Cases

Cases Description and Files

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal the Defendant’s sentencing filings in United States v. Rudolph Puana, 19-CR-15 JMS-WRP.  The documents should state the Defendant’s position regarding factual and legal issues related to his sentencing for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and fentanyl and for a firearms offense.  The motion was assigned to the Honorable J. Michael […]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal search warrant materials and related filings in connection with United States v. Leong et al., 21-CR-142 LEK. Search warrants typically are withheld from the public before an indictment is filed so that potential targets cannot prematurely learn about the criminal investigation and destroy evidence or flee the jurisdiction. The indicted […]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal the Defendant’s sentencing statement and exhibits, including letters of support, in United States v. Nickie Mali Lum Davis, 20-CR-68 LEK.  The document should state the Defendant’s position regarding factual and legal issues related to her sentencing for aiding and abetting a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.  The […]

Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest v. Maile

This case concerns whether a rule of the Hawai`i State Courts violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The U.S. Supreme Court has long recognized that there can be no guarantee of free speech on matters concerning our justice system unless the public has access to see what happens in court cases.  Thus, the […]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center objected to the proposed sealing of exhibits to a motion to compel discovery in United States v. Leong, 21-CR-142 LEK.  In the motion to seal, Defendant Roy Amemiya claimed that two exhibits should not be disclosed because of a blanket protective order in the case.  The Law Center’s objection was filed under 22-MC-347. […]

N.F. v. Department of Transportation (Confidential Flag)

In 2018, the Law Center learned more about the State Judiciary’s use of a confidential flag.  The confidential flag seals the entire case from public view, including the names of the parties, the docket, and the identities of counsel.  Subsequent motions to unseal in specific cases raised questions about whether these cases generally deserved this […]

Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest v. Department of Public Safety

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of incarcerated individuals alleged that conditions within Hawai`i prisons were contributing to disease outbreaks.  The parties settled when the Department of Public Safety agreed to permit an independent panel to review the facilities and provide guidance and recommendations.  The monitoring panel produced six reports from October 2021 to March […]

Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corp. v. AOAO Harbor Lights

On May 18, 2022, Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation filed a complaint against AOAO Harbor Lights on Maui demanding over $100,000 in damages for a contract claim.  The exact nature of the dispute, however, is unknown because the complaint was filed under seal without any prior order of the circuit court that explained the reason for the […]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal search warrants related to the indictment filed in United States v. Michael J. Miske, Jr., et al., 19-CR-99 DKW-KJM.  Search warrants typically are withheld from the public before an indictment is filed so that potential targets cannot prematurely learn about the criminal investigation and destroy evidence or flee the jurisdiction. […]

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved to unseal the sentencing statements and memoranda filed in United States v. Jamie Kalani English, 22-CR-12 SOM RT and in United States v. Ty J. K. Cullen, 22-CR-13 SOM RT.  The statements should have the Defendants’ positions regarding sentencing disputes after the former legislators pleaded guilty to honest services wire fraud […]