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Double Standard when it comes to cops in Hawai'i: On Robert Sylva

I read today's paper and in it I found out that a cop that is facing a federal trial on charges of trafficking in crystal methamphetamine will be released on bail. What the hell? His stupid ass should stay in the Federal Detention Center. Actually all the stupid asses who touch and who distribute Ice should be put in the Federal Detention Center. Then they will see how "fun" Ice is. I say throw away the key because THEY DISGUST ME. That is, they aid and abet diseases of the mind and of the body so THROW AWAY THE KEY. Worse... they don't respect me so if they ever talk to me I WILL knock them out *LOL*

Alot of people have asked me why I am so against Ice. I don't mind other drugs like coke and pot because I held a baby that was born with Ice in his system. Once you do it totally changes your perspective or at least it changed mine. That is why I think that Ice is for WEAK people. That is, weak people who cannot handle Reality and who don't give a fuck if they hurt other people because when you hurt one person while in the Ice Matrix you end up hurting EVERYONE so they deserve to go to jail and I am not sorry that I feel this way. I have NO compassion for these type of people and I am a very compassionate person. Unfortunately jail is the ONLY solution as behavioral modification fails Ice Addiction but it is also a choice. That is, these people CHOOSE to buy and/or sell Ice so throw ALL of them in jail where they can have "fun." ANYWAY I am shocked that he will be released when his ass should be in jail:

Accused policeman to be released

By Jim Dooley
Advertiser Staff Writer

Honolulu police officer Robert Sylva, facing federal trial on charges of trafficking in crystal methamphetamine, yesterday won a bid to be released on bail after suggesting that he be supervised by another HPD officer with his own history of problems with the law.

In federal detention since his arrest March 28 by FBI agents, Sylva, 48, a 22-year HPD veteran, asked U.S. Magistrate Leslie Kobayashi to release him to the custody of fellow HPD officer William Lurbe, who entered a deferred no-contest plea in February to misdemeanor criminal charges of reckless endangerment and harassment.

Kobayashi approved Sylva's release over the objections of Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Kawahara, who said Lurbe, 44, a lifelong friend of Sylva's, was not qualified to supervise Sylva.

Kobayashi said Sylva can be released from the Federal Detention Center on Monday morning after he posts a $25,000 bond and is fitted with an electronic tracking device to be worn whenever he leaves Lurbe's house for pre-approved visits to his attorney or for medical treatment.

Kawahara asked Kobayashi to delay Sylva's release until at least noon on Monday so he can appeal her ruling to Chief Federal Judge David Ezra. Kobayashi declined.

Sylva's lawyer, Alvin Nishimura, said Sylva has been held in "the SHU," the special holding unit at the Federal Detention Center, "for 23 hours a day every day since he was arrested."

Nishimura also is a lifelong friend of Sylva's and said his client needs drug treatment and mental health counseling. "He's not going to get any better sitting in the SHU 23 hours a day," Nishimura said, acknowledging that Sylva has been segregated from the rest of the inmate population for his own safety.

Prosecutor Kawahara said Lurbe is not qualified to keep an eye on Sylva.

"He has his own personal issues and demons that he has to deal with," Kawahara said, noting the recent criminal case against Lurbe, which grew from a Sept. 5, 2003 traffic incident in Windward O'ahu.

Lurbe, who was off duty, forced off the road another car that was trying to pass him and then became involved in a physical altercation with the other driver and with a witness to the incident, according to court records.

He was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, and two counts of harassment, a petty misdemeanor, entering the deferred no-contest plea on March 22 of this year.

State Circuit Judge Rhonda Nishimura permitted Lurbe to enter the plea — which would erase the charges from Lurbe's record if he stays trouble-free for a year — over the objections of the Honolulu prosecuting attorney's office.

Deputy Prosecutor Chastity Tom argued that Lurbe shouldn't be permitted to enter such a deferred plea because he had already made a similar plea when charged with another criminal offense, second-degree terroristic threatening, in 1993. Details of that charge were not immediately available yesterday.

But Judge Nishimura granted Lurbe's request and also gave him permission to continue carrying a firearm. Without that dispensation, Lurbe could not have continued to work as a police officer.

Prosecutor Kawahara said in court yesterday that the 2003 traffic incident occurred just two days after Lurbe was "punitively removed and discharged from the (HPD) Narcotics-Vice Division for credibility problems."

