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Julia Mason, a Harvard graduate from Alamo, California is conducting her research internship at Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). She graduated summa cum laude in May 2013 from Harvard University with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and a secondary degree in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Ms. Mason is thrilled to be working with PICRC’s research team and its partners in a variety of projects including evaluation of Marine Protected Area (MPA) efficacy as well as to take part in socioeconomic study of coral reef valuation. Her interest is to focus on coral reef ecology, marine conservation, and MPA design. Ms. Mason is funded through a Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Public Service Fellowship. She began her internship with PICRC in November and will be in Palau until March 2014. Continue reading
On November 17, 2013, the jury in the matter of Republic of Palau v. Zylden Yano returned a verdict after two full days of deliberation, thus concluding Palau’s second jury trial. The defendant was found guilty on all five counts: Attempted murder in the first degree; robbery; aggravated assault; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and grand larceny. After the verdict was read, the trial court thanked the jury for diligently fulfilling their important civic obligation.
A jury system can only succeed when jurors embrace the serious responsibility to which they are charged and live up to their obligation as the ultimate decision makers in the case. The trial court also commended Assistant Attorney General Joshua Kolsrud, representing the Republic, and William Ridpath, representing the defendant, for their fine work.
The Court would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their superb job in this matter. Palau’s second jury trial progressed efficiently. Setting a new record, the jury was empanelled in under two hours. The trial lasted five days, interrupted by typhoon Haiyan after the first day. The jury heard testimony over three full days. Sentencing in this matter shall be set after the trial court receives Probation’s presentence report.
As soon as it is safe to do so, we will reconnect and give an update of our situation.
Thank you to everyone and please say a prayer for the Republic of Palau.
– Salvador Tellames and “Sha” Merirei Ongelungel