Law enforcement agencies’ responsibilities during mass demonstrations

With the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on top of Mauna Kea restarting the week of 7/15/19, and the likely protests and acts of civil disobedience that will likely take place in response, the ACLU of Hawaiʻi reached out to local law enforcement with recommendations on how to fulfill their dual responsibilities to both […]

ATTEMPT TO SILENCE OR FIRE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I FACULTY MEMBER A THREAT TO FREE SPEECH RIGHTS

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Honolulu, Hawai‘i: Multiple local news outlets have recently reported that an attorney for former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha has demanded that Kenneth Lawson, an associate faculty specialist at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i (UH Law) and co-director of the Hawai‘i Innocence Project,  stop commenting about the Kealoha case or be fired. […]

Pastor and Maui County Settle 1st Amendment Lawsuit

County Drops Appeal, Maui Police to Receive Additional Training on Free Speech in Public Spaces Read the settlement agreement: Goodhue_106StipulationforDismissalwithPrejudiceandOrder Read the Special Order on First Amendment Rights issued by the Maui Police Department: SO 15-08 HONOLULU – In a victory for free speech, a federal 1st Amendment lawsuit brought by a Maui pastor and […]

Settlement in Hawai‘i County Free Speech Case

Unconstitutional ordinances revised as a result of First Amendment lawsuit December 2015/Revised County of Hawai‘i Administrative Rule resulting from this case:  Rule 8 Effective Date 12 3 15 Read the settlement: 72 Stipulation and Order Dismissing Case HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation and the law firm of Davis Levin […]

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 […]