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Star-Advertiser attorneys ask court to expedite governor's appeal on fees

By Star-Advertiser staff


Attorneys for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this afternoon filed a motion with the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals asking for an expedited ruling on Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s appeal of attorney fees awarded to the newspaper in the judicial nominees case.

Attorney Robert Thomas is asking the court to assign a hearing and trial at the earliest possible date.

Abercrombie has asserted that “the circuit court abused its discretion” when it awarded $70,000 attorney’s fees and costs to the Star-Advertiser.

Circuit Judge Karl Saka­moto granted a request by the newspaper in November for a judgment under the state open-rec­ords law ordering Abercrombie to make public the names of finalists submitted to him by the Judicial Selection Commission.

Star-Advertiser motion to expedite

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justin_thyme wrote:
This is not a newsworthy story; it's gloating self-promotion. This story wouldn't have been published if one of the parties wasn't the Star-Advertiser. What a shame that Honolulu became a one-newspaper city!
on July 24,2012 | 09:52AM
busterb wrote:
Even if it were a two paper city, one of them would have still reported it...
on July 24,2012 | 10:31AM
AhiPoke wrote:
You clearly have missed the point. The issue is not that the SA won this judgment but that the governor took a clearly wrong position of keeping government activities open to the public. Self-promotion or not it's news that the public needs to know for when the next election comes around.
on July 24,2012 | 12:51PM
kauai wrote:
If the state had initially adhered to the open-records law and released the information as requested, there would have been no need for a court case and corresponding expense. The state essentially screwed up in this case and attempted to keep the information secret. No reason to do that and the court agreed. Yes, litigation/lawyer expenses should be awarded to the SA as an example that no one should have to have deep financial pockets to get public information from a too-secretive government. Unfortunately, the politicians and bureaucrats just didn't seem to get it in this case, resulting in more tax/public money wasted in a fruitless effort to conceal information.
on July 24,2012 | 11:27AM
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