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Governor waits too long to appoint Maui judge

Abercrombie's appointment is invalid and commission must now pick the judge

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 10:20 p.m. HST, Jun 12, 2012


Gov. Neil Abercrombie today made an appointment to fill a Maui Circuit Court judge vacancy — two days too late.

Just hours after announcing the appointment of attorney Peter T. Cahill, the governor was informed by the attorney general's office that under state law he had to make the appointment by June 10. 

"The appointment of a judge has to be made within 30 days of the Judicial Selection Commission forwarding the list of applicants to the governor," Attorney General David Louie said in a news release. "In this case the Judicial Selection Commission sent the list to the governor on May 11th. Therefore the governor had to make an appointment by June 10th." 

The Judicial Selection Commission will now choose a judge, with the consent of the Senate. 

"The law is the law, and now the appointment to the Second Circuit is in the hands of the Judicial Selection Commission. I appreciate the process by which the commission provided me the list and trust that they will act in good faith," Abercrombie said.






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