Crime and Punishment

Capital Punishment

I believe that capital punishment laws, in cases where the jury is convinced there is overwhelming evidence to support the conviction, need to be enacted to protect and provide equitable justice for the citizens of Hawaii.

Self Defense against unlawful intruders

I believe that ridiculous inhumane laws that put the obligation on the victims to escape their intruders and attackers need to be abolished and replaced with laws that allow individuals to protect themselves, their families, and their neighbors as well as their property from perpetrators. Such a sovereign right and responsibility is endowed by our Creator and any law inhibiting or penalizing self protection is a moral injustice.

Felonies committed by drug or alcohol influenced individuals

I believe that laws and judicial practices that allow criminals who have been determined to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while committing felony level crimes a favored status to receive a more lenient sentence or a reprieve of their sentence for participating in a rehabilitation type training program need to be abolished. On the contrary, individuals who have chosen to commit crimes under the influence of drugs or alcohol should be held fully responsible for the consequences of their actions – consciously choosing to participate in irresponsible behavior which increased the potential for endangering others and deciding to commit a felony level crime. Individuals need to be held accountable for their actions regardless. Initial foolish irresponsible choices are not an excuse or consolation for injuries caused by further serious choices to commit felony level crimes.

I believe in enacting laws that require stricter standards of judicial protocol and minimum mandatory prison sentences for those who have been determined to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while committing felony level crimes.