Ex-prosecutor Kubo tapped to be circuit judge - Hawaii News

Gov. Linda Lingle has nominated former U.S. Attorney Edward Kubo Jr. as an Oahu circuit judge, a seat left vacant by the retirement of Frances Wong. Full Story

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Since: Mar 08

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#1 Jan 5, 2010
I am very pleased with this nomination, partly because Mr. Kubo comes from a background as prosecutor rather than defense attorney. Too many judges started out as defense attorneys and then, as judges, gave far too much leeway to defense attorneys during trial and were far too lenient in sentencing. Remember former Hawaii Judge Sandra Simms? Remember Judge Ito in the O.J. Simpson trial?

Mr. Kubo has been responsible for finding and arresting some really bad guys, and then prosecuting them vigorously. Hawaii needs more judges who have a strong law-and-order orientation.

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jan 5, 2010
"Too many judges started out as defense attorneys and then, as judges, gave far too much leeway to defense attorneys during trial and were far too lenient in sentencing."

Oh, give it a rest. Lingle has been deliberately appointing judges outside the defense bar since she's taken office, so I'm not sure what you're crying about. And your statement is a gross over-generalization at that.

Do you remember the guy who killed some family's pet pig? Do you remember that he received a five year prison sentence to be added on top of the ten year sentence he recently received for a different offense? Do you remember that the sentencing judge was Richard Pollack? Did you know that Richard Pollack was the former Public Defender?

Like I said, give it a rest. Judges with a defense background can slam the hammer just as hard.

And I've met Ed Kubo. He's a good guy, and I approve of his nomination.

Honolulu, HI

#3 Jan 5, 2010
It is with concern that I read that Ed Kubo husband of Tammy Kubo is appointed to a judgeship. Tammy Kubo was on the advisory committee for Gov. Lingle International Women's Conference on Sept. 22, 2009. In spite of concerned citizens pleas that International War Criminal, Tzipi Livni, be disinvited. Numerous contacts were made to the Governor's Communication Office, Kubo and Betty White another adviser to rescind the invite in the interest of human rights violations of Palestinians, Muslim and Christian. A press conference was held outside Lingle's office on Sept. 21st denouncing the Livni invite by Jewish Voice for Peace, Code Pink, Sabeel Hawai'i, Methodist Church and others. Recently England issued an arrest warrant for Livni for Israeli War Crimes committed when Livni was Israeli Foreign Minister.This appointment has the appearance of a pay off by Lingle.

Hanalei, HI

#4 Jan 5, 2010
Kubo seems like a good choice
proud of you

Waianae, HI

#5 Jan 5, 2010
Ed Kubo is a good man.

He is fair, and will not favor either side. He knows his role, and unlike many of the prior judges, will use his knowledge of the law and apply it without bias.

Just because he comes from a prosecution background doesnt mean he'll cut stupid prosecutors any slack.
proud of you

Waianae, HI

#6 Jan 5, 2010
Sandra Sims is an idiot. I was sitting in the gallery when she told a defendant, that she "expected more from him as this was not the kind of thing a young black man should be doing". W T F does race have to do with the application of the law. Sims played the race card waaaaaay too many times in her court.

She was dumb.

Waipahu, HI

#7 Jan 5, 2010
Lingle said. "He has a well-rounded legal background ..." Well rounded if you consider that his clients appears to have been limited to the government and insurance companies. What has he done to protect civil liberties? What has he done to protect consumers from abusive business practices?
Local Talent

Honolulu, HI

#8 Jan 5, 2010
Like I said, local talent mo beddah for Hawaii.

United States

#9 Jan 5, 2010
Finally...a good man and a good choice.
Please Senators, do the right thing!

Hilo, HI

#10 Jan 5, 2010

Great question.

What has he done to protect civil liberties and consumers?

Honolulu, HI

#11 Jan 5, 2010
Best Wishes, Ed, you will make a great Oahu circuit judge just as you did as U.S. Attorney. I'm sure you have some critics as you were doing your job and some people might not like that. Look forward to seeing you on the bench.

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jan 5, 2010
First it was Steve Alms and now Ed Kubo.
Very good choice and for all you haters of Lingle, get over it. No matter what she does you get irrational. Kubo's a good selection.

Hauula, HI

#13 Jan 5, 2010
Ed Kubo has been working hard to get rid of drug problems in Hawaii communities. This is very important because this problem is not going away soon. We support him 100%

Irvine, CA

#14 Jan 5, 2010
I have been saying for years that ed kubo is the one straight up law enforcer in the state. He may very well be the only one who is in Hawaii.

Finally a wise choice out of this state!

Watch who tries to keep him out......they have something to fear.

Hanalei, HI

#15 Jan 5, 2010
Asian men are best..Lingle knows that

Since: Jan 08

Wailuku, HI

#16 Jan 5, 2010
Kimo wrote:
Great question.
What has he done to protect civil liberties and consumers?
He was a proponent of enforcing the Hobbs Act and Project Safe Neighborhood.
Happy Hawaiian

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jan 5, 2010
What a great choice. Kudos to Lingle and congratulations to Mr. Kubo for an outstanding career that will only improve our judicial system. Best wishes on a smooth confirmation. Maybe now we will see stiffer sentences that match the gravity of the crimes.

Hanalei, HI

#18 Jan 5, 2010
Kubo is cool. He puts mokes away for long term sentences and we need that out here.

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