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Hearing set on suit seeking release of judicial nominee names

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 07:28 a.m. HST, Oct 19, 2011



 

A hearing has been set for Nov. 9  on a request by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for a court order directing Gov. Neil Abercrombie to release the names of judicial nominees.

Circuit Judge Karl Sakamoto will hear the summary judgment motion filed Tuesday by the newspaper .

Abercrombie has appointed Sabrina McKenna to the Hawaii Supreme Court and two judges to the Circuit Court.

But he has refused to disclose the names of judicial candidates sent to him by the Judicial Selection Commission.  

Abercrombie maintains that the disclosure would be "detrimental to attracting prospective judicial applicants," but the newspaper request said the governor must release the names under the state open records law.

 







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Macadamiamac wrote:
Qui bono? Not the people; nor the unappointed nominees. Not Neil da Gov everybody seems to love to hate. Qui bono?
on October 19,2011 | 08:30AM
Kuihao wrote:
I hope the SA prevails in this lawsuit, and the Governor is forced to disclose the names on the list, even if the disclosure comes after he has made his choice. The Governor's rationale for not disclosing the names seems disingenuous (at best), and the fact is that, without knowing who the alternatives were, it is impossible for anyone to evaluate his choices. This leads to distrust of the judicial selection process and suspicions of cronyism, and will increase support for the election of judges (which would be a huge step backwards). Perhaps with the recent staff changes in the Governor's office, he will take the opportunity to re-evaluate his position, and recognize that the benefits of disclosure far outweigh any supposed costs.
on October 19,2011 | 09:19AM
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