Recktenwald nominated to Hawaii Supreme Court - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Recktenwald nominated to Hawaii Supreme Court

Associate Justice Mark Recktenwald Associate Justice Mark Recktenwald

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's a do-over for Governor Lingle. Her first pick for Hawaii chief justice, Katherine Leonard, was rejected, so she named a new nominee late Friday afternoon.

Associate Justice Mark Recktenwald is her choice to replace retiring Chief Justice Ronald Moon. The 54-year old joined the Supreme Court last may as an associate justice. He's also served two years as chief judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals. The governor says despite this being her second choice, Recktenwald is a strong candidate to head up the state's highest court.

"You all know the history of the appointment sometimes what you think happens doesn't end up happening, but in the case of Justice Reckenwald his record is so clear. His time at the US Attorney's office as a deputy there but his time at leading the Intermediate Court of Appeals and now as a justice on the Supreme Court… he has a record that people can look at" said Lingle.

The senate now has thirty days to confirm or reject the nomination. In both of his previous confirmation proceedings, Recktenwald was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate.

Last week the governor's first choice, Katherine Leonard, was rejected by the senate and deemed unqualified by the Hawaii State Bar Association. She fell four votes short of becoming Hawaii's first female chief justice.

After the Senate vote, Lingle could only choose from five recommendations on a list given her by the state Judicial Selection Commission. The four others besides Recktenwald were: Craig Nakamura, chief judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals; appellate Judge Daniel Foley and Circuit Judges Bert Ayabe and Richard Pollack.

Copyright 2010 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly