First Amendment Victory in Kona “Panhandling” Case

Judge grants temporary restraining order against Hawaii County HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – Advocates declare a victory for freedom of speech as United States District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway entered a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) against Hawai‘i County. The TRO prohibits Hawai‘i County from interfering with Plaintiff Justin Guy’s right to hold a sign (saying “Homeless […]

County of Hawai‘i Faces First Amendment Lawsuit Challenging Panhandling Laws

Case to be heard by Judge Mollway on Friday, 9/19/14, 9:30 a.m. Complaint: 1-0 Complaint Motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO):2-0 Motion for TRO Motion in support of the TRO: 2-1 Memo ISO TRO County’s memo in opposition to Motion for a TRO: 10-0 Memo in Opposition to TRO Reply to County’s memo in […]

Medical Marijuana Policy Advocates Announce Series of August Events on Oahu, Hawai‘i Island

The Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (co-founders of the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii) have announced three free, public events on medical marijuana policy in August. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs are requested by 8/20, walk ins welcome, space permitting. RSVP for any event to: office@acluhawaii.org or […]

Hawai‘i Supreme Court: indigent parents have the right to court-appointed counsel during child welfare proceedings

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Local civil rights advocates praise decision as necessary safeguard for fair court procedure January 7, 2014 HONOLULU – In a unanimous opinion, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruled on 1/6/14 that indigent parents have a constitutional right to legal counsel in cases where the State seeks to place their children into the foster care system. Prior […]

Hawaii Supreme Court to hear oral arguments 12/5/13 on case involving the due process rights of indigent parents in child welfare proceedings

Extensive “friend of the court” brief in support of the right to court-appointed counsel was filed by Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, and American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation. In the Interest of TM to be heard Thursday, 12/5/13 at 8:45 a.m. at Ali‘iolani Hale Honolulu […]