The Attorney General takes questions regarding the filing of a petition for extraordinary writ that was transmitted today to the Hawaii Supreme Court. The petition requests the immediate suspension of Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.
Attorney General Clare E. Connors today filed a petition with the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court seeking to suspend Keith Kaneshiro from practicing law as the Honolulu Prosecutor.
“Mr. Kaneshiro’s purported status as the target of a federal criminal investigation creates a conflict of interest prohibited under the rules of professional conduct,” said Attorney General Connors. “His refusal to address the conflict by taking leave of his public office has necessitated the filing of this petition.”
Attorney General Connors has asked the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court to suspend Mr. Kaneshiro until the conflict of interest is resolved and the appearance of impropriety no longer exists.