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.