Cases

Cases Description and Files

In re Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest

The Law Center moved for the public release of the court-approved Criminal Justice Act payment vouchers–payments for taxpayer-funded defense counsel and other services–in United States v. Kealoha, 17-CR-582; United States v. Kealoha, 18-CR-68; and United States v. Puana, 19-CR-15.  The Law Center’s motion was filed under 19-MC-367.  Magistrate Judge Wes Reber Porter released the requested […]

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 filed a motion for leave to file an amicus curiae–friend of the court–brief supporting OIP’s […]

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 was filed under 19-MC-282 HG-WRP.  On October 15, 2019, Judge Helen Gillmor granted in part the Law Center’s motion and unsealed records concerning […]

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 was 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 was filed under 19-CV-172 LEK-WRP and 19-MC-95 LEK-WRP.  The case was 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.  On November 19, 2019, Judge […]

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 Minh-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 were 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, […]