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Former HPD Chief Louis Kealoha and Katherine Kealoha held hands while leaving District Court after a jury deliberated. Both were found guilty.
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The resolution did not address legal fees for two other firms that were hired to defend Chuck Totto and Letha DeCaires, former ethics commission employees who were also named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed by former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, his prosecutor wife, Katherine and their daughter Kristina while the couple was under federal investigation – a legal move one local attorney called “extremely bizarre.” They alleged they were unfairly targeted by ethics investigations.
The Kealohas characterized the commission’s probes as “unfounded, vindictive, unsubstantiated and illegal.”
“Given the level of destruction and terror caused by these flagrantly irresponsible individuals, the negative repercussions of their actions will be evident for some time,” the couple said in their complaint.
Katherine Kealoha is currently behind bars at the Federal Detention Center awaiting a sentencing hearing in October. Her husband is free on bond until his own October sentencing.
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