• Getting Away… with Murder?

    January 5, 2012

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Other Ideas

    With his trial now being postponed until at least September 10, 2012 (some ten months after the November 2011 shooting), State Department Diplomatic Security “Special” Agent Chris Deedy has had the conditions of his bail modified to allow him to leave Hawaii, return to Virginia and continue work at the State Department. The man he allegedly shot is still allegedly dead.

    According to local news in Hawaii, Deedy will not return to his normal work as a Special Agent, but will continue working for the Department at a “desk job.” He is not permitted to carry a weapon and must also stay within a 100 mile radius of his Northern Virginia home.

    Deedy’s lawyer states that he acted in self defense of himself and others when he allegedly shot and killed unarmed local Hawaiian guy Kollin Edlerts at a Waikiki McDonald’s. A separate civil suit is being filed against Deedy by Elderts’ family.

    In its print-only edition, the Honolulu Star Advertiser quoted Deedy’s attorney as saying his client has the “complete support of the State Department.” He also explained that his client’s bond was posted by the equity in his parents’ $455,000 home, and that Deedy has educational loans totaling $85,000, which were cosigned by his sister and aunt, who would be left with the debt if Deedy fled. The lawyer, in arguing for the change in bail conditions, said Deedy cannot afford to pay the $1400 monthly rent for his Virginia home and his current $900 a month rent for a one-bedroom unit in a hotel-condominium building in Honolulu. Deedy’s most significant asset, the lawyer said of his client, is a 2001 auto worth about $1800. Deedy has has worked about 2.5 years at State.

    So, let’s ask some questions:

    1) There exists a security camera video of the shooting, which presumably would make it pretty clear what happened in McDonald’s that night. Honolulu cops used the tape to charge Deedy with Second Degree Murder. Why is a trial not underway now, already some two months after the shooting, and why won’t a trial commence until September, almost ten months after the shooting? Is this the normal pace of things in laid-back Hawaii? Or time for the civil suit to play out, ending with an NDA and charges dropped in return for $$$?

    2) Apparently you can be charged with Second Degree Murder and still work at a desk for State’s Diplomatic Security as long as you don’t peak at Wikileaks. That’d be a real killer.

    3) Apparently you can be charged with Second Degree Murder and still enjoy the “complete support of the State Department.” That support includes Diplomatic Security “do[ing] what we can to ensure Agent Deedy’s well-being, and have already provided assistance to his family” and sending out a helpful memo to all staff ahead of any discovery requests, cheerfully reminding them that “all written communications, on either government or private accounts, may be subject to discovery in legal proceedings relating to this incident.”

    4) Apparently you can work 2.5 years for State’s Diplomatic Security, be $85k in debt, not be able to make your own bail on a murder rap and count an 11 year old car worth $1800 bucks as your most significant asset and still hold a security clearance and carry a gun on behalf of State. No questions asked? Maybe like about judgement and suitability?

    5) And how’s the lawyer getting paid? Air travel from Hawaii? Per diem? How much State Department money is involved here?



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  • Recent Comments

    • Jon said...

      1

      Nice hatchet job – I guess as a blogger you are not held to any standards related to reporting news with a clear bias and agenda. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

      Regarding your attempt to impune the integrity of Creedy due to his personal financial situation – how does having debt related to earning an education and not owning or paying on a “nice” car make you a scumbag with poor judgement? If having no debt and a nice car were the criteria used to determine competency for a job, most Americans would not make the grade.

      You clearly have a vendetta against the the Bureau of Diplomatic Security – which is fine, however you should start each of your anti-Diplomatic Security blogs with a caveat stating that you have a personal bias against DS so readers will know this is a personal attack and not news.

      01/6/12 1:52 PM | Comment Link

    • MattieB said...

      2

      a. It’s “impugn” not “impune.”

      b. The blogger has asked some reasonable questions about this case. Is asking questions evidence of a “personal vendetta?”

      01/6/12 7:42 PM | Comment Link

    • No name said...

      3

      Wow, what rubbish. You wanna tell the other side of the story or just spin some more bs?

      01/13/12 9:05 PM | Comment Link

    • Administrator said...

      4

      Sure, what’s the other side of the story? Tell it here in the comments.

      01/13/12 9:12 PM | Comment Link

    • Manapua said...

      5

      “Sure, what’s the other side of the story?”

      That the unarmed local had a criminal record, was drunk beyond twice the legal limit and had cocaine/marijuana in his system. If you are going to bash Deedy for having college debt maybe you could fairly bash Elderts for being a lowlife?

      03/3/12 7:35 AM | Comment Link

    • Norcal_Steve said...

      6

      If being drunk and using drugs are all you need to be a ready target for law enforcement to gun down, how many Hawaiian’s are at risk tonight?

      Help me out, if an off-duty cop guns down a civilian does he/she automatically get his/her department to pay for a lawyer when charged with murder and when sued by the civilian’s family?

      03/20/12 2:47 PM | Comment Link

    • Gary Williams said...

      7

      “the unarmed local had a criminal record, was drunk beyond twice the legal limit and had cocaine/marijuana in his system.”

      So how was Deedy able to infer all these details before killing him?
      And FYI, a criminal record is very, very common in America – a nation that has gained infamy everywhere else in the world but home, for arresting and imprisoning more of its citizens than Soviet Russia did during Stalin’s “gulag archipelago”. Many, many people have gained criminal records for offenses that other developed nations can’t be bothered with. And whatever this record is for, we can rest assured it’s for something petty and non-violent, otherwise you would have named it.

      Twice the legal limit means 3-4 beer. Hardly a drunken madman.

      Cocaine/marijuana in someones system simply means he, like millions upon millions of other Americans, likes to indulge himself using drugs the likes of Queen Victoria and many celebrated artists, scientists, and American philanthropists also used quite freely before they and alcohol were criminalized through the efforts of the self-righteous Temperance League.
      IOW there is absolutely NOTHING whatsoever that in any way mitigates or excuses Deedy’s crime.

      What your post does show however is the extremely low value that RWA (authoritarian) personalities place on the life of others, should they not behave in a traditional, conservative manner.

      03/23/12 4:19 AM | Comment Link

    • hawaiicyn said...

      8

      The legal limit for “driving” intoxicated in Hawaii is .08 how is .12 double the legal limit? The kid was 5’6″ unarmed and nicknamed “mouse” hardly a threat to State Department Diplomatic Security “Special” Agent Chris Deedy? JMHO

      04/21/12 12:38 PM | Comment Link

    • sofia non-grata said...

      9

      Even attmepted murders aren’t investigated in Hawaii, especially when it involved the “protected few.”

      I know of a REGISTERED NURSE who threatened to kill a neighbor, and she had an ice dealer friends shoot a weapon to “scare” the neighbor into not calling any more reports of illegal activities and violations…

      The nurse was convicted, but they pled down the terroristic threatening to disorderly conduct, and she is still able to keep her RN license…

      SOMETHING is terribly WRONG with a system/people that PROTECTS CRIMNALS!

      07/28/12 8:01 PM | Comment Link

    • My Conscience said...

      10

      Gary Willimas sounds like either a druggie himself, or a convict posting from prison!

      07/28/12 8:03 PM | Comment Link

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