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2 acquitted in palace takeover

August 16, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A jury has acquitted two men accused of assaulting an employee during a brief takeover of Honolulu's historic Iolani Palace.

Donald Alfred Love-Boltz of Iowa and Robert Roggasch of Maui were involved in the seizure last August by a Native Hawaiian sovereignty group, which claims the authority to govern the islands.

The jury issued its verdict Friday in less than two hours after a trial with conflicting testimony about the roles the pair played during an altercation between the protesters and the employee.

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