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US Surgeon General pleads not guilty to Hawaii citation

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks during a National African American History Month reception hosted by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The nation's chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone in an effort to combat the nation's opioid crisis. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Adams is expected to speak about the public health advisory Thursday, April 5, at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is pleading not guilty to being in a Hawaii park that was closed amid coronavirus restrictions. Adams’ attorney, Michael Green, entered the plea on his behalf.

Adams was not in Hawaii for Monday’s hearing. His assistant, who was also cited with him last month, also pleaded not guilty.

When a Honolulu police officer cited Adams and his aide, they were in Hawaii helping with a spike in coronavirus cases.

Violating any of the mayor’s emergency orders is punishable as a misdemeanor. If found guilty, Adams and his aide face fines of up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both.

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