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Rise Up Rally Monday, Wong Decision Due on Tuesday

April 8, 2019, 6:39 AM HST
* Updated April 8, 6:41 AM
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Pat Wong. File photo courtesy County of Maui

Maui Mayor Michael Victorino will announce his decision at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon regarding leadership in the Department of the Corporation Counsel.

Mayor Victorino will meet with Prosecuting Attorney Don Guzman today discuss the attorney general’s report declining to prosecute Patrick Wong, who was arrested and charged last month with abuse of a household member.

“I have been concerned, first and foremost, about the well-being of the complainant in this case,” Mayor Victorino said. “Domestic violence is intolerable. To remove any question of conflict of interest, I committed that my administration would not be involved in determining the prosecution of this matter. Police did a thorough investigation, which was forwarded to the state attorney general. I have been informed that the AG declined prosecution, based on the evidence.

“Now, I’m confident that due process has been served, and I look forward to finally achieving closure in this matter,” said Mayor Victorino.

Meantime, a demonstration rally against domestic violence called Rise Up Maui will be held this morning at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College.  Rally organizers say they will join a proclamation event to demand action from leaders in the case involving Wong.

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