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Senate approves Nakasone appointment to Circuit Court

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:09 p.m. HST, Sep 01, 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.

The state Senate approved the nomination of Karen Nakasone as a circuit court judge on Oahu for a 10-year term.

The vote was 22-0.

Nakasone, 41, a deputy public defender since 1996, is the third judicial appointment for Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Nakasone, who worked as an intern for the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink and clerked for Simeon Acoba when he was on the Intermediate Court of Appeals, is also a former president of the Honolulu chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.

Abercrombie previously appointed Sabrina McKenna to the Hawaii Supreme Court and Rhonda Loo as a Maui circuit judge.

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