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New judge embraces loyalty, rules

  • DENNIS ODA / doda@staradvertiser.com

    Derrick Kahala Watson, who became the state's newest U.S. district judge May 6, is an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan whose memorabilia collection includes baseball bats, helmets and stadium seats from the major league team's current and former stadiums. Still, if a case involving his beloved Dodgers came before him, Watson said he would follow the rules despite his fandom. "We have to follow the law," he said. "The system breaks down if we don't."

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