Friday, August 28, 2015


Listen to oral arguments on the Mauna Kea TMT before the Hawaii Supreme Court

“I was a trial judge for a long time, I don’t recall ever making a decision where I decided the case before the trial,” Justice Richard Pollack told a University of Hawaii attorney at one point.—quoted in Civil Beat article

by Larry Geller

Oral arguments are available for listening on line at the Judiciary website. The page for yesterday’s oral arguments on the Thirty Meter Telescope challenge can be found here.

Unfortunately, the audio quality is often poor when someone is speaking off-mike. I have improved it considerably—listen using the audio player below or (if it does not work), download the audio file. Remember, this is an unofficial copy, do not rely on it.

Alternatively, read Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider’s comprehensive article, Hawaii Supreme Court Grills State on Approval of Thirty Meter Telescope: The justices questioned whether the Board of Land and Natural Resources violated due process by approving a permit for the $1.4 billion observatory before conducting a contested case hearing (Civil Beat, 8/27/2015).

The story is very well crafted and appears to be complete; I’ll admit to not having listened to the complete audio transcript: given the article, why bother, I guess.

Hear ye! Hear ye!

The total length of the oral argument recording is 2 hrs. 8 minutes. Click to play or download by right-clicking here, or try the audio player if it appears below.


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