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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Victim of bribery scheme testifies in Hawaii prosecutor corruption case
By Court House News @ 5:31 AM :: 412 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... A former Honolulu prosecutor is accused of accepting nearly $50,000 from a local engineering firm to go after a former employee with criminal charges ....

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Saturday, April 6, 2024
Judge Dismisses Claims: State cannot be Sued in Federal Court over Lahaina Fire
By Court House News @ 5:00 AM :: 1198 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

... The state is dismissed from a set of federal cases that aim to hold it liable for the deadly wildfires but may still face claims in state court ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Unanimous Supreme Court: Trump Stays on Ballot
By Court House News @ 3:12 PM :: 1245 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... “Because the Constitution makes Congress, rather than the States, responsible for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates, we reverse,” the court wrote in a per curiam opinion ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
Ninth Circuit to rehear Hawaii butterfly knife ban
By Court House News @ 5:59 PM :: 1258 Views :: Second Amendment

... The Ninth Circuit restored Hawaii's 1993 ban on butterfly knives while agreeing to take on an appeal of the decision that the knife is protected under the Second Amendment ....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
​Cockfighting fans fight Northern Mariana ban at Ninth Circuit
By Court House News @ 2:14 PM :: 1176 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

... cockfighting was banned in the territory in 2018 ....

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Thursday, January 11, 2024
Navy still on the hook for negligence claims by military families injured by jet fuel leak
By Court House News @ 11:59 PM :: 193 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... The government managed to dodge failure to warn claims thanks to the Federal Tort Claims Act ....

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Hawaii demands remediation from Navy following jet fuel leak
By Court House News @ 4:37 PM :: 1593 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Red Hill fuel-polluted soils could cost $750 million to clean up ....

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Thursday, November 23, 2023
Laughed out of Court: Libertarians Asked Federal Judge to ‘Disband Hawaii Republican Party’
By Court House News @ 1:31 PM :: 2024 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... Since 2020, Dicks and a rag-bag of co-plaintiffs have filed 13 ‘pro-se’ state suits and three ‘pro-se’ federal court suits on various complaints.  All have been summarily dismissed ....

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Saturday, November 18, 2023
Monsanto court victory in fight over Roundup cancer warnings
By Court House News @ 2:08 PM :: 1529 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

... the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says glyphosate "is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans" ....

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Monday, November 6, 2023
Guam activists urge Ninth Circuit to revive environmental claims against Air Force
By Court House News @ 1:06 PM :: 1519 Views :: Environment, Military

... Represented by David Henkin of Earthjustice, Prutehi Litekyan argued there had to have been a deliberative process prior to the submission, and that decision-making process was a final agency action ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Senate Judiciary Advances Biden's Hawaii Judicial Nominees
By Court House News @ 2:40 PM :: 1550 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Judiciary

... The committee advanced Shanlyn Park and Micah Smith, both appointed to the District of Hawaii ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
​Judge rules California assault weapons ban unconstitutional
By Court House News @ 10:32 PM :: 1665 Views :: Second Amendment

... under a pair of landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings expanding gun rights, the prohibition on semi-automatic rifles ownership is unconstitutional ....

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Sunday, October 8, 2023
Guam activists urge Ninth Circuit to revive environmental claims against Air Force
By Court House News @ 1:45 PM :: 1617 Views :: Environment, Military

... An anti-military group protested the Air Force's application for a permit to continue detonation of waste munitions ....

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Friday, September 1, 2023
Suit: Hawaii governor overreaches with housing crisis proclamation
By Court House News @ 1:59 PM :: 1974 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use

... Native Hawaiian interest groups and environmental organizations joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii and the Sierra Club on Thursday ....

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Thursday, August 24, 2023
County of Maui files lawsuit against HECO
By Court House News @ 6:03 PM :: 1597 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Maui County and other state officials and entities have also faced their own share of criticism for the response during and after the fires ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Fossil fuel giants fight for dismissal of climate change liability suit
By Court House News @ 9:36 PM :: 1795 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... C&C of Honolulu and energy giants faced off over where the suit should be taken to trial ....

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Saturday, August 12, 2023
Maui wildfire search and rescue continues as community decries government response
By Court House News @ 2:21 PM :: 1691 Views :: Maui County

... Hawaii officials are facing criticism, and a review, of their handling of wildfires on Maui that have become the deadliest natural disaster in the Hawaii history ....

