Robert G. Klein

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Robert G. Klein
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CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • Punahou School
  • Stanford University
  • University of Oregon Law School
OccupationFormer Justice

Robert G. Klein (born ca. 1948) is a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii from March 31, 1992 to February 4, 2000. He left office 8 years into his 10 year term to join a private firm. He is part Hawaiian.[1] He graduated from Punahou School in 1965. He graduated from Stanford University and the University of Oregon Law School. In 1972 when he was appointed law clerk for Chief Justice William Richardso U.S. President Bill Clinton appointed him to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1994, but he withdrew his name after failing to be confirmed by the Republican Party controlled U.S. Senate. He and the other four justices serving when he retired were all appointed by former governor John Waihee.Katherine Leonard clerked for him.[2] Klein refused a request to testify on a panel about criminal justice and sentencing reform from a prosecutor who had testified against pay raises for judges.[3] Klein reefused to order Hawaii's attorney general to release its investigatory records of an alleged art forgery ring that was dropped. The art center was later raided by federal and city officers.[4]


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  3. Ryan, Jason (4 November 2014). Hell-Bent: One Man's Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob. ISBN 9781493016297.
  4. "Confirmation Hearings on Federal Appointments: Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundredth Congress, First [-second] Session, on Confirmation of Appointments to the Federal Judiciary and the Department of Justice". 1989.

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