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Friday, September 20, 2013
Hawaii Scores 'C' for Jail Diversion of Mentally Ill
By News Release @ 2:29 PM :: 6356 Views :: Health Care, Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment

Fewer than half the U.S. population lives in communities where the most basic methods of diverting people with severe mental illness from the criminal justice system are being used....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Navy Yard Shooting: Failure of Mental Health Care System
By Selected News Articles @ 1:25 PM :: 5885 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness, Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment

Approximately half of mass shootings are caused by individuals with untreated severe mental illness....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Accused Child Molester Ran Mortgage Scam from Restaurant Row Office
By Selected News Articles @ 5:06 PM :: 7053 Views :: Judiciary

Hawaii's attorney general wants to enjoin four people he says are practicing law illegally and operating a fraudulent mortgage-relief scheme in the state....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Public Comment Open on Maui District Court Nominees
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 2728 Views :: Judiciary

Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Monday, September 30, 2013....

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Video: Roger Epstein talks with Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:46 PM :: 3866 Views :: Development, Judiciary

Roger Epstein, senior partner of Cades Schutte Law Firm, talks with Dr. Keli’i Akina about Hawaii as a center for global transformation....

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Thursday, September 05, 2013
Eight Years of InverseCondemnation
By Robert Thomas @ 3:16 PM :: 3123 Views :: Judiciary

... I'd like to hail my fellow law bloggers who, like me, make the time to share thoughts about the legal issues of the day ....

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Thursday, September 05, 2013
"Let's Film All The Lawyers"– Hawaii’s Second Law Film Festival
By Robert Thomas @ 3:13 PM :: 4136 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Deedy jury foreman: Deadlocked 8-4 for Acquittal
By Selected News Articles @ 12:17 PM :: 8392 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

He said it would not have necessarily been easier to convict Deedy of the lesser manslaughter charge....

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Friday, August 16, 2013
Judicial Selection Commission Seeks Supreme Court Nominees
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 2955 Views :: Judiciary

Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations to fill the following anticipated judicial vacancy:  Associate Justice, Supreme Court

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Lawsuit Challenges Honolulu 'Stored Property' Seizure from Private Property
By Robert Thomas @ 11:41 PM :: 4841 Views :: First Amendment, Homelessness, Judiciary
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Saturday, August 03, 2013
Ashford Nomination Challenged on Ethics
By Andrew Walden @ 6:20 PM :: 6197 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

The ethical response is to try again, not to proceed in violation of Hawaii law and court rules....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Malpractice: Trial Attorneys Take on Negligent Abortionists
By Selected News Articles @ 10:29 PM :: 4135 Views :: Family, Health Care, Judiciary

“Botched Abortion” project designed to hold abortionists accountable for medical malpractice....

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Saturday, June 29, 2013
Premature Action: 9th Circuit Illegally Allows Gay Marriages to Begin
By News Release @ 7:06 PM :: 3821 Views :: Family, Judiciary

The legal team defending California’s marriage amendment filed an emergency application with the U.S. Supreme Court Saturday to vacate a premature order that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued Friday....

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Pilot project reducing institutional placement of at-risk youths
By News Release @ 6:08 AM :: 3843 Views :: Higher Education, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

There are currently nine youths between the ages of 13-17 in the Wrap Hawai‘i pilot program....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Hawaii Appeals Court Thwarts State's Massive Land Grab
By Robert Thomas @ 8:06 PM :: 5011 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

the State of Hawaii's attempted land grab would have undermined the sanctity of all Land Court titles....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
JSC Announces Nominees for 1st Circuit Court
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 2779 Views :: Judiciary

The Chief Justice, with the consent of the Senate, shall fill a vacancy in the district courts....

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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Hawaii Officials Could Face Prison Over Failure to Act on Bird Deaths
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 3969 Views :: Environment, Judiciary
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Friday, May 24, 2013
Honolulu Muslim Leader Accuses Radical Muslim of Two Local Attacks
By Andrew Walden @ 2:12 AM :: 10984 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Will Hawaii’s soft-on-crime Judiciary allow an insanity plea to a Muslim claiming a religious justification for acts of violence or terrorism?

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Former Hawaii Judge Suspended for 'Misappropriation of Client Money'
By Selected News Articles @ 9:32 PM :: 4536 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Marjorie Manuia was appointed a part-time district judge in 1982 and served two terms as a Family Court district judge from 1984 to 1996....

