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Assure openness of judiciary picks


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 21, 2014

~~<p>Gov. Neil Abercrombie is too secretive about appointing state judges &mdash; far less open than were his immediate predecessors, Linda Lingle, a Republican, and Ben Cayetano, like Abercrombie, a Democrat. Although today's Judicial Selection Commission that advises the governor has acted within its own authority to inject sunshine into the process of filling these influential posts, the Legislature should go even further to protect the public's right to know.</p>
<p>One vehicle to accomplish this goal is House Bill 420, which would ask Hawaii voters whether the state Constitution should be amended to require the commission to publicly disclose lists of judicial nominees it sends to the governor for consideration.</p>
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie is too secretive about appointing state judges — far less open than were his immediate predecessors, Linda Lingle, a Republican, and Ben Cayetano, like Abercrombie, a Democrat. Although today's Judicial Selection Commission that advises the governor has acted within its own authority to inject sunshine into the process of filling these influential posts, the Legislature should go even further to protect the public's right to know.

One vehicle to accomplish this goal is House Bill 420, which would ask Hawaii voters whether the state Constitution should be amended to require the commission to publicly disclose lists of judicial nominees it sends to the governor for consideration. Login for more...



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