Gov picks 6 nominees for Kauai court position
LIHUE » Gov. Linda Lingle announced yesterday the list of six nominees to fill the Kauai Circuit Court judgeship, vacated when Judge George Masuoka retired in December.
The nominees were selected by the Judicial Selection Commission. Lingle has 30 days to make a selection from the list.
The six nominees are all Kauai residents and include two former law partners, two current District Court judges, four former deputy prosecuting attorneys and a former Kauai county councilman:
» Edmund Acoba, the current supervising deputy public defender, has prior experience in the county Prosecutor's Office.
» Alfred Castillo Jr., an attorney in private practice, also was in the Prosecutor's Office, serving as first deputy.
» Joe Moss, another attorney in private practice, partnered with a number of law firms in the state and had solo practices in Honolulu and Oklahoma.
» Current District Judge Calvin Murashige was a partner in the Shiraishi Yamada & Murashige law firm and also spent time as a deputy prosecuting attorney.
» Randal Valenciano, an attorney in private practice, was also a county councilman and worked for the Prosecutor's Office and as a public defender.
» Trudy Senda is District Court judge on Kauai who fills in at Circuit Court as needed.* She was a partner with nominee Valenciano in the law offices of Valenciano & Zenger.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
» Trudy Senda is a District Court judge on Kauai who fills in at Circuit Court as needed. A Page A5 article Saturday incorrectly identified her as an acting Kauai Circuit Court judge.