Statev.Tongg

Supreme Court of Hawai‘i.Jan 15, 2014
316 P.3d 1277 (Haw. 2014)
316 P.3d 1277131 Hawaii 166

No. SCWC–11–0000127.

2014-01-15

STATE of Hawai‘i, Respondent/Plaintiff–Appellee, v. Ricky W. TONGG, Petitioner/Defendant–Appellant.


For the reasons set forth in my dissenting opinion in State v. Apollonio, 130 Hawa‘i 353, 364–371, 130 Hawai‘i 353, 311 P.3d 676, 687–694, I respectfully dissent from the majority's conclusion that the lack of a mens rea allegation in the charge requires that the case be dismissed without prejudice despite the defendant's untimely objection to the sufficiency of the charge. In my view, where a defendant does not object to a deficient charge in the trial court, the defendant is required to show how he or she was prejudiced by the error. In the instant case, the defendant has not demonstrated how he was prejudiced by the deficient charge. Accordingly, I respectfully dissent.