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Ruggles v. Yagong

Intermediate Court of Appeals of Hawai'i

February 7, 2014

MICHAEL DOYLE RUGGLES, REV. NANCY WAITE HARRIS, KENNETH V. MIYAMOTO-SLAUGHTER, WENDY TATUM, DAVID TATUM, and ROBERT S. MURRAY, Plaintiffs-Appellants,
v.
DOMINIC YAGONG, DONALD IKEDA, J. YOSHIMOTO, DENNIS ONISHI, FRED BLAS, BRITTANY SMART, BRENDA FORD, ANGEL PILAGO, and PETE HOFFMAN, current Hawai'i County Council members; JAY KIMURA, Hawai'i County Prosecutor; MITCHELL ROTH and CHARLENE IBOSHI, Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys; BILLY KENOI, Hawai'i County Mayor, respondeat superior, HARRY KUBOJIRI, Hawai'i County Chief of Police, KELLY GREENWELL, GUY ENRIQUES, and EMILY NA'OLE, previous Hawai'i County Council members, Defendants-Appellees, and JOHN DOES 1-10, Defendants and GEORGE HERMAN KLARE, BARBARA JEAN LANG, Plaintiffs-Appellees,

APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRD CIRCUIT. CIVIL NO. 11-1-117.

On the briefs: Michael Doyle Ruggles, Plaintiff-Appellant, Pro se.

Rev. Nancy Waite Harris, Plaintiff-Appellant, Pro se.

Kenneth V. Miyamoto-Slaughter, Plaintiff-Appellant, Pro se.

Wendy Tatum, Plaintiff-Appellant, Pro se.

David Tatum, Plaintiff-Appellant, Pro se.

Robert S. Murray, Plaintiff-Appellant, Pro se.

Michael J. Udovic, Deputy Corporation Counsel, County of Hawai'i, for Defendants-Appellees.

FOLEY, PRESIDING JUDGE, LEONARD AND REIFURTH, JJ.

OPINION

Page 156

[132 Hawai'i 512] FOLEY, J.

Pro se Plaintiffs-Appellants Michael Doyle Ruggles, Rev. Nancy Waite Harris, Kenneth V. Miyamoto-Slaughter, Wendy Tatum, David Tatum, and Robert S. Murray (collectively, Plaintiffs) appeal from the January 28, 2013 Final Judgment entered in the Circuit Court of the Third Circuit [1] (circuit court), in favor of the following County of Hawai'i public officials, Defendants-Appellees Dominic Yagong, Donald Ikeda, J. Yoshimoto, Dennis Onishi, Fred Blas, Brittany Smart, Brenda Ford, Angel Pilago, Pete Hoffman, Jay Kimura, Mitchell Roth, Charlene Iboshi, Billy Kenoi, Harry Kubojiri, Kelly Greenwell, and Emily Na'ole (collectively, Defendants). Plaintiffs' complaint, filed March 24, 2011, alleged that Defendants failed to implement and enforce a citizen-sponsored initiative, the Lowest Law Enforcement Priority of Cannabis Ordinance (LLEP), Hawai'i County Ordinance No. 08-181, which the County of Hawai'i (County) voters supported by ballot in November 2008.

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[132 Hawai'i 513] I. BACKGROUND

In 2008, the County voters approved a citizen-sponsored initiative that made the enforcement of marijuana laws the lowest enforcement priority in the county. The Certificate of Results reported 35,689 votes for the LLEP proposal and 25,940 votes against it. The County Clerk certified the measure, the " Lowest Law Enforcement Priority of Cannabis Ordinance," Bill No. 335, Ordinance No. 08-181, codified as Article 16, Hawai'i County Code (HCC) § 14-96 et seq. (2008).

Section 14-96. Purpose.

The purpose of this article is to:
(1) Provide law enforcement more time and resources to focus on serious crimes;
(2) Allow our court systems to run more efficiently;
(3) Create space in our prisons to hold serious criminals;
(4) Save taxpayers money and provide more funding for necessities such as ...

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