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Governor gets 6 names for Supreme Court vacancy

By Ken Kobayashi

LAST UPDATED: 03:31 p.m. HST, Jan 27, 2014

Four state judges, the state Public Defender and a private attorney are the six candidates for the upcoming vacancy on the Hawaii Supreme Court with the retirement of Associate Justice Simeon Acoba, the state Judicial Selection Commission announced this morning.

Under the state Constitution, Gov. Neil Abercrombie must replace Acoba with one of the six names submitted to him by the commission.

The six are:

- Circuit Judge Derrick Chan

- Circuit Judge Richard Perkins

- Circuit Judge Michael Wilson

- Chief Judge Craig Nakamura of the Intermediate Court of Appeals

- State Public Defender Jack Tonaki

- Honolulu attorney Jeffrey Crabtree.

The commission said it selected the names from 16 applicants, 14 men and two women.

Nine were judges and five were private attorneys, the panel said.

Abercrombie's nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

The appointment will be the governor's third on the five-member high court.

His two other picks were circuit court judges - Sabrina McKenna and Richard Pollack.

The others on the high court are Acoba, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and Associate Justice Paula Nakayama.

Acoba is leaving the court because of the state Constitution's mandatory retirement provision for justices and judges at age 70.

Acoba turns 70 in March.

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Frances wrote:
Oh Please, not MIKE WILSON. Remember how he ripped off Barry Nakamura in that Bishop Museum lawsuit? We are disappointed he was even appointed a judge, much less a supreme. There are other much better names on the list of recommendations.
on January 27,2014 | 10:53AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
I guess he's better off playing with the Beach Boys.
on January 27,2014 | 11:10AM
So are you saying he is a bad apple, or are you saying he WON a lawsuit that didnt come out in your favor? Sorry, but I dont know any of the potential judges, but if you are making a decision based on the outcome of something you dont agree with, well the, too bad.
on January 27,2014 | 11:58AM
copperwire9 wrote:
He's an empty suit, far more interested in appearances and in being 'important' than in serving the people of Hawaii.
on January 27,2014 | 05:27PM
twitter6 wrote:
And please not the guy that sounds like Zeffrey Krabtree
on January 27,2014 | 12:06PM
GoldenRule wrote:
I like Richard Perkins. He is a nice normal guy.
on January 27,2014 | 12:06PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
I hope these are people who will think twice about who they put in various Supreme Court committees, especially the disciplinary committee. You need impeccable morals to serve on these committees. There is no difference between the personal and the professional.
on January 27,2014 | 12:27PM
Anonymous wrote:
Why was Judge Steve Alms' name not on the list? From all I've seen and heard, he's the brightest light on the bench.
on January 27,2014 | 02:41PM
NotNasti wrote:
You have to apply for the position.
on January 27,2014 | 03:09PM
soundofreason wrote:
Judge Paul Wong.
on January 27,2014 | 07:21PM
soundofreason wrote:
Richard Perkins.Nooooooooooooooooooooooo. You've heard of "hangin' judges"............He's "the walkin' judge.
on January 27,2014 | 05:49PM
CriticalReader wrote:
No Filipino(s) on the list? Welcome to the future of Hawaii.
on January 27,2014 | 09:15PM
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