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Saturday, May 18, 2013
Stanley Chang Suspended by Bar Association
By Andrew Walden @ 11:41 PM :: 10077 Views :: Judiciary, Politicians

Honolulu Councilmember and Congressional candidate Stanley Chang has lost his right to practice law in Hawaii....

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Saturday, May 18, 2013
Is Anyone On The Hook If a Volcano Gawker Ends Up In Trouble?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 PM :: 3675 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...the signs are treated by visitors less as warnings and more as centerpieces of funny photographs to show the folks back home....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Aloha Tower Case Tests 'Private Attorney General' Before Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 10:02 PM :: 3934 Views :: Development, Judiciary
Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., the Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Aloha Tower Dev. Corp. v. State of Hawaii....
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Monday, May 06, 2013
Lodestar: Plaintiff Attorneys Awarded Fees in Rail Iwi Case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 AM :: 5938 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Rail

the "private attorney general" doctrine...allows a prevailing party to recover fees and costs....

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Foreclosed Homeowners Sue 32 Hawaii Judges
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 AM :: 5096 Views :: Ethics, Development, Judiciary

Fuchs claims that Judge Ayabe's wife did legal work for three of Fuchs's adversaries in the foreclosure case....

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Friday, April 19, 2013
Derrick Kahala Watson: Senate Confirms New Honolulu Federal Judge
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 3314 Views :: Judiciary

Watson will be the only Native Hawaiian serving as an Article III judge ....

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Property Seized by Mayor: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Guam Case
By Robert Thomas @ 1:15 AM :: 3506 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...the case seemed like a good vehicle for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the pretext-in-eminent-domain issue it teased us with in Kelo....

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Friday, April 12, 2013
“Let ‘Em Eat Cake” Comes to Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 PM :: 4442 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

"Can it be that the idiots who evidently run the Hawaii Business magazine have never heard about the principle that statutes have to be constitutional?"

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Land Use: Making an Environment for Those With Means
By Robert Thomas @ 1:05 PM :: 7633 Views :: Environment, Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Cost of Living
...Others can live in Hong Kong-style apartments so I can enjoy my place in the country....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Application Deadline to Serve on State Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions is March 31
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 4204 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary
Ethics Commission applicants will either fill a  four-year term or an unexpired term that ends on June 30, 2014.  The vacancy on the Campaign Spending Commission is for a full, four-year term....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
ICA Hears Case Challenging State Ownership of Mineral, Geothermal Rights
By Robert Thomas @ 4:09 AM :: 5186 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use
HAWICA Appeal: Is A Mineral Right An Inherent Servitude, Or Must It Be Reflected In ‘Torrens Title’?
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Friday, March 15, 2013
UH Federalist Society: "Litigating for Liberty: Non-traditional Public Interest Law."
By Robert Thomas @ 1:34 PM :: 4305 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

Scott Bullock, the Institute for Justice lawyer who argued Kelo will be speaking next Monday at the University of Hawaii School of Law ....

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Thursday, March 07, 2013
Enviro Lawyers Off Target With Criticism Of Callies, Says Callies
By Robert Thomas @ 4:33 PM :: 5574 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Land Use

...the environmental lawyers upped the ante by calling Callies a liar and a sell-out....

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Friday, March 01, 2013
Sakai: Misconduct Investigation Underway After Latest Prisoner Escape
By News Release @ 11:33 AM :: 4651 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...it was noted that no one in that van had leg shackles on....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Antolini vs Callies: Moon Court Favored Public Participation, not Environmentalists
By Robert Thomas @ 7:47 PM :: 5259 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

...the court's environmental jurisprudence wasn't so much focused on outcome, but rather on process....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Chief Justice Delivers State of Judiciary through Social Media and Releases Strategic Plan
By Video @ 2:40 PM :: 3056 Views :: Judiciary

...Recktenwald delivered his biennial State of the Judiciary address on the Judiciary’s new YouTube channel....

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Thursday, February 07, 2013
Upcoming Hawaii Appellate Arguments Of Interest
By Robert Thomas @ 9:31 PM :: 2660 Views :: Judiciary

The oral argument calendar of the Hawaii Supreme Court  looks pretty interesting.... 

