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Lawsuit Seeks Removal of Schatz from Office
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 6059 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Judiciary, Office of Elections, Politicians

Lawsuit Challenges Legality of Senate Special Election

From text of Hamamoto v Abercrombie filed in Honolulu Federal Court, October 31, 2014:  

...Plaintiffs bring this action challenging the election being conducted by Defendant Nago and the State of Hawaii Office of Elections in relation to filling the vacancy caused by Senator Daniel K. Inouye's death as unconstitutional under the Seventeenth Amendment because the election is not pursuant to a writ of election issued by the Governor and because Defendant Nago's proclamation states that the candidate elected at the special general election to fill the vacancy shall not take office until January 3, 2015.

Despite the passage of over 18 months since Senator Inouye's death, Defendant Neil Abercrombie (Abercrombie) has yet to comply with the Seventeenth Amendment and issue a writ of election for the holding of an election in which the people of Hawaii can elect a permanent replacement to fill the vacancy caused by Senator Inouye's death.

Plaintiffs also challenge the constitutionality of Section 17-1 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) under the Seventeenth Amendment of the United States Constitution because HRS § 17-1 impermissibly requires the Governor of Hawaii to make a "temporary appointment" to fill a Senate vacancy and limits the Governor to choosing an appointee "by selecting a person from a list of three prospective appointees submitted by the same political party as the prior incumbent."

Because of these constitutional flaws in HRS § 17-1, the Hawaii State Legislature has not validly "empower[ed]" the Governor under the Seventeenth Amendment to "make temporary appointment until the people fill" the vacancy caused by Senator Inouye's death, and Defendant Brian Schatz (Schatz) has therefore not been validly appointed to temporarily fill the vacancy.

Additionally, the constitutional flaws in HRS § 17-1 with regard to temporary appointments are unseverable from the part of the statute delaying the election to fill the vacancy to "the following state general election," thereby making the election-timing provision void.

Plaintiffs accordingly seek an order (1) declaring the election being conducted by Defendant Nago and the State of Hawaii Office of Elections in relation to the permanent filling of the vacancy is unconstitutional under the Seventeenth Amendment because the election is not pursuant to a writ of election issued by the Governor; (2) declaring HRS § 17-1 unconstitutional and not validly "empower[ing]" the Governor under the Seventeenth Amendment to "make temporary appointment until the people fill" the vacancy caused by Senator Inouye's death; (3) declaring that Defendant Schatz has not been validly appointed to temporarily fill the vacancy resulting from Senator Inouye's death and enjoining him from acting in and removing him from the office of United States Senator unless and until he is elected in a special general election pursuant to a writ of election issued by the Governor to fill the remainder of Senator Inouye's term, (4) declaring that the constitutional flaws in HRS § 17-1 with regard to temporary appointments are unseverable from the part of the statute delaying the election to permanently fill the vacancy to "the following state general election," thereby making the election-timing provision in HRS § 17-1 void, (5) mandating Defendant Abercrombie to immediately comply with the Seventeenth Amendment by issuing a writ of election for the holding of a special general election to fill the vacancy at the earliest practicable date; and (6) declaring that the candidate elected at the special general election to fill the vacancy shall take office immediately upon the candidate's election and qualification....

read ... The Lawsuit

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U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE CAM CAVASSO SAYS IF THE CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN VIOLATED IT MUST BE MADE RIGHT

News Release from Cavasso Campaign November 3, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Cam Cavasso has been joined as a party to the lawsuit by the Plaintiffs  Eugene Hamamoto and John Roco in Hamamoto v. Abercrombie filed October 30, 2014. 

Although Cam has not yet been served he states his preliminary position as "I am a strict constitutionalist, and as such I believe that if the U.S. Constitution or Hawaii Constitution has not been followed, or has been violated, it must be made right.  The same can be said of following constitutionally valid statutes.  Too often, governments attempt to trample Constitutional requirements and rights and statutes for the sake of convenience and it is just not right.  If government expect people to abide by the laws then government needs to adhere to the laws of this land too, all the time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and not just when it is convenient for them.  Unfortunately, government has become the lawless bully in today's society."

Cam added "I also believe that if a valid election is conducted to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat, I would expect the winner to take the seat the day following a valid election." 

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