Prosecutor Addresses Ethics Board over Telescope Conflicts

THE BIG ISLAND (Ben Caxton) — A Big Island prosecutor charged with prosecuting protesters blocking access to the summit of Mauna Kea says he does not have any conflicts of interest. Protesters have complained that Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth cannot be fair because his son is employed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory administered by the California Institute of Technology while his wife works for Subaru Telescope, operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. The organizations are two of the six partners that have been fighting for ten years to build a new billion-dollar telescope on Mauna Kea.

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