Hansen Helicopters case heats up as prosecutor calls for sanction of defense attorney

Hansen Helicopters (PNC file photo)

Things got heated in federal court during the deposition of one of the government’s key witnesses in the case against Hansen Helicopters. So much so that the government believes defense attorney David Lujan should be sanctioned and held in contempt for his behavior which they characterized as atrocious.

Attorney David Lujan represents Hansen Helicopter executive Kenneth Crowe. His co-defendant Marvin Reed filed an objection to the government’s unilateral cancellation of the deposition of witness Marinho.

The defense stated that the cancellation was without stipulation or consent of the defense, further stating that the government also deprived the defense of cross examination, stating that by the end of the September 16th, cross examination was not completed.

However, the government contends that Lujan completed the cross examination and provided an excerpt from yesterday’s hearing to the court in which Lujan stated “We’re done. We’re done. I’m done.”

Mr. Lujan then stopped his cross-examination, packed his material (all the while yelling at Ms. Miller), and walked out, the government said.

The government argued that it did not stop the deposition, Mr. Lujan did, because he refused to follow the court’s order regarding the use of an interpreter.

The government states that Lujan created a chaotic environment, insisting the witness did not need an interpreter, further arguing that the line of questioning by Lujan was irrelevant and a waste of the witness’ time.

“Despite this and other irrelevant lines of questioning, and ignoring this Court’s order to use an interpreter, the government did nothing to prevent the defendants’ cross-examination besides properly object,” contends the government.

The government says their behavior has been exemplary despite Lujan’s actions.

“As the Court can glean from the partial transcript of the proceedings, as well the prior audio recording provided to the Court, it is defense counsel, not the Government, which has behaved atrociously,” states the government.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.