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Newspaper allowed to argue against sealing records in shooting spree

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:43 p.m. HST, Sep 28, 2011


Circuit Judge Glenn Kim granted a request by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Wednesday allowing the newspaper to argue against a defense motion to seal records in the Toby Stangel murder and attempted murder case.

But the judge postponed the hearing on the motion until next Wednesday after the defense lawyer representing Stangel was not present at the proceedings because he was involved in a murder trial.

The newspaper is seeking the release of 911 calls in connection with the highway shooting spree June 3 that left one dead and two wounded.

The city has agreed to release five of nine 911 tapes, but is awaiting Kim's ruling on the sealing of records.

Meanwhile, Circuit Judge Edwin Nacino is considering the newspaper's request for release the other four tapes.

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