Judge refuses to hear argument to unseal Deedy documents

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Circuit Judge Karen Ahn said she hasn't decided whether to release transcripts from U.S. Special Agent Christopher Deedy's 2013 murder trial.

"I'm going to take this under advisement," Ahn said.

Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser filed suit to unseal the court reporter's transcripts of five separate proceedings that were closed to the media.

Media attorney Jeff Portnoy said that violated First Amendment rights.

"There is no legitimate reason to seal any of these transcripts," he said.

Deedy's defense attorney Thomas Otake said his client doesn't object to the release of the transcripts.

Deedy's  case ended in a mistrial when the jury said it was deadlocked. He is accused of murder in the 2011 shooting death of Kollin Elderts during a scuffle in a Waikiki McDonalds.

A new trial is slated for this summer.

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