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Michael C. Tierney v. Bert Y. Matsuoka; Michael A. Town

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF HAWAII


March 15, 2013

MICHAEL C. TIERNEY,
PETITIONER,
v.
BERT Y. MATSUOKA; MICHAEL A. TOWN, JOYCE MATSUMORI-HOSHIJO, OF THE HAWAII PAROLING AUTHORITY,
RESPONDENTS.

Electronically Filed Supreme Court SCPW-13-0000079 15-MAR-2013 08:39 AM

ORIGINAL PROCEEDING ORDER DENYING PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS (By: Recktenwald, C.J., Nakayama, Acoba, McKenna, and Pollack, JJ.)

Upon consideration of petitioner Michael C. Tierney's petition for a writ of mandamus, which was filed on February 7, 2013, and the motion to amend the petition for a writ of mandamus, which was filed on February 25, 2013 and granted on February 28, 2013, it appears that petitioner fails to demonstrate that the Hawaii Paroling Authority owes him a duty to discharge him from his sentence and provide him gate money and clothes. See HRS § 706-670(4) (1993) (the granting of parole is within the discretion of the HPA and is not a ministerial duty subject to mandamus relief). 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); In re Disciplinary Bd. of Hawaii Supreme Court, 91 Hawaii 363, 368, 984 P.2d 688, 693 (1999) (mandamus relief is available to compel an official to perform a duty allegedly owed to an individual only if the individual's claim is clear and certain, the official's duty is ministerial and so plainly prescribed as to be free from doubt, and no other remedy is available); Salling v. Moon, 76 Hawaii 273, 274 n.3, 874 P.2d 1098, 1099 n.3 (1994) ("A duty is ministerial where the law prescribes and defines the duty to be performed with such precision and certainty as to leave nothing to the exercise of discretion and judgment."). Accordingly,

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

/s/ Mark E. Recktenwald /s/ Paula A. Nakayama /s/ Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. /s/ Sabrina S. McKenna /s/ Richard W. Pollack

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