Special Counsel Payments

Request to:
City Department of the Corporation Counsel
Law used:
State of Hawaii UIPA
Status of this request:
Request asleep
Summary of Request
1. Publicly available data within any set of data that includes amounts paid to special counsel from 2015 to present. If there is more than one dataset that includes this information, I am willing to modify and narrow this request once I understand what information is available. 2. Documents sufficient to identify counsel employed from 2015 to present based on determinations by the Honolulu Police Commission or a court pursuant to HRS 52D-8. 3. Documents sufficient to show amounts demanded, the basis for those amounts, and amounts paid to counsel based on determinations by the Honolulu Police Commission or a court pursuant to HRS 52D-8 in connection with United States v. Silva, No. 16-CR-787; United States v. Kealoha, No. 17-CR-582; United States v. Kealoha, No. 18-CR-68; United States v. Sellers, No. 19-CR-3; or Puana v. Kealoha, No. 16-CV-659, including but not limited to amounts demanded by Kevin Sumida, Myles Breiner, Rustam Barbee, Birney Bervar, Richard Sing, Randall Hironaka, Lars Isaacson, or William Harrison. If there are ways to narrow or modify this request to reduce the burden on the Department, please contact me.

Messages in this request

From R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest)
Subject Records Request for City Department of the Corporation Counsel: Special Counsel Payments [#296]
Date Jan. 3, 2020, 12:07 p.m.
To City Department of the Corporation Counsel
Status Awaiting response
Attachments

Aloha, Pursuant to the public records law, I would like to request the following records in electronic format sent to my email address.
1. Publicly available data within any set of data that includes amounts paid to special counsel from 2015 to present. If there is more than one dataset that includes this information, I am willing to modify and narrow this request once I understand what information is available. 2. Documents sufficient to identify counsel employed from 2015 to present based on determinations by the Honolulu Police Commission or a court pursuant to HRS 52D-8. 3. Documents sufficient to show amounts demanded, the basis for those amounts, and amounts paid to counsel based on determinations by the Honolulu Police Commission or a court pursuant to HRS 52D-8 in connection with United States v. Silva, No. 16-CR-787; United States v. Kealoha, No. 17-CR-582; United States v. Kealoha, No. 18-CR-68; United States v. Sellers, No. 19-CR-3; or Puana v. Kealoha, No. 16-CV-659, including but not limited to amounts demanded by Kevin Sumida, Myles Breiner, Rustam Barbee, Birney Bervar, Richard Sing, Randall Hironaka, Lars Isaacson, or William Harrison. If there are ways to narrow or modify this request to reduce the burden on the Department, please contact me.
[... Show complete request text] R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest)
  1. 1 year, 8 months agoJan. 3, 2020, 12:08 p.m.: R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest) sent a message to City Department of the Corporation Counsel.
From Department of the Corporation Counsel – City Department of the Corporation Counsel
Subject RE: Records Request for City Department of the Corporation Counsel: Special Counsel Payments [#296]
Date Jan. 17, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
Status Awaiting response
Attachments

Mr. Black, Please find attached, the Notice to Requester. The amount quoted is a rough estimate of the time it will take to prepare the document(s) requested in your 92F. If you would like to clarify/narrow the scope of your request, feel free to contact us. Thank you, Department of the Corporation Counsel City & County of Honolulu 530 S. King Street, Room 110 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel: (808) 768-5193 Fax: (808) 768-5104 Email: <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: R. Brian Black <<email address>> Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 12:08 PM To: Department of the Corporation Counsel Subject: Records Request for City Department of the Corporation Counsel: Special Counsel Payments [#296] Aloha, Pursuant to the public records law, I would like to request the following records in electronic format sent to my email address. 1. Publicly available data within any set of data that includes amounts paid to special counsel from 2015 to present. If there is more than one dataset that includes this information, I am willing to modify and narrow this request once I understand what information is available. 2. Documents sufficient to identify counsel employed from 2015 to present based on determinations by the Honolulu Police Commission or a court pursuant to HRS 52D-8. 3. Documents sufficient to show amounts demanded, the basis for those amounts, and amounts paid to counsel based on determinations by the Honolulu Police Commission or a court pursuant to HRS 52D-8 in connection with United States v. Silva, No. 16-CR-787; United States v. Kealoha, No. 17-CR-582; United States v. Kealoha, No. 18-CR-68; United States v. Sellers, No. 19-CR-3; or Puana v. Kealoha, No. 16-CV-659, including but not limited to amounts demanded by Kevin Sumida, Myles Breiner, Rustam Barbee, Birney Bervar, Richard Sing, Randall Hironaka, Lars Isaacson, or William Harrison. If there are ways to narrow or modify this request to reduce the burden on the Department, please contact me. Mahalo, R. Brian Black Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest
  1. 1 year, 8 months agoJan. 17, 2020, 4:31 p.m.: Received an email from City Department of the Corporation Counsel.
From R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest)
Subject RE: Records Request for City Department of the Corporation Counsel: Special Counsel Payments [#296]
Date Jan. 17, 2020, 4:54 p.m.
To City Department of the Corporation Counsel

