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HRDC lawsuit filed against CCA, State of Hawaii over death of prisoner at mainland facility

Civil Beat, Feb. 15, 2012. http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/02/15/14...
HRDC lawsuit filed against CCA, State of Hawaii over death of prisoner at mainland facility - Civil Beat 2012

Death of Hawaii Prisoner Raises Concerns About Arizona Facility

By Chad Blair 02/15/2012

What could the mother of a 26-year-old son possibly have to say about the beating and multiple-stabbing death of her son in his own Arizona prison cell — a killing in which his assailants carved the name of their gang into his chest?

The best that Davina Waialae could muster, between many tears, was that Bronson Nunuha's short life could serve as an example so that others will not meet a similar fate.

"I am here so other inmates, other members of my family, will not have to go what we are going through," Waialae told reporters Wednesday outside 1st Circuit Court. "My family is still devastated with what is happening. ... My grandson has to grow up without a dad."

Standing at Waialae's side were attorneys for the ACLU of Hawaii and a San Francisco law firm that, along with the Vermont-based nonprofit Human Rights Defense Center, have filed a civil suit over Nunuha's death. ...