Suit alleges woman wrongfully spent 75 days at Hawaii jail because of a mistake

Published: May. 9, 2019 at 6:01 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman who turned her life around after being in prison for drug abuse lost everything when she was wrongly arrested and locked up for nearly three months, a new lawsuit alleges.

Elizabeth Cornel was released from prison on parole in 2007 and her sentence entirely expired.

But last year she was jailed again on a seven-year-old parole violation warrant and sent to the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

“I wish that we could point to malicious prosecution. Instead we have malicious stupidity ... just simply not doing their job,” her attorney Myles Breiner said.

He said Cornel spent about 75 days in OCCC before the mistake was cleared up.

The paroling authority and state Department of Public Safety are fighting the lawsuit.

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