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Hearing set on suit seeking release of judicial nominee names

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:28 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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