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Posted: Thursday, March 6th, 2014 1:20 PM HST

Bar group: Hawaii high court pick 'unqualified'

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The Hawaii State Bar Association is calling the governor's state Supreme Court nominee "unqualified."

The bar association has informed the state Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee of its rating of Circuit Court Judge Michael Wilson.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie last month announced he is appointing the former chairman of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources to be an associate justice on the state's high court.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the bar association hasn't explained why Wilson is considered unqualified for the job.

Abercrombie says he's confident in Wilson's experience and leadership.

Judiciary and Labor Committee Chairman Sen. Clayton Hee says he doesn't see the rating as a "fatal blow" to his confirmation.

A confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thursday before Hee's committee.

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