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The Kealoha Corruption Case Cost These Two Investigators More Than Their Jobs

The Kealoha Corruption Case Cost These Two Investigators More Than Their Jobs

Former Honolulu Ethics Commission investigators Chuck Totto and Letha DeCaires speak out about the politics and questionable practices they say clouded one of the most important cases of their careers.

Next Kealoha Trials May Get Pushed Back As New Attorney Gets Up To Speed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Next Kealoha Trials May Get Pushed Back As New Attorney Gets Up To Speed

Katherine Kealoha’s attorney wants to delay a bank fraud until next year. That could also set back her drug trafficking trial, too. 

Defiant Ethics Commission Defends Decisions On Kealohas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Defiant Ethics Commission Defends Decisions On Kealohas

The chair of the Honolulu Ethics Commission pushes back on criticism that the commission short-circuited a probe of the former police chief, his wife and other cops.

Ethics Commission Set To Examine Its Role In Kealoha Corruption Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ethics Commission Set To Examine Its Role In Kealoha Corruption Case

The oversight board stopped its former executive director and investigator from pursuing ethics investigations into the city police chief and his prosecutor wife.

Gabbard Lags Behind Presidential Race Frontrunners In Fundraising Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Lags Behind Presidential Race Frontrunners In Fundraising

The Hawaii congresswoman raised less money in the second quarter of 2019 than she did in the first part of the year.

Katherine Kealoha Gets New Attorney For Fraud And Drug Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Katherine Kealoha Gets New Attorney For Fraud And Drug Cases

Her previous lawyer withdrew from the case due to unspecified ethical concerns and a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.

Katherine Kealoha Loses One Attorney While A Second Seeks A Retrial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Katherine Kealoha Loses One Attorney While A Second Seeks A Retrial

The former city prosecutor’s publicly funded defense lawyer was allowed to withdraw from the case on the same day her privately paid attorney made new claims.

Schatz, Hirono Boast Diverse Staffs In US Senate Courtesy of Sen. Mazie Hirono

Schatz, Hirono Boast Diverse Staffs In US Senate

The Hawaii senators hire more Asians or Pacific Islanders and Native American, Hawaiians or Alaskans than any of their peers in the party.

Attorney Cites Ethical Concerns In Motion To Drop Katherine Kealoha As Client Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Attorney Cites Ethical Concerns In Motion To Drop Katherine Kealoha As Client

Cynthia Kagiwada says she no longer wants to represent the former city prosecutor, who was convicted and incarcerated last week but faces additional charges.

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Expect Louis Kealoha To Pay Them Back Anytime Soon Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Expect Louis Kealoha To Pay Them Back Anytime Soon

The Honolulu Police Commission gave the former chief a retirement payment of $250,000 after he was named as the target of a federal criminal investigation. 

Understanding The Verdicts In The Kealoha Conspiracy Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Understanding The Verdicts In The Kealoha Conspiracy Case

The Kealohas and two HPD officers were found guilty of conspiracy and obstruction, while a retired Honolulu police major walked. Here’s an explanation of the charges.

Katherine Kealoha Is Sent To Jail Until Sentencing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Katherine Kealoha Is Sent To Jail Until Sentencing

Updated: A federal judge revoked her bail Friday after she was found guilty of federal conspiracy and obstruction charges.