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Justice Moon: Cut Judiciary funds and we will go back to deciding what is right and wrong in accordance with the law
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"Kona is fortunate to have a leader and jurist like (Hokulia) Judge Ibarra who is completely dedicated to the mission of this judiciary -- Ibarra has served in every position possible within the judiciary," (Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice) Moon said.   (So Hokulia is a model for the judiciary's "mission"...)

Ibarra's reappointment to the bench comes as the state faces a $650 million budget deficit and cuts statewide.

A decrease in the Hawaii State Judiciary's budget could result in a narrowing of services and a return to the Judiciary's original mission: To decide what is right and wrong in accordance with the law, Moon said.  (Read that again very slowly.)

"If the budget creates a problem where we cannot function, perhaps we may go back to the original mission," said Moon. "We suggested that we receive enough money and funding for our various programs. ... I haven't seen what specific cuts there may be. ... I cannot predict what will specifically happen, but I hope we won't have to close any sectors (of the judiciary)."

Moon couldn't say how much the budget may be cut or how it will impact certain sectors of the judiciary because the budget is awaiting approval from the state Legislature. However, he did say "our services will not be as complete as expected."

"The budget is creating concerns for us," Moon said. " We are very concerned that our mission may be narrowed. ... We are going to keep as many programs as possible and will keep serving people at the highest level possible."

(TRANSLATION: Cut our funds and we will no longer come up with bogus excuses to stop the Superferry or block sale of ceded lands.)

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