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Judge to take 3 weeks to decide on Deedy transcripts

By Ken Kobayashi

LAST UPDATED: 01:57 p.m. HST, Feb 10, 2014

Circuit Judge Karen Ahn said Monday morning she will rule in 21 days on whether she will unseal transcripts of closed court proceedings in federal agent Christopher Deedy's murder case.

The Hawaii Supreme Court had directed that Ahn hold a hearing on the request by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now to make public the transcripts.

Ahn told the lawyers she will rule within 21 days, the time specified in the high court's ruling.

Deedy's murder trial ended with Ahn declaring a mistrial Aug. 26 after the jury reported it could not reach a verdict.

Ahn held closed court sessions and cleared the courtroom at one point before the mistrial ruling.

The Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now asked the high court to issue orders unsealing the transcripts and directed Ahn not to close court sessions without first giving the media and public a chance to object.

The high court last month temporarily sent the case back to Ahn to consider unsealing the transcripts.

Jury selection for Deedy's retrial on the murder charge is scheduled for June in Ahn's courtroom.

Deedy is charged with the 2011 fatal shooting of Kollin Elderts at a Waikiki McDonald's restaurant.

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false wrote:
She and some others judges should consider retirement. All appointed are political anyway.
on February 10,2014 | 10:19AM
Bully wrote:
The judge already had a lot of time since the trilal ended and she still needs three more weeks?
on February 10,2014 | 11:29AM
PCWarrior wrote:
Ahn is in over her head. What's the point of the retrial if they aren't going to allow a manslaughter verdict? They don't want to charge manslaughter because they want Deedy to walk. Period.
on February 10,2014 | 12:01PM
Kai37 wrote:
The broad public want manslaughter as an option so that Deedy can spend some time in jail. But all parties (judge, prosecutor and defense) agreed that it does not fit manslaughter so we just need to give that a rest because it won't be brought up.
on February 10,2014 | 01:42PM
goinglobal wrote:
The real shame is that we will spend another million dollars on a retrial...
on February 10,2014 | 12:02PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Ahn used to be a reporter, seeking open access to info. Now as a judge, she finds herself denying access. Poetic justice or irony?
on February 10,2014 | 12:11PM
bullturd wrote:
How cool is this. A former TV News Anchor, now a Judge with writing skills (former a news anchor) must be the envy of most of the other judges. Her "Hoku" is really getting brighter with the controversy surrounding her decisions. Three weeks is stalling tactics because I believe she has already made her decision. I believe when the trial convenes it will, again, end up in the hands in our State Supreme Court. Expensive trial for the defense and the state.
on February 10,2014 | 12:15PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Well it took Noah 120 years to build his ark so I guess 21 days is not so long.
on February 10,2014 | 12:19PM
bullturd wrote:
@ loquaciousone; Wow" what an out of sight comparison. LOL
on February 10,2014 | 02:40PM
CriticalReader wrote:
She's just going to fully consider things and decide the same thing.
on February 10,2014 | 12:59PM
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