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Posted on: Saturday, January 27, 2001

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Comment sought on judicial nominees

Public comment is being sought on judicial nominees for two vacancies in the District Court of the 2nd and 5th circuits.

The Judicial Selection Commission has submitted six nominees to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of District Judge Yoshio Shigezawa of the Second Circuit. They are Reinette Cooper, Mark Honda, Brian Jenkins, Douglas Sameshima, James Takayesu and Keith Tanaka.

The commission also nominated six people to fill the vacancy of Clifford Nakea, who was appointed to the Fifth Circuit Court. They are Edmund Acoba, Alfred Castillo Jr., James Itamura, Trudy Senda, Randal Valenciano and Kathleen Watanabe.

Anyone who would like to comment on the character and qualifications of the nominees before Chief Justice Ronald Moon makes a selection should mail, fax or deliver written comments to: Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon, Supreme Court of Hawaii, 417 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96813. The fax number is 539-4703.

The deadline to comment on nominees for Nakea’s vacancy is Jan. 31. The deadline to comment on nominees for Shigezawa’s seat is Feb. 6.

13 skydivers fined in fatal plane crash

The Federal Aviation Administration is imposing $1,100 fines on 13 skydivers who jumped from a plane before it crashed off Oahu’s North Shore in 1999.

Pilot Shawn Gloyer, 48, died in the crash of the twin-engine Beechcraft B-90 operated by the Pacific International Skydiving Center. His body was never found.

Investigators believe Gloyer suffered oxygen deprivation after accepting extra money from two of the skydivers to fly too high, television station KHON reported Thursday.

FAA Western regional counsel Olivia Valentine has told the skydivers they exited the plane at 20,000 feet and after sunset, both violations.

One skydiver, Mike Salmons, has hired attorney Christopher Ferrara to fight the fine.

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