Aloha, I am willing to discuss narrowing the request. It would help if I could understand how the information is stored and what requires the significant search and review time. I suspect it would be easier to discuss by phone, but feel free to e-mail additional information if preferred. Otherwise, please call 531-4000 when convenient. Best, Brian
  1. 1 year, 8 months agoJan. 17, 2020, 4:54 p.m.: R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest) sent a message to City Department of the Corporation Counsel.
From Department of the Corporation Counsel – City Department of the Corporation Counsel
Subject RE: Records Request for City Department of the Corporation Counsel: Special Counsel Payments [#296]
Date Oct. 15, 2020, 4:40 p.m.
Status Awaiting response
Attachments

Mr. Black, Please disregard the previous email, and find attached the responsive document(s) re your request. Thank you, Department of the Corporation Counsel City & County of Honolulu 530 S. King Street, Room 110 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel: (808) 768-5193 Fax: (808) 768-5104 Email: <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: R. Brian Black <<email address>> Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 12:08 PM To: Department of the Corporation Counsel Subject: Records Request for City Department of the Corporation Counsel: Special Counsel Payments [#296] Aloha, Pursuant to the public records law, I would like to request the following records in electronic format sent to my email address. 1. Publicly available data within any set of data that includes amounts paid to special counsel from 2015 to present. If there is more than one dataset that includes this information, I am willing to modify and narrow this request once I understand what information is available. 2. Documents sufficient to identify counsel employed from 2015 to present based on determinations by the Honolulu Police Commission or a court pursuant to HRS 52D-8. 3. Documents sufficient to show amounts demanded, the basis for those amounts, and amounts paid to counsel based on determinations by the Honolulu Police Commission or a court pursuant to HRS 52D-8 in connection with United States v. Silva, No. 16-CR-787; United States v. Kealoha, No. 17-CR-582; United States v. Kealoha, No. 18-CR-68; United States v. Sellers, No. 19-CR-3; or Puana v. Kealoha, No. 16-CV-659, including but not limited to amounts demanded by Kevin Sumida, Myles Breiner, Rustam Barbee, Birney Bervar, Richard Sing, Randall Hironaka, Lars Isaacson, or William Harrison. If there are ways to narrow or modify this request to reduce the burden on the Department, please contact me. Mahalo, R. Brian Black Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest
  1. 11 months, 1 week agoOct. 15, 2020, 4:40 p.m.: Received an email from City Department of the Corporation Counsel.
  2. 11 months, 1 week agoOct. 16, 2020, 2:43 p.m.: R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest) published an attachment on request Special Counsel Payments.
  3. 11 months, 1 week agoOct. 16, 2020, 2:43 p.m.: R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest) published an attachment on request Special Counsel Payments.
  4. 11 months, 1 week agoOct. 16, 2020, 2:43 p.m.: R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest) published an attachment on request Special Counsel Payments.
  5. 11 months, 1 week agoOct. 16, 2020, 3:27 p.m.: R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest) made the request 'Special Counsel Payments' public.
From R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest)
Subject RE: Records Request for City Department of the Corporation Counsel: Special Counsel Payments [#296]
Date Nov. 5, 2020, 9:32 a.m.
To City Department of the Corporation Counsel

Aloha, I would like more information regarding the "review and segregation" charge. Twenty hours seems a lot to review a three-page invoice for redactions. Regards, Brian
  1. 10 months, 3 weeks agoNov. 5, 2020, 9:33 a.m.: R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest) sent a message to City Department of the Corporation Counsel.
From Department of the Corporation Counsel – City Department of the Corporation Counsel
Subject RE: Records Request for City Department of the Corporation Counsel: Special Counsel Payments [#296]
Date Nov. 25, 2020, 8:16 a.m.

Mr. Black The 20.1 hours charged for the Review and Segregation of Records includes approximately 10.1 hours for the review of draft responses by 7 Litigation Division Deputies; and approximately 10 hours for the review and highlighting of Special Counsel payments by administrative support staff. Department of the Corporation Counsel City & County of Honolulu 530 S. King Street, Room 110 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel: (808) 768-5193 Fax: (808) 768-5104 Email: <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: R. Brian Black <<email address>> Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:33 AM To: Department of the Corporation Counsel Subject: RE: Records Request for City Department of the Corporation Counsel: Special Counsel Payments [#296] CAUTION:   Email received from an EXTERNAL sender.   Please confirm the content is safe prior to opening attachments or links. Aloha, I would like more information regarding the "review and segregation" charge. Twenty hours seems a lot to review a three-page invoice for redactions. Regards, Brian
  1. 10 months agoNov. 25, 2020, 8:16 a.m.: Received an email from City Department of the Corporation Counsel.
From R. Brian Black (Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest)
Subject RE: Records Request for City Department of the Corporation Counsel: Special Counsel Payments [#296]
Date Nov. 25, 2020, 10:36 a.m.
To City Department of the Corporation Counsel

Aloha, thank you for the explanation. But I would note that the description does not appear consistent with what may be charged as "review" time. Review means "to examine a government record, in response to a request for access to the record, in order to determine which portions, if any, of the record are exempt from disclosure by law. Review does not include the time spent by the agency, or another person, to resolve issues of general law or policy regarding the applicability of exceptions to disclosure under chapter 92F, HRS." HAR 2-71-2. That is why I noted that the only document that appeared to be subject to any review was the redacted invoice. Please let me know if there is a revised fee. Best, Brian