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Senate committee votes 4-0 to endorse Nakasone judicial appointment

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:28 p.m. HST, Aug 31, 2011

  Jamm Aquino / jaquino@staradvertiser.com Karen Nakasone, appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to a 10-year term on Oahu's circuit bench, spoke Monday during a confirmation hearing by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor at the state Capitol.

A Senate committee voted 4-0 today to recommend approval of Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s appointment of Deputy Public Defender Karen Nakasone to a 10-year term as an Oahu Circuit Court judge.

Nakasone, 41, a deputy public defender since 1996, testified before the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee on Monday and drew overwhelming support.

The committee’s recommendation goes to the full Senate, which is scheduled to take a final vote on the nomination Thursday.

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