John H. Wilson was declared the mayor-elect of Honolulu today in a unanimous decision of the territorial supreme court.
Chief Justice Samuel B. Kemp gave the court decision 20 minutes after the judges convened at 10 this morning in the third day of the contested election hearing brought by Herbert M. (Montie) Richards, defeated Republican candidate.
Chief Justice Kemp and Associated Justice Louis Le Baron agreed with the opinion voiced by Associate Justice Emil C. Peters when he said he felt the Republican petition contesting the election should be dismissed.
"I felt very strongly," said Justice Peters to Republican attorneys, "toward giving you every opportunity to check the ballots of which you complained.
"I think that opportunity has been made available and that you have done everything you could. We would be delving into the realm of what you would call ‘I don’t know.’
"Our elections are notoriously free from corruption and there is almost uniform honesty in them.
"Inaccuracy is an earmark of honest elections. We have given Mr. Richards every opportunity to present his case here."
Chief Justice Kemp and Justice Le Baron immediately agreed with their colleague. Chief Justice Kemp made the court decision official.
Montie Richardson lost the election to the Democratic candidate, Mr. Wilson, by 16 votes. His attorneys, Oliver P. Soares and Samuel P. King, challenged 44 ballots in their request for the recount.
As of today, Mr. Soares claimed that he had reduced Mr. Wilson’s margin of 16 votes to 7.