Acquaintances call the federal judge from Honolulu reserved and unemotional. But he’s under attack from the president and his supporters.
Hawaii’s delegation says the budget as it stands now is bad for Hawaii.
A local hearing is scheduled to begin six hours after one in Maryland and 90 minutes before another in Seattle.
It’s not uncommon for the top state lawyers to push back against whichever opposing political party holds the White House.
The state claims that the newly revised executive order is “infected with the same legal problems” as the original.
The new executive order is set to take effect March 16. Meanwhile, critics, including Hawaii officials, are considering more legal action.