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2013 Freeway Shooting Trial

Attorney John Schum comforts his client after a Honolulu Circuit Court Judge orders three life sentences. John Schum and his client never disputed the events, but argued that it was not premeditated.

The jury found him guilty of one count of murder, several charges of attempted murder, and posession of firearms. However, the jury also found partially in favor of Mr. Stangel, by finding himi not-guilty of attempte murder of Hawaii Police Officers, but rather convicting him of reckless endangerment for shooting at the officers and one victim.

This meant that Stangel still had an opportunity for parole; however, the prosecutor moved for the strictest sentence, and the Judge ordered three life sentences.

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Hawaii News Now - Stangel Guilty in Shooting


Star-Advertiser - Stangel Sentencing

Huffington Post - Prosecutor Disappointed that Jury Found Not Guilty of First Degree Murder

2013 Murder Trial

Not Guilty of Chinatown Shooting

In a retrial, Zorro Rye was found Not Guilty by a Hawaii jury in 2013 for a 2009 shooting incident in the Chinatown district of Honolulu. John Schum represented Mr. Rye in his first trial in 2012, when the jury was hung, and again in his 2013 retrial, where the jury acquitted Mr. Rye of both the murder charges and the firearm posession charges.

Witnesses claimed Rye was a shooter; however, Rye's girlfriend testified that he was at home with her at the time of the shooting.

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Star-Advertiser - Jury Acquits Man of Chinatown Murder


Hawaii News Now - Pearl City Man Acquitted of Murder Charge

KITV - Opening Statements Video

2010 Murder Trial

John Schum took on the murder case that many attorneys turned down.

Mr. Kahanaoi said he acted in self defense after being invited into the victim's house in Kailua, Hawaii where an altercation then ensued. The jury found Mr. Kahanaoi guilty of the shooting death of the lawyer, Craig Kimsel.

John Schum also represented Mr. Kahanaoi at his ParoleHearing.

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Star-Advertiser - Accused Killer Claims Accident and Self Defense


Star-Advertiser- Kahanaoi Found Guilty in Murder of Lawyer in Kailua

2009 Theft Case

Ex- Right Star CEO, John Dooley, pled no-contest to charges of theft of nearly $51,000, and his attorney John Schum argued for a deferral as this was his first offense. The court decided to sentence him to one year of prison and five years probation. Mr. Dooley was released from jail shortly after the sentencing as he served 600 days while waiting for his trial and subsequent sentencing.

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Honolulu Advertiser - Ex-RightStar CEO pleads


Honolulu Advertiser - Funeral Home Boss Gets 1 Year Prison

2008 Forgery Case

Attorney John Schum saw a Marine through his case, wherein he decided to plead to numerous counts of identity theft of fellow soldiers. Tried in the Honolulu Circuit Court.

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Star Bulletin -Kaneohe Marine accused of forging data for credit cards

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