Wow, what a heavy week. Â Yesterday was Puna Councilwoman Emily Naeole’s birthday and the county Board of Ethics ruled 4-1 she violated the Ethics Code. Â Her violation is for giving the thumbs-down gesture to a testifier during the June 16 County Council meeting in which the highly publicized reorganization occurred. Â Also, Â yesterday Curtis Narimatsu, a friend whose historical writings are regularly published here as Dispatches From Curt Â guest columns, has been suspended from his law practice.
According to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) to suspend Narimatsu. Â ODC petitioned the court that Narimatsu received 26 complaints in the last two years, with 14 complaints made this year. Narimatsu agreed to represent clients, accepted a reported $15,535, failed to deposit funds into a client trust account, and failed to communicate with the clients or complete the legal services for which he was hired, ODC reportedly told the court. Â If Narimatsu wishes to comment on his suspension, he is welcome to submit a guest column here. Â The same invitation is extended to Auntie Emily â€” if she would like to comment on the Board of Ethics ruling yesterday, or on any issue that she or the rest of the County Council is facing. Read more