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Nakakuni retires as U.S. attorney for Hawaii after resignation requested


    Florence Nakakuni, former U.S. attorney for Hawaii

Florence Nakakuni, U.S. attorney for Hawaii, has retired after the Justice Department asked her and other prosecutors held over from the President Barack Obama’s administration to step down.

A news release Monday says Nakakuni’s retirement went into effect Saturday.

Obama appointed her in 2009. She was the first woman to serve as the presidentially appointed U.S. attorney in the Hawaii district.

She had been an assistant U.S. attorney since 1985. Her roles included chief of the drug and organized crime section and chief of the organization crime strike force unit.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Elliot Enoki is acting U.S. attorney.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week asked for resignations from 46 prosecutors as part of a transition in administrations.

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