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Case dismissed against Kona woman accused of hiring hitman to kill husband
Hawaii News Now ^ | May14, 2020 | HNN Staff

Posted on 05/14/2020 10:10:32 PM PDT by Jyotishi

Case dismissed against Kona woman accused of hiring hitman to kill husband

Photograph of Emmy Chen, used in a Hawaii News Now broadcast in 2019. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

By HNN Staff | May 14, 2020 at 4:47 PM HST - Updated May 14 at 4:47 PM

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Federal authorities have dismissed a case against a Kona woman accused in a murder-for-hire scheme to kill her husband.

Last June, Emmy Chen was charged for allegedly using Bitcoin to pay for the murder of her husband, Robert Allen Bruce.

The criminal complaint against her said Chen accessed criminal marketplace websites and deposited the virtual currency, along with instructions on how her husband could be found and killed.

But federal prosecutors now believe that certain evidence that was collected in the case has been impacted by a recent ruling in the Ninth Circuit Court involving search and seizure.

Chen has been released from the Federal Detention Center on Oahu. Her attorney declined to comment for this story.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: crime; hawaii; hitman; law; loophole; murder

1 posted on 05/14/2020 10:10:32 PM PDT by Jyotishi
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To: Jyotishi

Does anyone know WTH this is about?


2 posted on 05/14/2020 10:12:11 PM PDT by robowombat (Orthodox)
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To: Jyotishi

She did it but beat the rap on a ‘technicality’.


3 posted on 05/14/2020 10:18:31 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Jyotishi

Let me guess; her husband forgives and still fully supports his ‘Bride’. He is waiting for her ‘to come back home where she belongs!’

Remember that middle aged seamstress who helped two convicts break out of jail? Her husband is waiting for her prison time to end ‘so they can get back together’.


4 posted on 05/14/2020 10:30:26 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Jyotishi
Guilty


5 posted on 05/14/2020 10:37:55 PM PDT by datura
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To: robowombat

“But federal prosecutors now believe that certain evidence that was collected in the case has been impacted by a recent ruling in the Ninth Circuit Court involving search and seizure.”

Its right there. Whatever that means. You can’t expect modern journalist’s to explain what they say.


6 posted on 05/14/2020 10:57:56 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Jyotishi

Did I miss something? Is the husband dead? It’s never mentioned in the story. It might be important.


7 posted on 05/14/2020 11:04:33 PM PDT by FlyFisher
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To: Revel

The Marxist wing of the Ninth Circuit is the criminal’s best friend. Trump and McConnell (in one of the only successful efforts he’s been involved in) are changing the complexion of the Nutty 9th from Marxist/Psychoward Circus to something slowly crawling towards a “just” circuit.

Believe me, I’ve been stung (in my work) by the 9th with some of the most stupid, bullshit, and openly wrong decisions on record. I’ve also been part of a team that has won despite the 9th Circuit Court for cases in California.

Trump is determined to change this and is having success. Just another reason to re-elect him, i.e. he’s bringing balanced justice back into the Circuit courts.


8 posted on 05/14/2020 11:17:59 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: FlyFisher
Did I miss something? Is the husband dead? It’s never mentioned in the story. It might be important.

I was rather wondering the same thing. 🤗

9 posted on 05/14/2020 11:23:06 PM PDT by Mark17 (Father of US Air Force Officer, who graduated from Air Force pilot training, on 1 May 2020)
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To: FlyFisher; Mark17

If he was dead she would have been charged with murder. She was just charged with hiring the hitman.

Anyway just proves she should have used Angie’s List.


10 posted on 05/15/2020 12:04:11 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SpaceBar
She did it but beat the rap on a ‘technicality’.

That's what I'm getting too. I also suspect she had help from someone in the system. Things are anything but normal in Hawaii. A lot of corruption.

11 posted on 05/15/2020 12:09:51 AM PDT by Boomer ('Democrat' is now synonymous with 'corrupt')
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From July, 2019:

Hawaii News
Kona woman accused of plotting to kill husband

By NELSON DARANCIANG Tribune News Service | Thursday, July 4, 2019, 12:05 a.m.

HONOLULU — A 51-year-old Kona woman accused of using bitcoin to try to hire a hit man on the internet to kill her husband remains in custody at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu, pending arrangements by federal court officials for her release.

Federal prosecutors filed papers in U.S. District Court last week accusing Emmy Baofang Chen of accessing two different darknet websites in January and March to hire a hit man to kill her 61-year-old husband, Robert Bruce.

Bruce filed for divorce in November and was no longer living with his wife. He had an active restraining order prohibiting Chen from threatening or physically or psychologically abusing him, maliciously damaging any of his property and from possessing, controlling or transferring any firearm or ammunition.

Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested Chen on June 26.

Bruce was at her initial court appearance the following day and her bail hearing Tuesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin S.C. Chang ordered Chen’s release pending further prosecution on $100,000 upfront cash bond and imposed a curfew monitored by GPS. Chen’s lawyer, Victor Bakke, said the couple posted the $100,000 cash bond Tuesday but are awaiting the installation of location-monitoring equipment in their home.

Despite the government’s objection, Chang is not prohibiting Chen from having contact with Bruce or from living with him. Bakke told Chang the couple reconciled, got past the murder-for-hire allegations and were living together, caring for their minor son, when Chen was arrested.

Bruce also had the state Family Court TRO against his wife dissolved.

When federal authorities first learned about a plot to kill Bruce, the only information they had about the person attempting to hire a hit man was the online moniker “HAPPYNEWYEAR.” The moniker of the person who made a second attempt was “HAPPY2019.”

Bruce told federal agents in February that the only person who would want him dead was Chen because she was the sole beneficiary of his will. The couple owns eight vacation rental properties on the Big Island and a business that manages the properties.

Bruce told the federal agents that he and Chen had a history of disputes over finances, that his wife was familiar with the dark web and had experience transacting in bitcoin.

https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2019/07/04/hawaii-news/kona-woman-accused-of-plotting-to-kill-husband/amp/


12 posted on 05/15/2020 12:14:40 AM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Jyotishi

They need to clear the calendar so people who go to the beach can be prosecuted.


13 posted on 05/15/2020 12:19:46 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (In time of peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Jyotishi

The guy is a complete and utter cuck moron.

The woman is a killer c@nt.


14 posted on 05/15/2020 12:26:52 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not Averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Boomer

I am pretty sure I saw her husband stepping out with Senator Masie Hirono.


15 posted on 05/15/2020 12:28:05 AM PDT by Roy Tucker ("You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."--Ayn Rand)
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To: Roy Tucker
I am pretty sure I saw her husband stepping out with Senator Masie Hirono.

Whatever you do, please do not post a picture of that wench. 😆 What is seen, can’t be unseen. 😁

16 posted on 05/15/2020 3:03:56 AM PDT by Mark17 (Father of US Air Force Officer, who graduated from Air Force pilot training, on 1 May 2020)
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To: Roy Tucker
I am pretty sure I saw her husband stepping out with Senator Masie Hirono.

Oh yeah; that ho is 100% corrupt.

17 posted on 05/15/2020 4:18:57 AM PDT by Boomer ('Democrat' is now synonymous with 'corrupt')
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To: nickcarraway
"Angie's List"

Well, Takl is closed down...the "Order a Chore" website:

"On behalf of everyone at Takl, we hope you and your families are safe. In these unprecedented times, it was evident that immediate steps were necessary to ensure the safety of our customers, providers, team members and community."

https://takl.com/

18 posted on 05/15/2020 5:08:55 AM PDT by moovova
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