The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has endorsed Keith Kaneshiro in his bid for re-election.
In the Saturday, October 20th edition, the newspaper commended Keith for his dedication to public safety and some of the programs he has undertaken, such as the Honolulu Family Justice Center and the Hawaii International Drug Trafficking Summit.
This validates Keith’s belief that a truly effective prosecutor must do more than take cases to trial. The prosecutor needs to be a champion of victims’ rights and the voice of the community in matters of public safety.
“Since returning to his present job two years ago, Kaneshiro has made the office a key player in law enforcement public policy. For his longterm effective dedication to public safety and criminal prosecution, he should be retained.”
~Star Advertiser Endorsement of Keith Kaneshiro~
In this regard, the paper has criticized Keith on more than one occasion, most notably during hearings on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. But in its endorsement, the Star-Advertiser acknowledges that Keith’s opposition to a portion of JRI that called for the release of inmates without first hiring more parole officers and establishing support programs is “understandable from his perspective.”
The newspaper concludes: “Aggression within the judicial system is to be expected of the prosecutor’s office, and Kaneshiro undoubtedly is energetic in fulfilling that obligation for the public’s safety.”
Please read the entire article, “Kaneshiro should stay as prosecutor”.