Hawaii Supreme Court Sides With Media Over Trial Access

(Honolulu, HI) -- Hawaii's top court says the media has a right to monitor proceedings during criminal trials in the state. The ruling Wednesday from the Hawaii Supreme Court is seen as a rebuke of Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn, who conducted numerous court proceedings in the Christopher Deedy trial that were closed to the public. Several media outlets, including the "Star Advertiser" and "Hawaii News Now" had sued after they were kept out of the proceedings during Deedy's first trial. The court's ruling Wednesday even suggested that media and public interest in court proceedings is more compelling in the Aloha State than in other states. Deedy is now in his second trial of the 2011 shooting death of a man outside a Waikiki restaurant. The court's ruling will affect the federal agent's current trial and all trials going forward.