Supreme Court Declines To Review Challenge To Native Hawaiian Property Tax Exemptions


BY ROBERT THOMAS – The Courrt has denied certiorari in Corboy v. Louie, No. 11-336, the case asking the Court to review the Hawaii Supreme Court’s dismissal of a challenge to the property tax exemptions conferred on lessees of Hawaiian Homesteads.

The petitioners claim this is an unconstitutional race-based classification, but the Hawaii Supreme Court dismissed for lack of standing (the petitioners had not applied for Hawaiian Homestead leases because they are ineligible to receive them).

Here’s the order, in the event you want to see it for yourself.

This case had been kicking around on the docket since December 2011, and it was only on the Term’s last day that the Court finally said no.