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Media outlets support Star-Advertiser's request for transcripts in Deedy case

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:54 a.m. HST, Oct 08, 2013

The online news site Civil Beat and other media organizations filed a legal brief with the Hawaii Supreme Court Monday supporting a request to release the transcripts of closed court sessions in federal agent Christopher Deedy's murder trial.

The request filed by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now also asks the court to prohibit Circuit Judge Karen Ahn from holding private court proceedings without giving the media and the public a chance to object.

The request was filed Sept. 6 after Ahn held a private bench conference without the jury present and then cleared the courtroom before declaring a mistrial in the Deedy case.

Ahn has scheduled jury selection for June for the retrial.

Deedy, a State Department special agent, is charged with murdering Kollin Elderts in the 2011 shooting at a Waikiki McDonald's restaurant.

The brief filed today said Ahn "failed to follow basic procedures that assure continued public confidence in the integrity of the state's administration of justice."

It urges the state high court to recognize that the U. S. Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment has imposed standards on closing the courtroom.

The brief also asks that the high court determine how the public can receive notice and a "meaningful opportunity to object."

The high court ordered the judge, the city prosecutors and Deedy to file a response to the Star-Advertiser's motion within 20 days of it Sept. 20 order.

Other organizations joining in the brief filed today are LIN Television Corp., doing business as KHON; Hearst Television Inc., owner of KITV; Hawaii Public Radio; Stephens Media LLC, doing business as Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today; Maui Time Productions Inc., doing business as Maui Time Weekly; Hawaii Reporter Inc.; Hawaii Professional Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists; Media Council Hawaii, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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control wrote:
Too bad these same media outlets couldn't be bothered to do their jobs. Had the defendent been local we would have known his ancestry for the past 5 generations, what school he went to, who he took to the prom, what jobs he held, and what sports he played. Instead, they sit on the sidelines and wait for information to fall into their laps.
on October 7,2013 | 11:34AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Deedy testified on the stand, and if Prosecutor Futa so wished, she could have asked him those questions. I think it boils down to bad luck that Deedy and Elderts met in McDonald's of all places, and that they would not compromise. Sounds similar to Obama and Boehner? Yes of course, and i hope either Obama or Boehner can cool off and not jeopardize 237 years of The United States of America, just because of a meaningless spat between a credit limit and a healthcare initiative.
on October 7,2013 | 11:49AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Wow. Apparently, someone didn't read the article. The hearing in question was a closed one, so transcripts were withheld. SA and HNN are going after the transcripts. They're waiting on a response from the judge and attorneys in the case, but I would hardly call that waiting for the information to fall into their laps.
on October 7,2013 | 12:22PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Am i number two to comment? omg. Well anyway, I think Keith Kaneshiro is right in holding his ground that Deedy not be allowed the manslaughter option. That way, if Deedy wants a COP (change of plea), the prosecutor then has the option of a plea agreement of manslaughter. Giving the manslaughter option in a trial though, is a great idea, because this case has a lot of gray in it, no not the ones in my hair.
on October 7,2013 | 11:44AM
2NDC wrote:
Bruddah is gonna walk. A second trial will end in the same result if not a "not guilty" verdict.
on October 7,2013 | 02:37PM
Mythman wrote:
Speaking from experience, the circuit courts are a joke when it comes to due process etc - thank goodness for the state supreme court, which we can actually thank Linda Lingle for.
on October 7,2013 | 04:34PM
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