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Senate confirms Tootoo for Circuit Court

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii state senators on Friday overwhelmingly supported the confirmation of District Court Judge Faauuga Tootoo to the Circuit Court bench.

The Hawaii State Bar Association deemed Tootoo "unqualified" for the promotion but senators said no one testified against his nomination.

Following the 22 to 0 vote, Tootoo said his seventeen years in District Court will serve him in his new position.

"I look forward to working even harder up in Circuit Court to continue to enforce the law of this state and to make sure whoever comes in front of me is treated fairly," he said.

Tootoo, 52, becomes Hawaii's first Circuit Court judge of Samoan ancestry.

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