Cases

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In re Office of Information Practices Opinion Letter No. F19-04

The City & County of Honolulu disagreed with an opinion issued by the Office of Information Practices concerning public access to the City’s appraisals of government-owned property.  OIP held that the appraisals must be disclosed to the public.  The Law Center sought leave to file an amicus curiae–friend of the court–brief supporting OIP’s position.  S.P. No. […]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal competency evaluation records after the Court found a criminal defendant unfit to stand trial in United States v. Ernest Bade, 18-CR-167 HG-1.  The Law Center’s motion is filed under 19-MC-282 HG-WRP.

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center objected to Defendants Katherine Kealoha and Louis Kealoha’s effort to seal documents filed in connection with a motion in limine to suppress evidence in United States v. Katherine P. Kealoha, 17-CR-582 JMS WRP.  The Law Center’s objection is filed under 19-MC-86.  On May 14, 2019, Judge Seabright denied Defendants’ motion to seal […]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal documents filed under seal without public explanation in United States v. Gerard K. Puana, 13-CR-735 LEK, and other related cases.  The Law Center’s motion is filed under 19-CV-172 LEK-WRP and 19-MC-95 LEK-WRP.  The case is assigned to Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi.  On June 24, 2019, Judge Kobayashi granted the […]

Honolulu Civil Beat v. Department of Education

Online publication Civil Beat challenged the Department of Education’s refusal to provide documents concerning 34 closed cases of employee misconduct reported to the Board of Education in May 2018.  The case is before Judge Bert I. Ayabe. Civil No. 19-1-191-2 BIA.  Civil Beat moved for partial summary judgment on August 14, 2019.  The summary judgment motion will be heard on October 10.

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center objected to several motions to seal filed by Defendants Katherine Kealoha, Gordon Shiraishi, and Ming-Hung Nguyen in an effort to conceal documents filed in connection with motions to dismiss the indictment or suppress evidence in United States v. Katherine P. Kealoha, 17-CR-582 JMS RLP.  The Law Center’s objections are filed under 19-MC-10, […]

In re Motion to Unseal Court Records

The Law Center moved to unseal multiple documents filed under seal without apparent explanation in United States v. Katherine P. Kealoha, 17-CR-582 JMS RLP-1.  The Law Center’s motion is filed under 18-MC-477 JMS-RLP.  On December 21, 2018, Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi denied the motion to unseal, stating that the documents were sealed to protect a […]

Walden v. Hi`ilei Aloha LLC

Plaintiff Andrew Walden, Editor of Hawaii Free Press, filed an action to obtain copies of the check registers and income/expense statements of three limited liability companies controlled by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  The Law Center moved for leave to file an amicus curiae—friend of the court—brief regarding procedural and substantive issues raised by the […]

League of Women Voters of Honolulu & Common Cause v. State of Hawai`i

League of Women Voters of Honolulu and Common Cause challenged whether the process for adopting Act 84 (2018) complied with the Hawai`i Constitution.  The lawsuit focused on the gut-and-replace legislative process that makes it difficult for members of the public and the Legislature to follow, understand, and provide meaningful comments on legislation.  Specifically, in 2018, […]

State v. Wellman

Maui News submitted a memorandum supporting the unsealing of court-ordered mental competency reports filed in State v. Ashley Wellman, Cr. No. 2CPC-17-909.  In October 2016, Wellman drove in excess of 120 MPH through a busy intersection on Maui, striking other vehicles and killing two women.  The court ordered three experts to examine Wellman’s mental fitness. […]