HONOLULU, Hawaii – The nomination of Circuit Judge Michael Wilson to the Hawaii Supreme Court is going to get another hearing this weekend, as concerns over Wilson’s professional conduct towards women is being called into question.
The Hawaii State Bar Association has already given Wilson a rating of “unqualified”. Now, the State Senate Women’s Caucus is raising the issue.
Big Island senator Malama Solomon spoke on the floor of the senate on Thursday. “I didnt create this situation, Madam President, it is what it is,” said Solomon. “You know, females do feel intimidated. They feel as if they are not treated as equals. If we were, Madam President, we’d have equal pay for equal work. Thats the bottom line for this argument.”
The state Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee will take up the matter again this weekend. Senator Clayton Hee chairs the committee.
“This gives everybody the opportunity,” Hee said on the floor, “including Gregory Markham the president of the Bar, to come forward with names, to come forward with people. Absent of that, it would be very difficult to change – in my opinion – the will of the committee at this time.”