Our Website Uses Cookies 

We and the third parties that provide content, functionality, or business services on our website may use cookies to collect information about your browsing activities in order to provide you with more relevant content and promotional materials, on and off the website, and help us understand your interests and improve the website.

For more information, please contact us or consult our Privacy Notice.

Your binder contains too many pages, the maximum is 40.

We are unable to add this page to your binder, please try again later.

This page has been added to your binder.

Mistrial Declared in Trial of Lt. Gov. of American Samoa

February 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC, February 23, 2010 — The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has declared a mistrial in the trial of Lt. Governor Aitofele Sunia of the U.S. territory of American Samoa. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton declared the mistrial following nine days of deliberations in which jurors could not reach a verdict. Today, the panel announced that it was deadlocked, with eleven members favoring acquittal on all counts for both Mr. Sunia and his codefendant, Tini Lam Yuen. Covington & Burling LLP represented Mr. Sunia throughout the proceedings.

The two defendants were indicted in 2007. The indictment charged Mr. Sunia with conspiracy, fraud, bribery, and obstruction of an agency proceeding. The allegations relate to the purchase of school furniture by the American Samoa Department of Education. Mr. Sunia previously served as Treasurer of American Samoa and currently is Lieutenant Governor; he won re-election in 2008. The trial began on January 12.

The Covington white collar defense team was led by partner Stephen Anthony, with partner Emily Henn and associates Josh Greenberg, Kelly Vanderzell, James Smith, and Daniel Suleiman. All are based in the firm’s Washington office.

Share this article: