Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Civil Beat live blogging Honolulu rail case

by Larry Geller

I just came back from federal court – I was attending a hearing before Judge Mollway on DOE payments to the school a special ed student has been attending. More on that later. It was at the same time as the rail trial, and I figured I could read about that one later.  I know, I know. I’ve missed all the excitement.

So when I got home I checked the Star-Advertiser web page for breaking news. Nothing—it’s still breaking. We’ll have to wait for them to catch up.

Civil Beat is on top of it. They are live blogging the trial here.

I don’t understand why they’ve chosen to post only individual updates. Blogging should be a continuous process, and this isn’t. They did it right for the Aloun Farms trial, for example. When I click the link from their front page, I expect to be able to catch up with all the prior posts, but all you get is one, then you need to go to the archives. Bother.

Still, they’re on the job. Follow the trial either from the link above (archives) or from their front page.

From the latest installment, it looks like anyone interested could still go over there and be your own witness to history. The security station was mobbed this morning but should be ok except when everyone comes back from lunch. It’s at 300 Ala Moana Blvd. The entrance is on Halekauwila St. near Punchbowl. Security is easy, not like the TSA. They ask everyone to put their electronics into a file cabinet since cellphones etc. are not allowed in the court room. Old-fashioned pencil-and-paper is the only way to take notes, unless you’re Civil Beat.


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