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Appeals court upholds authority of State Ethics Commission to enforce ethics laws

August 23rd, 2015 · 1 Comment

Hawaii doesn’t have a lot of court cases involving issues of ethics, so last week’s decision by the Intermediate Court of Appeals upholding the State Ethics Commission’s ruling and fine against a Charter School employee is worth a closer look. The case dates back several years. In 2013, the commission ruled that William Eric Boyd, […]

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Ethics Commission snared in city efforts to cut rolls of contract employees

July 22nd, 2015 · 7 Comments

The Honolulu Ethics Commission has gotten itself into a bind after the Caldwell administration refused to renew a temporary personal services contract for its investigator, leaving the commission without investigative resources. As Hawaii News Now reported this week: The administration of Mayor Kirk Caldwell has refused to renew the contract of the city Ethics Commission’s […]

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HPD wrong on mandatory retirement for police officers

July 6th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Like many others, I was surprised by last week’s news that one of the police officers indicted on federal charges stemming from a violent incident at a local game room last September was a 77-year old reserve police officer. Senator Will Espero reacted to the officer’s age, as Civil Beat reported (“How Old Is Too […]

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Tags: Aging & dementia · Crime · Ethics · Politics

Honolulu Ethics Commission’s media policy gets no support

July 5th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Since the Honolulu Ethics Commission voted to ignore concerns raised by its staff and instead adopt a new and restrictive policy for communicating with the public and the news media, the reactions have been uniformly negative. Here’s a brief recap. There have been two posts here concerning the new policy (June 25: “A two-prong attack […]

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Major ethics investigations underway at the city

June 27th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Here’s a tasty little morsel buried in the background paperwork prepared for the Honolulu Ethics Commission’s meeting this past week. …the Commission has 17 open and interrelated investigations involving 2 departments, 7 subjects and 45 – 50 witnesses. The investigations have absorbed hundreds of hours of investigative work over the last 10 months. However, it […]

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