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Attorneys Paul Cunney ??, Myles Breiner ??, and William Harrison ?? react to acquittal of Hirokawa

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Aloha, I'm Nick with A-1 Bail Bonds. In this issue of "Jail Mail" we'll discuss:

-The reactions of several top attorneys to the acquittal of Michael Hirokawa
-Video version of the following is available CLICK HERE.

In the realm of criminal defense, some cases present unique challenges that demand meticulous strategies. One such defense that tests the legal boundaries is involuntary intoxication. This defense hinges on proving that the accused committed the alleged act while under the influence of substances without their knowledge or consent. In this article, we explore the intricacies of the involuntary intoxication defense and shed light on the Hirokawa case, where it proved to be a formidable challenge, yet ultimately successful.

Paul Cunney, one of the most accomplished attorneys in his 50 year career, said,

"Alen Kaneshiro exposed a gaping hole timewise in the State’s collection of evidence and with the expert testimony of Dr. Mark Hagadone, the defense was able to introduce evidence that traces of LSD were found in only Hirokawa's wine glass. Perhaps, the general reputation of hostess bars in the community may have been a underlying factor in assessing credibility. Alen Kaneshiro created a reasonable doubt and earned the acquittal."

Myles Breiner, a former prosecutor and currently one of the top trial defense attorneys Hawaii has ever seen, said,

"In the best of circumstances, it's a very tough defense (involuntary intoxication). This is especially true when the complaining witness is sympathetic, and the defendant has no clear recollection of critical moments in the incident. Fortunately, the defense was able to take advantage of a number of tactical missteps by the police and prosecution regarding the failure to recover critical evidence from the crime scene."

William Harrison, who is one of the most creative and strategic criminal defense attorneys in Hawaii said,

"I congratulate attorney Alan Kaneshiro on his defense of Mr. Hirokawa on a difficult high publicity case. This reaffirms my belief that even the most damning evidence can be overcome with creativity and doggedness! "

Stephanie Nagaoka, a fictional newscaster generated through the magic of Artificial Intelligence, created the following summary based on the quotes given above:

Unraveling the Tough Defense: Involuntary intoxication is regarded as a complex defense, even under the best of circumstances. The combination of a sympathetic complaining witness and the defendant's hazy recollection of critical moments in the incident creates an uphill battle for the defense team. However, success can be achieved by leveraging tactical missteps made by the police and prosecution during the investigation.

A Flawed Timeline and Missing Evidence: In a recent high-profile case, the defense attorney, Alen Kaneshiro, exposed a critical flaw in the State's evidence timeline. By meticulously scrutinizing the sequence of events, Kaneshiro managed to cast doubt on the accuracy of the prosecution's narrative. Furthermore, the defense capitalized on the failure of the police to recover crucial evidence from the crime scene, including a wine glass that contained traces of LSD.

Sympathy versus Reasonable Doubt: The presence of a sympathetic complaining witness can greatly impact the perception of the jury. When the witness is relatable and garners empathy, the defense faces an uphill battle in establishing reasonable doubt. However, Kaneshiro skillfully maneuvered through this challenge by highlighting the complexities of involuntary intoxication and presenting evidence that called into question the credibility of the witness.

The Power of Tactical Missteps: The successful outcome of the case was largely attributed to the strategic advantage gained from the prosecution's and police's tactical missteps. The failure to recover vital evidence from the crime scene became a significant factor in raising doubts about the defendant's state of mind and level of awareness during the alleged incident. Kaneshiro capitalized on these missteps to sway the jury and establish reasonable doubt.

Conclusion: Involuntary intoxication defense presents a formidable challenge, particularly when confronted with a sympathetic complaining witness and a defendant lacking clear recollection of key moments. However, as showcased in this case, a skilled defense attorney can unravel the complexities, expose flaws in the evidence timeline, and capitalize on tactical missteps to create reasonable doubt. The successful outcome of this case serves as a testament to the power of diligent defense strategies in the face of tough legal challenges.

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