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Thursday, August 10, 2023
Historic Maui town in ruins after wildfires
By Court House News @ 6:00 AM :: 1774 Views :: Maui County

... Officials have confirmed 53 fatalities in the devastating wildfires that destroyed Lahaina and have yet to be fully contained ....

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Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Hawaii cannot prevent gun owners from carrying in many public areas — for now
By Court House News @ 3:06 PM :: 2501 Views :: Second Amendment

... A federal judge has temporarily enjoined Hawaii from enforcing a brand-new law that would block open carrying in public areas, like local beaches ....

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Honolulu sued for plans to demolish iconic ‘Stairway to Heaven’
By Court House News @ 11:59 PM :: 1727 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... The Haʻikū Stairs have been slated for removal due to safety concerns, but activists say that there are alternatives to ripping out the popular steps ....

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Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Ninth Circuit limits remote abortion access on Guam
By Court House News @ 3:08 PM :: 2294 Views :: Life

... The Ninth Circuit ruled that Hawaii doctors may no longer provide the abortion pill to their patients in Guam through telemedicine ....

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Thursday, July 20, 2023
Military operations on Guam spur endangered species challenge
By Court House News @ 2:11 PM :: 1956 Views :: Environment, Military

... Camp Blaz is being outfitted to host thousands of U.S. Marines, a plan said to threaten more than a dozen species with extinction ....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023
American Samoans fear tuna fishing limits in Pacific Ocean sanctuary could threaten their livelihood
By Court House News @ 1:50 PM :: 1936 Views :: Environment, Economy

... The industry supports about 5,000 jobs in American Samoa, chief among those a StarKist Co. tuna cannery ....

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Thursday, July 13, 2023
Hawaii Sues Pay Pal over Scams
By Court House News @ 3:46 PM :: 1365 Views :: Pierre Omidyar

... residents had their accounts locked without warning or were victimized by scams and couldn’t recover their money ....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Trail of Ethical Gaffes Leads from US Supreme Court to UH Law School
By Court House News @ 3:29 PM :: 1831 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... Emails and other records provided by UH Richardson Law School show justices in the program--currently co-sponsored by Case Lombardi--often met with local dignitaries and frequently dined at private clubs or the private residences of prominent UH Law School donors .... 

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Saturday, July 1, 2023
Feds move forward on introducing imperiled species outside historic habitat in Hawaii, Guam
By Court House News @ 4:31 PM :: 1481 Views :: Environment, Land Use, GMOs

... The Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a plan that will give it more flexibility in helping species recover when their historic range is no longer suitable for survival ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Ninth Circuit upholds ban on 'FCKBLM' license plate
By Court House News @ 1:00 AM :: 1578 Views :: First Amendment

... The banning of profanity on license plates is constitutional, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday, following a Honolulu man's challenge to the city's recall of a vanity plate reading "FCKBLM" ....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Maui Antivaxxers Sue to Save Mosquitoes from Eradication
By Court House News @ 1:38 PM :: 1935 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... The Birds, Not Mosquitoes program looks to curb the mosquito populations by implementing the “incompatible insect technique” as a form of birth control ....

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Thursday, May 4, 2023
Another Crackpot Election Lawsuit Thrown out of Court
By Court House News @ 12:00 PM :: 2569 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... Failed plaintiff Karl Dicks is a member of the Hawaii Republican State Committee and District 46 Chair.  Will he be expelled from the Republican Party for seeking its removal from the ballot in a previous lawsuit? ....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Sue and Settle: Feds Agree to Designate Critical Habitat for another 49 Hawaii Species
By Court House News @ 5:37 AM :: 2092 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... the Fish and Wildlife Service has until June 30, 2028 to officially designate habitats for 46 of the 49 species. The ‘Akē‘akē, or band-rumped storm petrel, the anchialine pool shrimp and Baker’s loulu palm tree have a separate deadline of June 30, 2027 ....

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Saturday, April 1, 2023
Judge dismisses parts of lawsuit over arrest of 10-year-old girl
By Court House News @ 2:03 PM :: 4195 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Police

... Trial for the case has been scheduled for February 2024 ....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Sue and Settle: 122,277 acres on Big Island to be 'critical habitat'
By Court House News @ 3:44 PM :: 1829 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

... The perennial’s natural habitat happens to overlap with a military-owned training area ....

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Friday, March 24, 2023
Another Bank of America Lawsuit Crashes and Burns
By Court House News @ 5:39 AM :: 2161 Views :: DHHL, Judiciary

“...egregiously long, unnecessarily complex, and confusing....”

