Judge dismisses petition to impeach prosecutor

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HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii judge has dismissed a petition for the impeachment of Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a circuit court judge Monday denied the petition filed by Oahu businessman Tracy Yoshimura.

The judge cited procedural issues regarding electronic signatures to meet a Honolulu provision requiring 500 registered voters to sign a petition.

Yoshimura’s attorney says he will file a new petition with hand-written signatures rather than pursue an appeal.

Kaneshiro’s attorney says his client is happy with the decision.

Yoshimura says Kaneshiro should be impeached because he is a target of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into government corruption and cases prosecuted under his authority could be compromised.

Kaneshiro has been on voluntary paid leave since March.