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The Latest: Court gives telescope foes time to take action

November 10, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the legal battle over a permit to build a giant telescope on a Hawaii mountain (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

The Hawaii Supreme Court is giving opponents of a giant telescope more time to decide whether they’ll pursue the next legal step in fighting the project.

Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna says opponents have 10 days from Friday to file a motion for reconsideration of the court’s ruling upholding the construction permit for Thirty Meter Telescope.

The opponents asked for more time, saying they can’t make a decision about whether to seek reconsideration until the dissenting judge issues his opinion.

On Oct. 30, the court ruled 4-1 that the state land board was correct in approving a permit to build on a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred.

Associate Justice Michael Wilson dissented but didn’t immediately release his opinion.

Telescope attorneys opposed giving them more time.

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12:15 p.m.

Opponents of a giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest mountain want more time before asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider a recent ruling upholding the project’s construction permit.

They filed a motion Thursday saying they can’t make a decision about whether to seek reconsideration until the dissenting judge issues his opinion.

On Oct. 30, the court ruled 4-1 that the state land board was correct in approving a permit to build Thirty Meter Telescope on a mountain Hawaiians consider sacred.

Associate Justice Michael Wilson dissented but didn’t immediately release his opinion.

Attorney General Russell Suzuki said a motion for reconsideration must be filed within 10 days of the ruling.

The opponents say they need to be able to review the full decision, which includes Wilson’s dissenting opinion.

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