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Solomon Considering Legal Action Following Threatening Email

Posted April 3, 2013, 05:15 PM HST
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Sens. Malama Solomon, left, and Donovan Dela Cruz, right, were named in a threatening email sent Sunday. Senate photos.

State Sen. Malama Solomon is considering asking a court for a restraining order after she was named in what she has described as a threatening email sent to lawmakers by a Big Island resident.

The email sent to all state senators early Sunday was critical of past support for the Public Land Development Corp. by Solomon and Oahu Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, both of whom were named in the email’s subject line.

“You know…regarding the citizens of Hawaii having spoken: Repeal the goddamed (sic) PLDC!” said the email, a copy of which has been obtained by Big Island Now.

“Times are hard,” it said. ““People are fed up and ready for action—more than you might expect.

“Doing the right thing will, in the long run, prevent a bunch of trouble,” the email continued.

“I am a peaceful man but will do everything possible legal thing (sic) to see to it that these to individuals regret not doing the people’s will.”

The apparent author of the email identified himself and described himself as a Big Island resident.

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Rosh Puahala, a member of Solomon’s staff, today confirmed that the Big Island senator is considering seeking a restraining order but said she has declined to personally discuss the matter on the advice of her attorney.

He said Solomon has consulted the state attorney general, a deputy police chief in Honolulu and Big Island Police Chief Harry Kubojiri on the matter.

Puahala said since the email was sent to the entire Senate, that body’s leadership was considering what action might be taken.

A bill that would repeal the PDLC has been approved by the state House and by two Senate committees, all on unanimous votes. It awaits a third vote by the full Senate.

Editor’s note: Big Island Now is not identifying the alleged author of the email because the authenticity of his or her identity has not been confirmed.

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