Samuel King

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Samuel King
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
Title:   Former Federal Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   Richard M. Nixon
Active:   6/28/1972 - 11/30/1984
Chief:   1974 - 1984
Senior:   11/30/1984 - 12/7/2010
Preceded by:   Cyrus Tavares
Succeeded by:   David Alan Ezra
Personal History
Born:   April 13, 1916
Hometown:   Hankow, China
Deceased:   December 7, 2010
Undergraduate:   Yale U., B.S., 1937
Law School:   Yale Law School, LL.B., 1940
Military service:   U.S. Navy, 1942 - 1946; Naval Reserve 1946 - 1967

Samuel King (April 13, 1916-December 7, 2010) was an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. He joined the court in 1972 after being nominated by President Richard Nixon. He was serving on senior status until his death on December 7, 2010 at the age of 94.[1]

Early life and education

Born in China turned American Citizen, King graduated from Yale University with his bachelor's degree in 1937 and later graduated from the Yale Law School with his Law degree in 1940. King also served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1946 on active duty and served 21 years in reserve duty from 1946 to 1967.[2]

Professional career

King was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Hawaii from 1941 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1961. Also, King served as a private practice attorney licensed in Washington, DC in 1942. King later became a District magistrate, City of Honolulu and Honolulu County from 1956 to 1961. King later became a Judge for the First Circuit Court of Hawaii from 1961 to 1970 and for the Family Court of Hawaii from 1966 to 1970. King spent the last two years of his pre-judicial career resuming his private practice work from 1970 to 1972.[2]

Judicial career

District of Hawaii

King was nominated by President Richard Nixon on May 22, 1972 to a seat vacated by Cyrus Tavares as Tavares assumed senior status. King was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 28, 1972 on a senate vote and received commission on June 28, 1972. King served as the chief judge of the court from 1974 to 1984 before later assuming senior status on November 30, 1984.[2] King was succeeded in this position by David Alan Ezra.

Notable cases

Honolulu Advertiser Case

Judge King heard arguments on July 28, 2009, in a case in which a former employee of The Honolulu Advertiser alleged discrimination.[3]

Pati Poblete, a former editorial page writer for the Hawaii newspaper, sued the paper claiming that she was transferred into a lesser role because of her race.

Judge King did not issued a ruling.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Cyrus Tavares
District of Hawaii
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
David Alan Ezra

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