2nd Circuit ‘Judges Wall’ adds photos of retirees

Retired 2nd Circuit Judges Richard Komo, E. John McConnell, Boyd Mossman and Shackley Raffetto were in attendance as their portraits were added to a “Judges Wall” during a dedication ceremony Nov. 5 at Hoapili Hale in Wailuku.

The wall includes 20 portraits of former 2nd Circuit judges. The earliest is an 1854 photo of Magistrate P. Nahaolehua, who served when Hawaii was a kingdom.

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald presided at the dedication, which was attended by current 2nd Circuit judges including Chief Judge Joseph Cardoza.

The four retired judges served as administrative or chief judge, which is the head judge for the circuit, during their tenures.

Komo was a Maui County attorney before serving as a full-time judge from 1967 to 1993. His law clerks included current 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen.

McConnell presided over some of Maui’s most notorious murder cases as well as major civil cases from 1984 to 1998, when he retired to start a practice in dispute resolution and mediation. Before being appointed to the bench, he had been chairman of the Labor and Industrial Relations Appeal Board. He also worked in private practice and as a deputy attorney general and deputy director of the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Mossman, a former Maui County head prosecutor, was administrative judge for nine years during his tenure on the bench from 1983 to 1998. He created a sign-holding program offered to some defendants as an alternative to jail, writing the crime-related slogans on signs that defendants held along Maui roadways.

After retiring, Mossman was elected to the Maui trustee seat of the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs. He resigned from the seat in November 2011 to take a three-year position as president of the Kona Hawai’i Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Raffetto, who had been in private practice when he was appointed in 1994, worked to start the Maui Drug Court program before he retired in 2012. He headed a Judiciary jury committee that proposed innovations, including allowing jurors to submit written questions for witnesses in trials. Raffetto opened his courtroom to lawyers and judges from other countries who came to Maui to observe firsthand the U.S. judicial system. He also traveled to China last year to preside over the first mock U.S. jury trial held at a law school in Beijing.

Raffetto was appointed 2nd Circuit administrative judge in 2000 and chief judge in 2009, when the name of position changed.