Charges dismissed against Maui telescope protester

Charges dismissed against Maui telescope protester
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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Charges were dismissed against a Haleakala telescope protester after a Hawaii judge ruled the six-month speedy trial rule was exceeded.

The Maui News reports the judge must still decide if the charges against 51-year-old Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo will be dismissed with or without prejudice, determining if he can be charged again in the case.

Kaeo, a Hawaiian studies professor at the University of Hawaii Maui College, was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a highway and refusing to comply with an officer's order after protesting in August the construction a new telescope at the Haleakala summit on Maui.

A trial was scheduled for January, but he faced arrest for insisting on speaking Hawaiian in court. A judge wasn't able to confirm his identity and issued a warrant, which was later recalled.

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