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Hawaii Disciplinary Counsel To Investigate Lawyer Who Ran Marshallese Baby Business Jessica Terrell/Civil Beat

Hawaii Disciplinary Counsel To Investigate Lawyer Who Ran Marshallese Baby Business

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel said a Civil Beat story triggered the investigation into attorney Laurie Loomis.

This Honolulu Lawyer Has Run A Marshallese Baby Business With Impunity Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

This Honolulu Lawyer Has Run A Marshallese Baby Business With Impunity

Laurie Loomis’ operation, including flying women from the Marshall Islands for adoptions, resembles that of a recently indicted Arizona lawyer, but thus far she has faced no consequences.

Crackdown On Illegal Marshallese Adoptions Comes After More Than A Decade Of Inaction Jessica Terrell / Civil Beat

Crackdown On Illegal Marshallese Adoptions Comes After More Than A Decade Of Inaction

After the charging of a prominent Arizona adoption attorney in three states for multiple offenses, authorities say more actions are coming.

Major Player In Black Market Marshallese Adoptions Faces Criminal Charges maricopa.gov

Major Player In Black Market Marshallese Adoptions Faces Criminal Charges

Paul Petersen, an Arizona attorney who was the focus of a Honolulu Civil Beat investigation, is the target of a multi-state investigation.

Feds Charge Arkansas Fixer With Luring Marshallese Women To US For Illegal Adoptions Sarah Holm/Civil Beat

Feds Charge Arkansas Fixer With Luring Marshallese Women To US For Illegal Adoptions

Maki Takehisa, identified as a fixer in a Civil Beat investigation last year, worked with an Arizona attorney to arrange black market adoptions.

Mysteries Surround Pay For Top Staffers At Prominent Honolulu Rehab Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mysteries Surround Pay For Top Staffers At Prominent Honolulu Rehab

Why did Sand Island Treatment Center report much higher salaries in its tax returns than in bids for state contracts? The rehab won’t say.

Fit To Print? State’s Mauna Kea Press Conferences Raise The Question Of What’s News Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Fit To Print? State’s Mauna Kea Press Conferences Raise The Question Of What’s News

Government institutions have the inside scoop, but that doesn’t mean the media should always bite.

Judge: Mother Wrongly Listed By Hawaii As Abuser Had No Chance To Clear Her Name Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: Mother Wrongly Listed By Hawaii As Abuser Had No Chance To Clear Her Name

Courtney Bird lost her case in federal appeals court because she didn’t file in time, but one judge blasted Hawaii’s system as nonsensical and unfair.

Texas Agency Forced To Shutter Marshallese Adoption Business Jessica Terrell/Civil Beat

Texas Agency Forced To Shutter Marshallese Adoption Business

Adoptions International, which flew in Marshallese birth mothers through Hawaii, was suspended in June and last week lost its accreditation.