Cases Description and Files

Peer News LLC v. City & County of Honolulu

Online publication Civil Beat challenged the Honolulu Police Department’s policy to deny all public records requests for files concerning police officers suspended for misconduct. Civil Beat had requested the files for 12 officers suspended for assaults, falsification of records or obstruction of an investigation, hit-and-runs, or other unspecified criminal conduct. […]

Oahu Publications Inc. v. Ahn

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawai`i News Now challenged Judge Karen Ahn’s decision to close her courtroom to the public on several instances during the last day of jury deliberations in the first trial of State v. Christopher Deedy.  The Law Center organized and filed an amicus curiae—friend of the court—brief on behalf of 13 media […]