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Oral Argument Before the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals

CAAP-12-0000138, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10 a.m.

State of Hawaii, Plaintiff-Appellee vs. Christopher J.A. Ramos, Defendant-Appellant.

The above-captioned case has been set for argument on the merits at:

Supreme Court Courtroom
Ali`iolani Hale, 2nd Floor
417 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Attorney(s) for Defendant-Appellant:

Jon N. Ikenaga, Deputy Public Defender

Attorney(s) for Plaintiff-Appellee: 

Donn Fudo, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

COURT: Nakamura, CJ., Reifurth and Ginoza, JJ.

[ Listen to the entire audio recording in mp3 format ]

Brief Description:

Defendant-Appellant Christopher J.A. Ramos (Ramos) was convicted of excessive speeding, in violation of Hawaii Revised Statutes § 291C-105(a)(1) (2007). Ramos’s conviction was based on a laser gun speed reading which showed that he was driving his vehicle seventy-six miles per hour in a thirty-five-miles-per-hour zone. Ramos appeals from the Judgment entered by the District Court of the First Circuit (District Court).

On appeal, Ramos contends that (1) the District Court abused its discretion in admitting evidence of the laser gun speed reading because Plaintiff-Appellee State of Hawai`i failed to lay a sufficient foundation for admission of the evidence; and (2) without evidence of the laser gun reading, there was insufficient evidence to support his conviction, and therefore his conviction must be reversed.