Lā 155: Attorney Jay S. Handlin of Carlsmith Ball (same lawfirm who represented DuPont Pioneer in the Waimea trial) defended UH Hilo. Their defense is basically built on technicalities about how the contested case was filed...

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Attorney Jay S. Handlin of Carlsmith Ball (same lawfirm who represented DuPont Pioneer in the Waimea trial) defended UH Hilo. Their defense is basically built on technicalities about how the contested case was filed, that they didn't start construction until the case was decided. He argued that the process has included years of community input, unprecedented in the history of astronomy on Mauna Kea. He kept trying to say that the permit issued was somehow different than a normal permit. He even said it was a permit in which the applicant could do nothing. Justice Wilson quipped back that there were a number of things they could've been doing like ensuring that the staff attended mandatory cultural education training... They could've done that. Over and over again and from multiple judges the questions came about the absurdity of making the decision and THEN having the hearing. Judge Recktenwald wanted to know if this idea that they would decommission some telescopes to mitigate the damage of building TMT was a binding condition in the permit. It is not. Judge Wilson mentioned the "hundreds of historic properties in the district that apparently weren't deemed to be significant.." ‪#‎BABcourtreport‬ ‪#‎TMTshutdown‬ ‪#‎protectMaunaKea‬

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