Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Honolulu is prosecuting the US Surgeon General

Civil Beat:

[He and his aide] had been cited for entering Kualoa Regional Park in alleged violation of Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Aug. 18 emergency proclamation, “Act Now Honolulu – No Social Gatherings.”

After an initial court hearing, prosecutors filed criminal misdemeanor charges against the pair. Misdemeanor convictions are punishable by up to a $5,000 fine or up to a year in jail, or both.

There was a third man, the local guide they had hired that led them across the park:

[The guide], 57, is a former competitive triathlete and bicycle racer. He holds a real estate sales license, currently inactive, works as a tour guide, and aspires to become a social media influencer.

Although all three men entered and left the park together and were cited at the same time for similar alleged offenses, court records show their cases have taken very different trajectories.

Prosecutors lodged criminal misdemeanor charges against all three men. The original criminal charge against [the guide] was reduced to a non-criminal violation, akin to a parking ticket, court records show.