Hawaii County Council considers free legal help offer

Hawaii County Council considers free legal help offer

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii County Council is considering an attorney's offer for free legal representation to defend its new law restricting genetically modified crops.

West Hawaii Today reports Earthjustice mid-Pacific regional office managing attorney Paul Achitoff has offered to represent the county for free. Taxpayers would only have to cover court costs.

The county council is scheduled to hold an executive session at its Wednesday meeting in Hilo to consider Achitoff's offer. It will also consider budgeting up to $10,000 for court costs.

Attorneys representing groups challenging Hawaii County's new law have sent the county council a letter urging council members not to allow Achitoff to represent the county.

Margery Bronster and Rex Fujichaku represent the Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association and other groups suing to block the law.

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