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Honolulu Judge Drops Charges Against Former Surgeon General for Allegedly Flouting Virus Restrictions

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Honolulu Judge Drops Charges Against Former Surgeon General for Allegedly Flouting Virus Restrictions

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A judge in Honolulu on Wednesday dismissed a case against former Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who faced criminal misdemeanor charges for allegedly violating local COVID-19 restrictions while in Hawaii to help with testing efforts. The dismissal of charges came on the same day Adams announced that he had been asked by the Biden transition team to resign from his role as surgeon general, and one day after Honolulu prosecutors submitted a motion to dismiss charges against Adams and his aide, Dennis Anderson-Villaluz, for allegedly violating Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Aug. 18 emergency proclamation, “Act Now Honolulu—No Social Gatherings.” In Tuesday’s filing of a motion to dismiss charges, newly elected Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm said in a statement cited by local outlet KITV, “a prosecutor’s paramount goal is to do justice. After a careful review of the facts and law in this case, I have determined that further prosecution of this matter would …

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