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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Prosecutors seeking jail time for Mansho

Advertiser Staff

City prosecutors yesterday said any sentence for convicted City Councilwoman Rene Mansho that does not include prison time would fail to recognize the deliberate nature of her wrongdoing.

Rene Mansho's sentencing is scheduled for tomorrow.

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Mansho, 52, pleaded guilty in April to two felony theft charges as part of a deal in which prosecutors agreed not to file additional charges for forgery, racketeering and money laundering.

But in a sentencing memorandum filed yesterday, prosecutors said Mansho still had not taken full responsibility for her actions and should be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Her illegal activity, which included directing staffers to work on her campaign during city work hours, continued for more than 10 years, and she stopped short of admitting that when she entered her plea, city Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Takata wrote.

"Her smiling face and community activities are a facade for the true person who believes that political office is imbued with privileges and who helped those who could help her further her political career," the memorandum states.

Mansho, a former schoolteacher who represented the Mililani and North Shore areas since 1988, is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow morning by Circuit Court Judge Dan Kochi. Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment yesterday.