So yesterday, Honolulu Judge Karen Anh finally gave in and released 64 pages of previously sealed transcripts of a closed hearing during the 2013 trial of Christopher Deedy, the federal agent accused of murdering Oahu resident Kollin Elderts at a Waikiki McDonald's (the trial ended in a hung jury). This particular hearing, in August 2013, had been closed to the media, but a … [Read more...] about Secret Christopher Deedy Trial Transcripts Finally Revealed!
Even though the infamous Christopher Deedy trial occurred on Oahu, MauiTime has joined seven other Hawaii news organizations and three media associations in calling for the opening of closed session transcripts in that case. The original trial, in which Deedy–a federal agent–was charged with allegedly murdering Kollin Elderts at a Waikiki McDonald’s after an argument ensued … [Read more...] about MauiTime Joins Other Hawaii News Organizations In Calling For Open Court Protections
By Jacob Shafer Kill or be killed. In the jungle it’s ironclad law; in human society it’s anything but. Yes, we condone killing in certain extreme cases—during war, as punishment for the most heinous crimes and, sometimes, in self defense. Even then, however, it comes wrapped in layers of practical and moral ambiguity. It’s no surprise, then, that the Trayvon Martin case … [Read more...] about Deadly Force: Where does Hawaii draw the line between homicide and self-defense?