Political Radar


March 13th, 2014

The state Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee will hold another hearing on Circuit Judge Michael Wilson's nomination to the state Supreme Court on Saturday after more detailed questions have been raised about his fitness to serve.

The Hawaii State Bar Association on Wednesday disclosed the reasons behind its "unqualified" rating on Wilson, including the propriety of his conduct toward women in professional contexts.

The women's caucus in the state Senate on Thursday said they want more information from Wilson, including a request to waive the confidentiality of his personnel file.

Sen. Clayton Hee, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, also said that a woman had approached him with concerns about Wilson that he wants the opportunity to investigate.

The committee had voted unanimously last week to recommend Wilson's nomination. The full Senate has until early next week to vote.

Hee said that the committee could vote again after Saturday's hearing.

Hee invited Wilson, the bar association, and anyone else the opportunity to come forward and comment on the nomination.

Sen. Malama Solomon and Sen. Laura Thielen told reporters that they take the issue of Wilson's conduct toward women very seriously.


7 Responses to “Rehear”

  1. hossana:

    Finally, the Senate committee has gotten it right by holding a second hearing on Wilson's character before approving him for the judgeship on the Supreme Court.

  2. Especially Incognito:

    Seems that women use rumors that need to be proven to get one ousted,
    The only weapon they have is their voices.

  3. Manoa Kahuna:

    Oh! This is going to be very interesting.

  4. Hmmm:

    Can you say double jeopardy... If enough people anonymously charge him of enough indiscretions... Will the Senators get the ethnic or gender choice they preferred... It's a disgrace

  5. innocent observer:

    if Wilson wants to save face, he should withdraw from his nominations immediately. don't believe he will survive this second look. the legal community wants someone who is qualified in all aspects of being a state supreme court judge; apparently, there are many in the legal community who have serious doubts about fitness to be one. even if he might overcome this review and approved by the senate, he will forever be tainted - the only state supreme court who was ranked unqualified yet via politics was approved. however, is doubtful that he will survive the full senate confirmation process even if the gets by the senate judiciary committee.

  6. Ella:

    It sounds like Hee is going to pass Wilson through again anyway. I just don't think that the Women's Caucus has the votes to block the nomination. Wilson and friends have no shame, no face. They will probably just try to gut it out, brazenly, as they have done so far. Their actions speak volumes about why Wilson is unfit for the Supreme Court. But, they are just pushing for the win.

    Mike Wilson should not only not be confirmed for the Supreme Court nomination, but he should resign as a judge, effective immediately. Scoff-laws should not be on the Bench. Further, that cutesy answer about public drunkenness--ie "Not that I recall" was not a No. It was a "I cannot recall because I was drunk" kind of answer. For a Supreme Court nominee to engage in that kind of immature behavior during his confirmation hearing is appalling. This nomination is just the latest of Neil's follies.

  7. Especially Incognito:

    Ha Ha. This sounds like Heecare.
    Maybe what Hee sees is what others don't.

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