Judge to issue order on sealed Deedy transcripts


HONOLULU (AP) — A state judge said she’ll rule within three weeks on a request by a Honolulu newspaper and a television station to unseal transcripts of closed proceedings when she declared a mistrial for a federal agent charged with murder.

Circuit Judge Karen Ahn said Monday she’ll rule within a 21-day deadline imposed by the state Supreme Court. But she won’t provide reasons for why she sealed them.

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy is facing a retrial for the November 2011 shooting death of a man inside a Waikiki McDonald’s. Jurors weren’t able to reach a verdict last year.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now want the transcripts unsealed, and they want Ahn to be prohibited from closing court sessions without giving the public a chance to object. Other media organizations support the request.

The state Supreme Court sent the case back to Ahn last month for Monday’s hearing. The court ordered Ahn to issue a written ruling within 21 days of the hearing.

 

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