Judges for Justice v. Nakamoto
Judges for Justice, a Washington nonprofit, filed a motion to unseal in In re Schweitzer, S.P. No. 07-1-0007. The only filings in the case (two stipulations) had been sealed without explanation. The motion to unseal outlined the recent Hawai`i Supreme Court cases that require a circuit court to explain why filings continue to be sealed. The Honorable Henry T. Nakamoto denied the motion to unseal and ordered monetary sanctions ($17,075.11) against Judges for Justice because it was not a party to the Schweitzer proceeding. On February 21, 2020, Judges for Justice filed a petition for writs of prohibition and mandamus with the Hawai`i Supreme Court, challenging the continued sealing without justification as well as the refusal to consider, and order of sanctions for filing, a non-party motion to unseal. On September 9, 2020, the Hawai`i Supreme Court denied the petition in light of a pending appeal filed by Judges for Justice to challenge the imposition of sanctions. No. SCPW-20-85.
- Petition for Writ of Prohibition and Writ of Mandamus (2/21/20)
- Brief of Amicus Curiae Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (6/10/20)
- Schweitzer Response to Petition (7/6/20)
- Judge Nakamoto Response to Petition (7/9/20)
- State of Hawai`i Response to Petition (7/9/20)
- Order Denying Petition (9/9/20)