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De-Occupy members challenge law in suit

By Star-Advertiser staff


A federal judge has scheduled a hearing in March on the request by members of De-Occupy Honolulu for an injunction to block the city from seizing their property from city sidewalks.

Madori Rumpungworn, Catherine Russell and brothers Christopher and Andrew Smith filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court last week, claiming that city officials damaged, disposed of and seized their belongings without proper notice in raids at Thomas Square.

They also claim that the city law that prohibits people from storing belongings on public property is unconstitutional.

The plaintiffs had asked the court for a temporary restraining order pending the hearing for an injunction.

U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright canceled the TRO hearing after the city said it will abide by the ordinance with proper notice.

Since Mayor Peter Carlisle signed the ordinance into law a year ago, the city has used it to clear homeless encampments from sidewalks in Iwilei, McCully and Pawaa.

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bender wrote:
"U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright canceled the TRO hearing after the city said it will abide by the ordinance with proper notice.". So does that mean the city was not following the ordinance? It seems so.
on December 20,2012 | 05:02AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Well the City was out at Thomas Square again yesterda so they are still enforcing the ordinance.
on December 20,2012 | 08:46AM
McCully wrote:
You mean these bums are still around?
on December 20,2012 | 06:07AM
Imagen wrote:
Actually McCully, they never left!
on December 20,2012 | 09:36AM
loquaciousone wrote:
With a name like Madori Rumpungworn she would never get a job at McDonalds because her name wouldn't fit on the name tag.
on December 20,2012 | 06:16AM
brian606 wrote:
she would never get a job at McDonalds because she would rather sit around in a tent on the sidewalk
on December 20,2012 | 07:43AM
serious wrote:
Exactly, work is a four letter word!!!
on December 20,2012 | 09:00AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Not really... t r a b a j o has six letters and count has five.
on December 20,2012 | 02:18PM
hilopango wrote:
Where in the Constitution does it say that people are allowed by right to store their junk on public property? You guys must be reading a different Constitution.
on December 20,2012 | 09:51AM
Bdpapa wrote:
These people are sucking us dry. They think this is funny fooling with the system. The majority of the population has had enough of their childish behavior.
on December 20,2012 | 10:43AM
ichiban wrote:
What I want to know is who paid them to come to Hawaii ? And are they on the state welfare program? I read the names of these individuals and none of them remotely sounds local. Maybe I'm prejudice but remember several years ago some a northeastern state gave their homeless a one-way ticket to Hawaii as an incentive and saying the climate is warm and the welfare benefits are better. Is this a similar situation? I remember when they first showed up their focus was on the greed in Wall Street. Now they're going in ten different direction with no purpose and is a blight to our community. Ship them back.
on December 20,2012 | 03:22PM
twon wrote:
They should routinely roust them at 3 am, just to shake them up a bit more.
on December 20,2012 | 10:03PM
HDougMatsuoka wrote:
Many of the comments here reveal opinion based on fantasy rather than reality. This is a group with enough conviction to stick it through more than one year and 55 raids. Their dedication is the envy of many politicians. At least check out their website: http://www.deoccupyhonolulu.org
on December 21,2012 | 01:00PM
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