On Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. before the House Finance Committee, I testified in opposition to HB275 HD1 that proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to appoint retired judges and justices as emeritus judges, permitting the appointed judges and justices to serve as temporary judges in courts no higher than the court level that they reached prior to retirement and for terms not to exceed three months per appointment. While the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu supports judges and justices who are knowledgeable of the law and respectful to attorneys, staff, and witnesses pursuant to the Hawaii Revised Code of Judicial Conduct, the department notes that the mandatory retirement of judges and justices who reach the age of 70 provides opportunity for judicial nominees who have a fresh approach in analyzing the laws and a strong commitment to treating all participants in the court in a professional manner. Moreover, the mandatory retirement of age 70 for justices and judges is sometimes our only opportunity for change. By bringing back justices and judges who were forced to retire upon reaching the age of 70, we slow down this transition of leadership.
I also testified in support of HB1027 HD1 that requires absentee voters to affirm by signature that the ballot was completed in secrecy and without influence from other; requires absentee ballots to include information regarding election fraud, voter fraud, and related penalties; prohibits employers, unions, and candidates or their agents from assisting voters with completing absentee ballots; and subjects special elections by mail to the same voter assistance requirements as for absentee ballots.
In the evening, I exercised for the 14th time in 2013 with strength training for my abs, arms, and back, and I ran 8.51 miles in Honolulu.