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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Slater: Pro Rail Attorneys All Over the Place With Irrelevancies
By Honolulu Traffic @ 11:06 PM :: 6401 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Yesterday was our day in court:

From HonoluluTraffic.com August 22, 2012

Unfortunately, Nicholas Yost, our lead attorney, was still in hospital recovering from emergency surgery and unable to make yesterday's hearing. Nevertheless, Matt Adams, his assistant, stood in for him and performed incredibly well. It was a distinct pleasure to see him up against a solid phalanx of government-funded attorneys and outperform them. Matt stuck to the law while his opposition was all over the place with irrelevancies. At one point I was expecting them to bring up Hirono's Mother.

The Star Advertiser's Kevin Dayton wrote:

"The city later dropped the BRT project and pursued rail instead, but the BRT option ‘was certainly reasonable enough to consider’ in the 2010 EIS, Adams said. Instead, the lawsuit alleges the EIS considered just three similar rail lines and no BRT option.

"The city argues that it considered and discarded the BRT option in an alternatives analysis that was completed in 2006. That analysis was done before the city began the EIS, which the city argues is legal and proper."

What the City is ignoring is that Mufi rejected the 2003 BRT plan only one year after the FTA and the City had approved it because he personally preferred the rail line.

For a media view of events see KITV or KHON.

 

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