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Hawaii public defenders fighting for alleged criminals to be freed

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Hawaii judges are dismissing hundreds of criminal cases because of a state Supreme Court ruling -- the latest challenge in prosecuting people for serious crimes.

Some judges are keeping defendants behind bars for up to 90 days so prosecutors can take the cases to a grand jury to be indicted.

But public defenders are now arguing that violates federal and state laws -- and asking the state Supreme Court to free their clients.

Produced in partnership with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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