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Richard Pollack sworn in to Hawaii Supreme Court


Richard Pollack was sworn in Monday afternoon as an associate justice to the five-member Hawaii Supreme Court.

Pollack, a former circuit judge who previously served as the state Public Defender, is Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s second appointment to the high court.

Pollack, 62, was named to the $151,118-a-year position for a 10-year term, but he  would have to retire in 2020 when he turns 70 under the mandatory retirement provision of the state constitution.

The state Senate unanimously approved the appointment in June.

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald swore in the newest member of the high court during ceremonies at the Hawaii Supreme Court courtroom.

Abercrombie last year appointed Sabrina McKenna to the high court.

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