Nominee for Hawaii Supreme Court approved


HONOLULU — The Hawaii Senate has approved Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s nominee for the state Supreme Court, despite concerns raised about the nominee’s work with women.

All but one senator — 24 to 1— voted to approve Circuit Judge Michael Wilson to the post on Monday. Sen. Rosalyn Baker was the only senator to vote against him.

The Hawaii State Bar Association had rated Wilson “unqualified” because of concerns over his work ethic and professionalism.

The Senate Women’s Caucus had also asked for more details on Wilson’s record, prompting Judiciary Committee Chairman Clayton Hee to hold a weekend hearing to allow Wilson and others to discuss the nomination.