Lurbe was disciplined for falsifying claims for gasoline reimbursement, but attorney Nishimura said yesterday that Lurbe's "odometer was broken and he had to estimate his mileage." Nishimura claimed that Lurbe's estimates were less than the actual number of miles he drove.

In January 2001, a federal court jury found Lurbe and another HPD officer liable for $400,000 in civil damages in a lawsuit filed by a former Honolulu man who spent three years in prison for a gun possession conviction that was later overturned by the Hawai'i Supreme Court.

The size of that judgment was later reduced in settlement talks with the city, but the precise amount of money ultimately paid on behalf of the two officers could not be determined yesterday.

Sylva faces prison time of 10 years to life if convicted of the drug charges against him. According to court records, Sylva sold methamphetimine on three occasions to confidential informants, including once when Sylva was wearing his HPD uniform.

Nishimura told the judge yesterday that Sylva has serious personal problems, becoming depressed after his father, mother and child all died within 18 months.

"We want to get him help. He needs substance abuse counseling. I've known him to be a kind and gentle soul all his life," Nishimura said told the judge, his voice breaking with emotion.

Magistrate Kobayashi noted that Sylva won't be accepted in a licensed drug treatment program because he is a police officer "and his presence there would impact on others at the facility."

Lurbe told Kobayashi he was willing to supervise Sylva.

"I'll make sure he doesn't violate his restrictions," Lurbe said.

"I'm here to support him," Lurbe said of Sylva. "He's a longtime friend, almost like a family member."

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Then in the Honolulu Starbulletin his stupid ass excuses are explained to TRY to relieve him of his responsibilities. He's a boy... NOT A MAN and he should be taking responsibility for his ACTIONS:

Officer in ‘ice’ case freed: A federal magistrate approves a request for treatment under a friend’s supervision

By Debra Barayuga

A federal magistrate has ordered the release of a Honolulu police officer accused of selling crystal methamphetamine earlier this year who says he wants to seek treatment for depression and a drinking problem.

Robert Henry Sylva, 49, has been detained without bail at the federal detention center in a special holding unit since his March 28 arrest.

Magistrate Leslie Kobayashi agreed yesterday to Sylva's request to be released to the custody and supervision of police officer William Lurbe, a childhood friend and fellow recruit classmate.

But she also ordered the posting of a $25,000 unsecured bond, home detention and electronic monitoring to address the government's concern that he is a danger to the community if he resumes his alleged drug activities.

Federal prosecutors objected to the release and said they intend to appeal her decision to a district judge.

Sylva sought the release so he could seek treatment for depression and a drinking problem that began four years ago after he lost both his parents to cancer and his 12-year-old son to complications of cerebral palsy -- all within a year and a half, said his attorney Al Nishimura.

The devastation and depression led him to drink and seek solace in women, one of whom took $100,000 of his retirement money, causing him to lose his childhood home, Nishimura stated in court documents. Other women who used drugs also led to his subsequent arrest on the drug charges, he said.

"Although Mr. Sylva never used drugs himself, obtaining drugs for women who showed him attention was the only way he knew how to deal with his depression," Nishimura said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Kawahara objected to Sylva being placed in Lurbe's custody, saying it was inappropriate given Lurbe, a former narcotics vice officer, is under supervision by state probation officials for a September 2003 traffic incident in which he pleaded no contest earlier this year to two misdemeanor harassment charges.

He questioned Lurbe's conduct in that incident, which occurred one week after he received a disciplinary letter for an unrelated matter. Kawahara said Lurbe's actions showed a lack of good judgment and call into question whether he is qualified to supervise Sylva when he has issues of his own.

Kobayashi said while the traffic incident showed a lack of judgment on Lurbe's part, he took responsibility, and she felt he was sincere in his willingness to supervise Sylva, even if it could put his career at risk.

Nishimura, who also grew up with Sylva, described his friend as a "kind and gentle soul" and devoted and loving father who had not seen his only remaining child, a 12-year-old daughter, since his arrest, making him more depressed. She has been unable to visit him at the detention center because he is in a special holding unit, confined for 23 hours a day, for his safety.

Lurbe, a police officer since 1982, was previously assigned to the Kalihi district but had his gun and badge taken away and has since been reassigned, a police spokeswoman said.

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