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Green Signs Abortion Bill
By Court House News @ 3:35 AM :: 1746 Views :: Life

... The state bolstered its already robust abortion laws to better shield abortions seekers and providers from being targeting by states with more hostile abortion restrictions ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Honolulu police officers charged over car chase
By Court House News @ 5:50 PM :: 1947 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

" ... officers ran a car off the road and abandoned the driver with brain injuries and a 14-year-old boy that was left partially paralyzed .... "

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Thursday, March 16, 2023
Hawaii Supreme Court Finds Excuse to Reverse Sex-Trafficking Conviction
By Court House News @ 7:07 PM :: 1897 Views :: Judiciary

"CW testified that she gave all of the money that she made from prostitution activities directly to Ferreira"

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Hawaii Supreme Court rejects Big Island bioenergy plant
By Court House News @ 6:08 AM :: 1707 Views :: Environment, Cost of Living

... Rate hikes and massive amounts of greenhouse gases from a proposed biomass burning power plant would outweigh any benefits, the court found ....

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Saturday, March 4, 2023
Foreclosure Suit: 'Way too long, way too confusing'
By Court House News @ 3:42 AM :: 2597 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... plaintiffs' Honolulu-based attorney is Frederick Arensmeyer, formerly of the Dubin Law Office ....

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Lawsuit: Ke'eaumoku Condo Site--15 Burials and Counting
By Court House News @ 2:08 AM :: 3279 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... no archaeological survey or assessments were conducted after demolition and despite the subsequent findings of burials and related sites and features. The state and city have granted several permits ....

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Friday, February 17, 2023
Judge denies Native Hawaiian group’s bid for promised home loans
By Court House News @ 10:50 PM :: 2286 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii History

... Na Po’e Kokua failed to show it represents individuals seeking to recover loan funding meant for Native Hawaiian homelands ....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Hawaii Republicans lose challenge of 2022 election audit process
By Court House News @ 1:30 PM :: 1943 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... The Republicans' attorney William Dean characterized the party’s claims of damages to be "extemporaneous" ....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Tour company sues Hawaii County for removing access to beach road
By Court House News @ 11:57 PM :: 1305 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism

... Waipi'o Valley Road, now partially reopened, has been the subject of controversy since its February 2022 closure ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
30 Years Later: Will Court Toss Out $150M Grift Against Bank of America?
By Court House News @ 10:35 PM :: 1790 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii History

... a Maui-based 'nonprofit' filed a complaint seeking the funds ....

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Saturday, November 19, 2022
Case for reinstating cockfighting on the Northern Mariana Islands dismissed
By Court House News @ 5:12 PM :: 1683 Views :: Gambling, Law Enforcement

... Andrew Salas, a former member of the House of Representatives and former Secretary of Commerce for the NMI, first filed the suit ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
Defamation trial begins in pregnancy porn promotion case
By Court House News @ 5:40 AM :: 1711 Views :: Health Care

... Doula defendants take the stand against a fellow birth worker they accused of enticing women into creating maternity and breastfeeding porn ....

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Monday, October 17, 2022
Fa'a Samoa Survives: Supreme Court Lets Citizenship Decision Stand
By Court House News @ 1:36 PM :: 1646 Views :: National News

... the American Samoan Legislature recently passed a unanimous resolution opposing citizenship without their consent ....

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Friday, October 14, 2022
Hawaii judge halts ban on short-term rentals
By Court House News @ 4:14 PM :: 2791 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

... Airbnbs and similar rentals on Oahu can continue operations as usual for now ....

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Rape in Turkmenistan: How HPD Rejects Female Police Recruit
By Court House News @ 12:48 AM :: 2879 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

... her husband had “sold [her] a few times for [] money in order to buy himself alcohol and pay gambling debts . . . [while] he kept a knife by the throat of [her] 6 month son.” ....

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Friday, September 9, 2022
​Hawaii short-term rental property owners urge judge to stop new ordinance from disrupting business
By Court House News @ 4:04 AM :: 2577 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... the Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance alleges the ordinance will cause irreparable economic damages to owners that have been renting out properties for less than 90 days....

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Friday, September 9, 2022
Judge: Former Residents May not Vote in Hawaii Elections
By Court House News @ 3:56 AM :: 1745 Views :: National News, Office of Elections

... Allowing voters living in U.S. territories to vote absentee in states they used to live in would give them outsized voting rights compared to fellow residents, a federal judge found....

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