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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:41 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Lingle, Bennett say they are happy with court's decision to rehear case

The following statement was released today by Gov. Linda Lingle after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today said it will rehear the case involving a non-Hawaiian student seeking to enroll at Kamehameha Schools:

"Courts ought to be instruments of justice, not of injustice.  I am glad the State was able to help Kamehameha Schools obtain this decision to have the full Court of Appeals review this matter, and I remain hopeful that Kamehameha Schools will ultimately win this case which is of such great importance to Hawai'i and our citizens, Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian alike."

Attorney General Mark Bennett released the following statement:

"I am very happy at the Ninth Circuit's decision to rehear this matter en banc.  I believe the original panel decision was legally flawed and manifestly unjust.  I look forward to working with the Kamehameha Schools to prepare the best possible case to present to the en banc court."