Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wildman withdraws over “unresolved situation”– didn’t pay Payroll Taxes
By News Release @ 11:43 AM :: 6746 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Judiciary

Wildman’s Firm didn’t pay Payroll Taxes 

Maui News: Wildman's former Honolulu law firm, Sibilla & Wildman, has two federal tax liens for unpaid payroll taxes, filed in 2006, and totaling $144,000.

He told The Maui News last week that Sibilla & Wildman, though no longer active as a law firm, continued to exist for the clearance of debts and was "on a payment plan."  (Wildman is like former tax cheat Gary Hooser.)

He did not say how much the firm owes, or if it has other debts.

Wildman said he began commuting to Maui to work as a lawyer in 2004, then moved to the island in 2005 to work full time at the firm of Takitani and Agaran. His main field is personal injury law.

He declined to comment further, citing his confirmation hearing at the state Senate, which was then pending. Wildman's statements came several days before he withdrew as a judicial nominee.

Donalyn Dela Cruz, Abercrombie's spokeswoman, was asked whether the governor's office did its own background check on the nominee. She said it relied on the Judicial Selection Committee, which by statute forwards five names considered to be qualified to the governor for his appointment. The committee chairman said the panel was prohibited from discussing anything about its operation, and Abercrombie has declined to reveal the list of nominees.

In this, he has departed from the practice of earlier governors.

Jim Loomis, (a leftist ideologue) who until he retired to Maui owned a Honolulu advertising agency that was retained by Abercrombie for most of his campaigns, said he had gotten to know Wildman through the work on the campaigns.

"Joe worked as a staffer in Neil's office when he was in the (state) Legislature," Loomis said Thursday, and through observation, he knows they hold "the highest respect for each other."

read more

  *   *   *   *   *


News Release from www.Hawaii.gov/gov

Honolulu – Joe Wildman today asked Governor Neil Abercrombie to withdraw his nomination for Judge of the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit.

“I’m grateful for Governor Abercrombie giving me the opportunity to serve,” Mr. Wildman said. “However, because of an unresolved situation with my law firm, I have decided to withdraw my nomination to prevent any distraction for the Abercrombie Administration and disruption for my family.”

Governor Abercrombie accepted Mr. Wildman’s request and will make a new appointment for Circuit Court judge shortly.

“I’m sorry that Joe won’t be serving the people of Hawai'i as Judge of the Circuit Court,” Governor Abercrombie said. “There are other very qualified individuals recommended by the Judicial Selection Commission, and I will be making a selection soon.”

Circuit Court judges are appointed to 10-year terms by the Governor from a list of not less than four and not more than six nominees provided by the Judicial Selection Commission.



TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute


Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii


Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii


National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii


Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii