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Supreme Court ruling Oahu Publications v. the Honorable Karen Anh

Supreme Court ruling Oahu Publications v. the Honorable Karen Anh

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The Hawaii Supreme Court overwhelmingly reaffirmed the media’s and public’s right to monitor criminal court proceedings.
The ruling also represented a rebuke of Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn, who conducted five separate proceedings on Aug. 26 2013 that were closed to the public during the first trial of federal agent Christopher Deedy.
The Hawaii Supreme Court overwhelmingly reaffirmed the media’s and public’s right to monitor criminal court proceedings.
The ruling also represented a rebuke of Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn, who conducted five separate proceedings on Aug. 26 2013 that were closed to the public during the first trial of federal agent Christopher Deedy.

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Published by: Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Jul 16, 2014
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Hashimoto, 47 Haw. at 200, 389 P.2d at 155. “[A] public trial

is a trial at which the public is free to attend.” Scharsch, 25

Haw. at 436.

In Gannett Pac. Corp., we addressed a petition by a

local newspaper to prevent the closure of a preliminary hearing

in a criminal trial upon a motion by the defendant. The trial

court had granted the defendant’s motion to close the

preliminary hearing due to concerns regarding the defendant’s

Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial. Id. at 236, 580 P.2d at

***FOR PUBLICATION IN WEST’S HAWAIʻI REPORTS AND PACIFIC REPORTER***

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