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Maryland appeal court blocks public disclosure of police misconduct records

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments

An unfortunate decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals on Friday concluded “that “an officer’s right to privacy outweighs the public interest in police transparency.” The case is of immediate interest here because a similar case involving disciplinary records of the Honolulu Police Department is now awaiting a decision by the Hawaii Supreme Court. According […]

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Tags: Court · Politics · Sunshine

City Ethics Commission rejected staff concerns about restrictive media policy

June 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Honolulu Ethics Commission this week adopted a new policy for responding to the news media despite staff concerns that it is turns away from transparency, and will restrict their ability “to efficiently, promptly and accurately respond to media inquiries.” The staff concerns were spelled out in a supporting memo accompanying an amended draft policy […]

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Tags: Ethics · Media · Politics · Sunshine

Souki’s reported investment in Hawaiian Electric a “mental error”

June 17th, 2015 · 10 Comments

My column over at Civil Beat today describes House Speaker Joe Souki’s reaction to my earlier report, based on his official financial disclosures filed with the State Ethics Commission (“Ian Lind: House Speaker Joe Souki’s Financial Reports Are Full of Errors“). Here’s an excerpt from the CB column: But when asked this week about the […]

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Tags: Ethics · Legislature · Sunshine

Did the ethics commission violate the sunshine law?

June 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Did the State Ethics Commission violate the state sunshine law when it set its evaluation process and evaluation criteria behind closed doors in executive session? The question is prompted by the commission’s handling of its recently completed evaluation of executive director Les Kondo. It isn’t just that the content of the evaluation has remained confidential. […]

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Tags: Ethics · Politics · Sunshine

A legislator’s failure to disclose doesn’t appear to violate ethics law

June 14th, 2015 · 5 Comments

As reported here yesterday, House Speak Joe Souki filed an annual financial disclosure statement in late January 2014, days before the filing deadline. However, this disclosure appears to have been simply a place holder, since it failed to disclose Souki’s actual interests and instead check off “None” for each required category. It allowed the Speaker […]

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Tags: Ethics · Politics · Sunshine