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Judge Seals Transcripts of Conference in Deedy Trial

Judge Seals Transcripts of Conference in Deedy Trial
Posted August 29th, 2013 @ 2:01pm

Circuit Judge Karen Ahn sealed transcripts of a bench conference and a closed court session held Monday before she declared a mistrial in Christopher Deedy’s murder case. On Tuesday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser sought a transcript of the bench conference and the closed session, and discovered the transcripts were sealed.  Jeffrey Portnoy, the Star-Advertiser attorney looking into the matter, said sealing the transcripts violates the First Amendment right of the press and the public to view matters that occur in the courtroom. Meanwhile, a hearing was set for tomorrow to set the retrial date. But, that has been postponed until September 13.

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