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US Senate confirms prosecutor to be federal judge in Hawaii

August 2, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed prosecutor Jill Otake to be a federal judge in Hawaii.

U.S. senators representing Hawaii announced Otake’s confirmation Wednesday.

Former President Barack Obama nominated Clare Connors to the position in 2015, but the Senate never voted on her nomination. President Donald Trump nominated Otake in December.

Otake succeeds Susan Oki Mollway, who is now a senior judge and retired from active service in 2015.

Otake is an assistant U.S. attorney. Prior to joining the Honolulu office in 2014, she was in the Western District of Washington. Before that, she was a deputy prosecutor in King County, Washington.

The Iolani School graduate was born and raised in Hawaii. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Georgetown and her law degree from the University of Washington Law School.

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