Friday, July 18, 2014

Hawaii: Update--Supreme Court Reverses Judge Karen Ahn in Denying Public, Media Access

According to The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the Hawaii Supreme Court overwhelmingly ruled on Wednesday (July 16) that Judge Karen Ahn improperly denied the public and the media access in the first Christopher Deedy 2nd degree murder trial in a decision that plaintiff's attorney says has wide repercussions for criminal proceedings statewide.

Judge Karen Ahn should not have held closed proceedings while the murder trial was heard, the justices of the High Court ruled.

COMMENT: The ruling in the case filed by THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER and HAWAII NEWS NOW, also is a rebuke of Circuit Judge Ahn, who conducted five separate closed proceedings on August 26, 2013, at the conclusion of Deedy's first trial, which ended in a "hung" jury.

The Supreme Court said Judge Ahn both improperly closed her court and sealed transscripts of the courtroom discussions on the sixth and final day of jury deliberations.