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Empire Strikes Back: Reaction To UH Lawprof's Study Of Success Rates In Hawaii Supreme Court Cases
By Robert Thomas @ 12:56 AM :: 6246 Views :: Environment, Development, Judiciary

...the good professor labeled the record of the 1993-2010 Hawaii Supreme Court on property issues "appalling," so it should come as no surprise that two of the beneficiaries of those rulings have now rallied to that court's defense....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
Hawaii Supreme Court to Hear Another Shoreline Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:34 PM :: 4874 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

The Hawaii Supreme Court has accepted certiorari and agreed to review the Intermediate Court of Appeals' unpublished memorandum opinion in Diamond v. Dobbin....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Pretextural Takings: Will Supreme Court Hear Guam Case?
By Robert Thomas @ 7:07 PM :: 5636 Views :: National News, Judiciary, Land Use

NFIB, CATO Instiutute, Owners' Counsel of America, and lawprofs James Ely, David Callies, Todd Zywicki, Randy Barnett, Eric Claeys, and D. Benjamin Barros -- have filed an amicus brief ....

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Sierra Club Koa Ridge Challenge
By Robert Thomas @ 4:10 PM :: 7542 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Land Use

Intermediate Court of Appeals held that the Hawaii Senate's failure to confirm a sitting Land Use Commissioner for a second term did not disqualify him from office ....

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Thursday, January 03, 2013
Private Attorney General? Hawaii ICA Says 'No'
By Robert Thomas @ 10:41 PM :: 3957 Views :: Judiciary

In 2009, in the "Superferry" case, the Hawaii Supreme Court, after years of hinting (but not finding a suitable vehicle), formally adopted the "private attorney general' doctrine ....

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Monday, December 31, 2012
Governor Appoints Annelle Amaral to Hawaii Paroling Authority
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 6490 Views :: Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

The interim appointment fills a new seat in compliance with Act 139 of the 2012 Legislature, which increased Hawaii Paroling Authority members from three to five.

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Governor Appoints Judge Dean Ochiai to First Circuit Court
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 3930 Views :: Judiciary

Judge Ochiai, 57, will fill a vacancy left by Judge Richard Pollack, who became Associate Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Souza Appointed Oahu District Family Court Judge
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 4055 Views :: Judiciary

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald today appointed Kevin A. Souza to the District Family Court of the First Circuit (Oahu). 

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Two Hawaii Supreme Court Cases to Watch
By Robert Thomas @ 3:35 PM :: 5734 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Land Use
  • Blake v. County of Kauai Planning Comm'n,
  • Kanahele v. Maui County Council
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Monday, August 27, 2012
Enviros win 90% in Hawaii Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 5:43 PM :: 15733 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary, Land Use

...the Hawaii Supreme Court "has managed to find in favor of Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Earthjustice ... 90% of the time, 70% of those decisions overturning the [Hawaii] Intermediate Court of Appeals....

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Monday, August 08, 2011
Human Trafficking: Did the US DoJ Purposefully lose the Aloun Farms Case?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:37 AM :: 13913 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Judiciary, Labor, Law Enforcement

How could federal prosecutors “accidentally” debase their entire prosecution of crimes alleged to have occurred in 2004 by telling a Federal Grand Jury that the defendants’ collection of “recruitment fees” was a violation of a law which did not take effect until 2008?

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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wildman withdraws over “unresolved situation”– didn’t pay Payroll Taxes
By News Release @ 11:43 AM :: 4278 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Judiciary

"...because of an unresolved situation with my law firm, I have decided to withdraw my nomination to prevent any distraction for the Abercrombie Administration and disruption for my family.”

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Thursday, September 09, 2010
Highest suicide rate in US: Hawaii DoE highschoolers
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 14044 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Judiciary, Life

According to 2009 YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) data, Hawai‘i high school students had the highest self-reported prevalence of considering suicide (19%), the highest for making a plan (16%), the highest for attempting (13%), and the 4th highest prevalence for being treated for a self-inflicted injury (4.5%) in the country. 

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Monday, February 01, 2010
Kubo nomination: Hanabusa, Souza tied to Pali Golf course shooters’ mob
By Andrew Walden @ 3:31 PM :: 42521 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Judiciary, Politicians

Democrat legislators making up excuses to block Lingle’s judicial nominees are usually just doing the bidding of the criminal defense bar—which seeks to block judicial nominees who are not sufficiently soft on crime.   But it appears that opposition to the nomination of former Federal Prosecutor Ed Kubo to Oahu's First Circuit Court is coming from former State Sherriff John Souza.  Souza, the husband of State Senate President Coleen Hanabusa, was nailed in 2004 for a land sale which involved giving a $25,000 loan to an accused meth dealer who is a cousin to two convicted Pali Golf course shooters.

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