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Ian Lind

Ian Lind is an award-winning investigative reporter and columnist who has been blogging daily for more than 20 years. He has also worked as a newsletter publisher, public interest advocate and lobbyist for Common Cause in Hawaii, peace educator, and legislative staffer. Lind is a lifelong resident of the islands. Read his blog here. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views.
The Miske Case: Former Kaneohe Biker Bar Operator Pleads Guilty John Pritchett/Civil Beat

The Miske Case: Former Kaneohe Biker Bar Operator Pleads Guilty

Prosecutors have now lined up at least nine people linked to alleged crime boss Mike Miske as cooperating witnesses.

One Miske Defendant Gets Out On Bail, Another Ordered To Remain Behind Bars Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

One Miske Defendant Gets Out On Bail, Another Ordered To Remain Behind Bars

New developments this week in the complex criminal case against what’s alleged to be a large criminal enterprise operating in Honolulu.

2 Defendants In Miske Case Want The Court To Let Them Out On Bail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

2 Defendants In Miske Case Want The Court To Let Them Out On Bail

Hearings are set this week on motions to reconsider the judge’s prior decision favoring continued detention.

The Miske Case: Death Penalty Is Off The Table Hawaii News Now/2020

The Miske Case: Death Penalty Is Off The Table

Mike Miske faces four charges related to murder, kidnapping and racketeering that could have resulted in capital punishment.

Updated Indictment In Miske Case Includes New Defendants And Details Of Alleged Murder FBI/2020

Updated Indictment In Miske Case Includes New Defendants And Details Of Alleged Murder

The kingpin’s daughter-in-law was named as a defendant, along with a business associate alleged to have bought a large fish bag to dispose of a body at sea.

Miske Case Rocks Stagehand Union After Executive Board Member’s Guilty Plea John Pritchett/Civil Beat

Miske Case Rocks Stagehand Union After Executive Board Member’s Guilty Plea

Norman Akau pleaded guilty to taking part in the Miske organization last month. Another union member says coworkers plotted with Miske to kill him after a falling out.

A Surprise Revelation In The Miske Case: A Plot To Kill A Union Official Screenshot: Hawaii News Now/2021

A Surprise Revelation In The Miske Case: A Plot To Kill A Union Official

A co-defendant described a new twist in the prosecution of the Honolulu businessman — an alleged murder attempt on a local union leader.

An Accountant Is The Latest To Be Charged In The Miske Case Hawaii News Now

An Accountant Is The Latest To Be Charged In The Miske Case

The charges filed last week against Tricia Ann Castro were the first to target a professional accused of aiding the Honolulu business owner in concealing his alleged criminal activities.

The Miske Case: A Co-Defendant Turns Against Alleged Honolulu Crime Boss Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

The Miske Case: A Co-Defendant Turns Against Alleged Honolulu Crime Boss

As trial for Michael Miske Jr. approaches in September, more people involved in myriad crimes he’s alleged to have masterminded are expected to cooperate with federal prosecutors.