Akaku: Maui Community Television v. Mark Bennett, Attorney General of Hawai'i

Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment


State attorney general issued an opinion to state department head changing long standing agency practice regarding PEG access designation in cable television regulatory scheme. Department head and attorney general refused to disclose opinion claiming attorney client privilege. Court disagreed holding that the opinion fell within 150 year old statute requiring state attorney general to publish opinions rendered to department heads on matters of public importance and more recently adopted Uniform Information Practices Act.

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Reference Info:Decision | State, 9th Circuit, Hawaii | United States