. It alleges legal malpractice by the county for not providing Higa an appropriate defense in the case brought by Higa's former aide, who claimed she was harassed by Higa in 2005 and 2006.

The county ended up paying nearly $250,000 to settle the case. It also won a summary judgment in circuit court when it argued Higa can't prove the charges and the county's defense cost him the mayoral election.

The appeal seeks to have the case sent back to trial.

Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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