Newly elected Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm is moving to dismiss the criminal cases against U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and his aide after Honolulu police cited the men for allegedly violating pandemic rules in August.

Adams and his aide, Dennis Anderson-Villaluz, were among thousands of people ticketed by the Honolulu Police Department for violations of the mayor’s emergency orders.

Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, US Surgeon General and Mayor Kirk Caldwell during COVID-19 surge testing press conference held at Leeward Community College. August 26, 2020
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams was in Honolulu to help with COVID-19 testing when he was ticketed by HPD. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office declined to pursue the vast majority of those cases. However, under Alm’s predecessor, the office did go forward with the charges against Adams and Anderson-Villaluz.

In a statement, Alm said the case isn’t worth pursuing.

“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 not achieve that goal,” he said.

“This office’s resources are better spent prosecuting other offenses, including serious violations of the Mayor’s emergency orders that pose a real threat to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Adams and Anderson-Villaluz were in Honolulu to assist the city with a federally funded COVID-19 surge testing effort. During their visit, they allegedly entered Kualoa Regional Park to take photos while the park was closed under the mayor’s order.

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