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Hawaii Supreme Court hears TMT arguments

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It was round two at the state Supreme Court today for the Thirty Meter Telescope as justices heard arguments from both sides of the case.
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Spectators listen at the state Supreme Court today in Honolulu.
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Clyde Wadsworth, left, attorney for the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and John Manaut, attorney for the University of Hawaii at Hilo, argue before the state Supreme Court today in Honolulu.
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Richard Wurdeman argues before the state Supreme Court today in Honolulu. He's a lawyer representing opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
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During today’s oral arguments, the justices asked pointed questions on both sides of the issue and didn’t seem to signal which way they are leaning — although due process issues once again seemed to dominate the hearing. From left to right: Associate Judge Sabrina McKenna, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and Associate Judge Richard Pollack.
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It’s unknown when the state Supreme Court will issue a ruling. The court is also considering a separate appeal to the project’s sublease with the University of Hawaii. Oral arguments for that case were heard in March.
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Opponents of a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's Mauna Kea pray in front of a statue of King Kamehameha outside the Hawaii Supreme Court building today in Honolulu.
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Joanna Pokipala, left, her son Kala Pokipala, center, and Vivian Wong, right, gather with telescope protesters outside the Hawaii Supreme Court building today in Honolulu.
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Kealoha Pisciotta, second from left, a lead opponent of a giant telescope construction project on Hawaii's Mauna Kea, talks to protesters outside the Hawaii Supreme Court building today in Honolulu.
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In this June 24, 2015, file photo, Thirty Meter Telescope protesters walk on a road during the first of many blockades that started at the Mauna Kea visitors center, stopping TMT construction vehicles from driving up to the summit of the mountain, about 40 miles west of Hilo, Hawaii.