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Michael C. Tierney v. Ted Sakai

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF HAWAII


October 9, 2012

MICHAEL C. TIERNEY,
PETITIONER,
v.
TED SAKAI, INTERIM DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, STATE OF HAWAII; SHARI KIMOTO; AND JEANETTE BALTERO,
RESPONDENTS.

Electronically Filed Supreme Court SCPW-12-0000799 09-OCT-2012 01:37 PM

ORIGINAL PROCEEDING ORDER DENYING PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS

(By: Recktenwald, C.J., Nakayama, McKenna, and Pollack, JJ., with Acoba, J. dissenting)

Upon consideration of Michael C. Tierney's September 19, 2012 petition for a writ of mandamus and the document submitted in support thereof and attached thereto, it appears that petitioner fails to demonstrate a clear and indisputable right to return to Hawaii to serve the remainder of his sentence. See Malahoff v. Saito, 111 Hawaii 168, 191, 140 P.3d 401, 424 (2006) (the term "shall" in a statute may be construed as directory rather than mandatory); Jack Endo Elec., Inc. v. Lear Siegler, Inc., 59 Haw. 612, 617, 585 P.2d 1265, 1269 (1978) (same). Petitioner, therefore, is not entitled to mandamus relief. See Kema v. Gaddis, 91 Hawaii 200, 204, 982 P.2d 334, 338 (1999) (A writ of mandamus is an extraordinary remedy that will not issue unless the petitioner demonstrates a clear and

indisputable right to relief and a lack of alternative means to redress adequately the alleged wrong or obtain the requested action). Accordingly,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the petition for a writ of mandamus is denied.

/s/ Mark E. Recktenwald /s/ Paula A. Nakayama /s/ Sabrina S. McKenna /s/ Richard W. Pollack

DISSENT BY ACOBA, J.

I dissent to the denial of Petitioner Michael C.

Tierney's petition for a writ of mandamus (Petition). I would require Respondents Ted Sakai, Director of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Shari Kimoto, the mainland branch manager for DPS, and Jeanette Baltero, the contract monitor for DPS to file an answer to the Petition.

/s/ Simeon R. Acoba, Jr.

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