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Obama nominates U.S. attorney for federal judgeship in Hawaii

By Ken Kobayashi

LAST UPDATED: 12:50 a.m. HST, Nov 15, 2012

President Barack Obama has nominated Assistant U. S. Attorney Derrick K. Watson to serve as a U.S. District Court judge in Hawaii.

Watson would become Hawaii’s fourth full-time federal district judge and would fill the vacancy left by U. S. District Judge David Ezra, who became a senior federal judge this year.

U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye praised the nomination of the graduate of Kamehameha Schools and said Watson is a “strong selection.”

“He consistently displayed exemplary legal acumen, integrity and fairness during his decade as a federal prosecutor in North California and Hawaii and that will serve him well on the federal bench,” Inouye said in a statement this morning. “I urge my colleagues in the Senate to join me in supporting his timely confirmation and I applaud Derrick’s willingness to serve Hawaii and our nation.”

The nomination to the lifetime position requires Senate approval.

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cojef wrote:
Local boy makes it big?
on November 14,2012 | 10:56AM
honopic wrote:
Not so dismissive, cojef. More like respected attorney earns his stripes through hard work and fairness. Why are you always so negative?
on November 14,2012 | 04:54PM
livealoha wrote:
Imua Kamehameha! Congratulations Derrick.
on November 14,2012 | 01:53PM
Mythman wrote:
Will he recuse himself from all cases involving Kamehameha Schools and Hawaiians due to a conflict of interest? This would be a large number of recusals and raise questions of why have a judge going in with so many potential conflicts of interest.
on November 14,2012 | 04:51PM
pueohonua wrote:
Mr. Watson was nominated as a U.S. District Court Judge. He should not have to recuse himself from anything that is focused on Hawaiian affairs. He was selected on "displaying exemplary legal acumen, integrity and fairness". I'm sure he is not the first Judge having to review and rule on cases on schools they attended. That's ridiculous.
on November 14,2012 | 11:09PM
Fred01 wrote:
Interesting that he has never been admitted to the Hawaii Bar...
on November 14,2012 | 06:57PM
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