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Medical marijuana: "nothing more than a ruse for drug dealers"

Posted on December 01, 2008
That's the pronouncement from Republican George Fontaine, who lost his race for a seat in the Hawai`i Legislature last month:Yes we cannabis?

Surpeme Court of Hawai`i limits forfeiture power

Posted on November 28, 2008
Here's the Nov. 17 opinion in Carlisle vs. One (1) Boat:http://www.state.hi.us/jud/opinions/sct/2008/26995.pdf(Hat tip to Hawaiioceanlaw.com.)

go! going Aloha

Posted on November 28, 2008
Beat of Hawaii has the story:Stranger things have happened, I guess, but this one is up there. After allegedly stealing their information, and at least in part helping push them out of business, Mesa now plans to be the new Aloha Airlines.

Attorney Robert Harris to lead Sierra Club of Hawai`i

Posted on November 28, 2008
Here's last week's Star-Bulletin article:Sierra Club taps attorney as new Hawaii directorThere's apparently no information about Harris, who has been practicing with a corporate law firm, yet on the Sierra Club website:Sierra Club, Hawaii ChapterHarris replaces Jeff Mikulina, who now runs the Blue Planet Foundation:Blue Planet Foundation

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Posted on November 17, 2008
Planet Kauai reports today:Yesterday's Star-Bulletin featured an informative piece on Hawaii's appellate courts, especially the Intermediate Court of Appeals whose influence has grown, according to the article, after a 2006 change in appellate procedure made the ICA the principal body charged with resolving appeals and made the Supreme Court mainly a court of discretionary review...

Want to serve on the Supreme Court of Hawai`i?

Posted on November 13, 2008
Get your application in to the Judicial Selection Commission by Nov. 17.

In first decision of term, U.S. Supreme Court rules for Navy and against whales in sonar case

Posted on November 13, 2008
Court rules for Navy in sonar use

Bush loyalist wants to stay as U.S. Attorney under Obama

Posted on November 07, 2008
It's not going to happen.But the Star-Bulletin seems to think it might:http://www.starbulletin.com/news/20081107_US_attorney_wants_to_keep_post.htmlThe Star-Bulletin also assumes that the Clinton-endorsing Sen. Dan Inouye will play "a key role" in selecting the new U...

Divided federal appeals court OKs legislative prayer

Posted on October 29, 2008
Crowe v. Cobb County, Ga. (11th Cir., Oct. 28, 2008) (.pdf)The U.S. Supreme Court will probably need to act to ultimately resolve the controversy.The Supreme Court of Hawai`i has not been called upon to address the issue.

Superferry Heads Back to State Supreme Court

Posted on October 15, 2008
State Supreme Court to hear Superferry law challenge

Legendary Levinson Leaves Liberal Legacy

Posted on October 15, 2008
From the Star-Bulletin:High court justice will be stepping downJustice Levinson is a committed civil libertarian who opined that the State's prohibition on same-sex marriage violated the Equal Rights Amendment and that marijuana-possession prosecutions violated the right to privacy.

Navy v. Marine Mammals at U.S. Supreme Court

Posted on October 09, 2008
Insanity at Sea: Navy SonarUS Supreme Court weighs national security, whale welfareSave the Whales, or the U.S. Navy Sonar? - Case Before the Supreme Court Pits Marine Life Against Technology

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Hawai`i v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Posted on October 02, 2008
OHA's statement (10-1-08):http://oha.org/pdf/081001scotus-response.pdfState Attorney General's statement (10-1-08):http://hawaii.gov/ag/main/press_releases/2008/2008-37.pdfState Supreme Court opinion (1-31-08):http://www.state.hi.us/jud/opinions/sct/2008/25570...

Court's view of discipline of children criticized

Posted on September 27, 2008
From The Online Lunchpail ? today:It's been a good year for dominionist wingnuts who think children are their property to batter. In the spring, the Minnesota Supreme Court legalized the merciless beating of children.Now the Hawaii Supreme Court has followed suit...

Water Commission orders East Maui stream restoration

Posted on September 27, 2008
Today's Maui News article:Panel orders water into streamsCommission on Water Resource Management website:http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/cwrm/

Stop Rail Now stopped by Intermediate Court of Appeals

Posted on September 23, 2008
Here's today's ruling:http://www.state.hi.us/jud/opinions/ica/2008/ica29354ord.pdfOn to the Supreme Court?

Slow year for Office of Information Practices advisory opinions

Posted on September 23, 2008
The OIP provides advice on open government to state and county boards. So far, only two advisory opinions have been issued in 2008. Since it first started issuing advisory opinions in 1989, the OIP has always issued at least three per year (usually many more)...

Shawn Ching leaving TV to practice law

Posted on September 16, 2008
That's the story, according to Rich Fewell.

Paper prevails

Posted on September 16, 2008
Ninth Circuit says lower court can't mandate electronic filing.

Kitty goes to court

Posted on September 16, 2008
more animals

Interesting schedule of oral arguments next month

Posted on September 15, 2008
Some cases will be argued at the law school. Eminent domain will be the topic of another case. Here's the October schedule of oral arguments from the Judiciary:http://www.courts.state.hi.us/page_server/Courts/Oral%20Arguments/66C974068067672111C4361B0F...

Handy rundown of cases on parental abuse or non-abuse

Posted on September 15, 2008
From today's Star-Bulletin:http://starbulletin.com/2008/09/14/news/story01.html

Right to dance at issue in Pennslyvania & Hawai`i

Posted on September 05, 2008
The ACS blog has the story from the Keystone State:http://www.acsblog.org/bill-of-rights-pa-town-denies-permit-for-dance-studio-sparking-first-amendment-lawsuit.htmlThe Maui Weekly has the local story:http://www.mauiweekly.com/localnews/story7391.aspx

ConCon costs: who do you trust?

Posted on September 05, 2008
The LG task force - largely comprised of Republican politicians - says a ConCon would be cheap, maybe a couple of million bucks. Some observers say LG Aiona is eager to tout a ConCon because he wants to scale back labor and civil rights in the existing Hawai`i Constitution...

"Lambda Legal Wins in Hawaii"

Posted on September 03, 2008
Ravenhurst reports:Lambda Legal sued the University of Hawaii in the spring of 2008 for denying couples housing to Phi Ngo and Joseph O?Leary. Phi and Joseph had lived in couples before but when they reapplied they were denied. The University said only couples married under Hawaii law of one man and one woman could live in university couple housing...

Plastic bags could be history

Posted on August 26, 2008

"Confederate Flags, Christian Textbooks, and Native Hawaiians"

Posted on August 18, 2008
That's the headline of last Thursday's "roundup" from the School Law Blog.

The Healthy Lawyer is back in Pittsburgh . . .

Posted on August 18, 2008
. . . after eight days in Hawai`i.

Say aloha to Judge Kawano

Posted on August 07, 2008
Senate Approves Kelsey Kawano as Maui District Court Judge

"Hawaiian school?s admission fight back in court"

Posted on August 07, 2008
From the SCOTUS Blog:The six-year running battle over the admissions policy of a highly regarded private school in Hawaii ? the Kamehameha Schools ? is back in the courts, with one side specifically aiming for an ultimate test in the Supreme Court.

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