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Kealoha Trial: Officers Testify Against Their Former Chief And His Wife Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial: Officers Testify Against Their Former Chief And His Wife

UPDATED: John McCarthy, now a deputy chief, said Katherine Kealoha tried to get him to investigate her uncle for financial elder abuse two days after her mailbox was reported stolen.

‘Why Us?’ Homicide Detective Wondered As He Was Assigned To Mailbox Case Dannah Mari Hidalgo

‘Why Us?’ Homicide Detective Wondered As He Was Assigned To Mailbox Case

Testifying during Day 2 of the Kealoha trial, Dru Akagi said he thought it was a “conflict” to take on a theft case in which his boss the police chief was an alleged victim.

Kealohas On Trial: Conspiracy Or Just A ‘Conspiracy Theory’? Dannah Mari Hidalgo/Courtesy KITV

Kealohas On Trial: Conspiracy Or Just A ‘Conspiracy Theory’?

Opening statements kicked off one of the largest public corruption cases in Hawaii history Wednesday, the first of what could be three trials facing the former HPD chief and his prosecutor wife.

Kealoha Trial Kicks Off With Opening Statements Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial Kicks Off With Opening Statements

Prosecutor describes “long story of abuse of position,” while a defense attorney says the “conspiracy theory” requires “leaps of faith.”

Who — Or What — Is To Blame For The Death Of Sheldon Haleck? Submitted

Who — Or What — Is To Blame For The Death Of Sheldon Haleck?

Haleck was killed in 2015 after a scuffle with Honolulu police officers. A lawsuit filed against three officers is now going to trial.

TV Reporter No Longer Sought As Witness In Corruption Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

TV Reporter No Longer Sought As Witness In Corruption Trial

Hawaii News Now reporter Lynn Kawano had said the move to call her to the stand was retaliation for her prior coverage.

Hawaii News Now: Kealohas Are Retaliating Against Our Reporter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii News Now: Kealohas Are Retaliating Against Our Reporter

Lynn Kawano of Hawaii News Now says in court records that the Kealohas are trying to stop her from covering the trial because of her investigative reports.

Hundreds Of Potential Jurors Screened On Opening Day Of Kealoha Trial Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hundreds Of Potential Jurors Screened On Opening Day Of Kealoha Trial

The prosecution and defense will now work to narrow the list of potential jurors to 12, which could take up to 10 days.

The Kealoha Trial Begins Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Kealoha Trial Begins

The theft of a mailbox, which federal prosecutors say was staged, opened the door to the largest public corruption scandal in Hawaii history.

Timeline

Federal prosecutors have laid out a series of events going back years that they say led to the charges the Kealohas and three police officers are facing.

Tulsi Gabbard: The Media Is Ignoring Me Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard: The Media Is Ignoring Me

The Hawaii congresswoman is known for refusing media interviews and dodging debates yet she now says she’s being ignored.

Hawaii Journalists Named As Witnesses In Kealoha Corruption Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Journalists Named As Witnesses In Kealoha Corruption Trial

Dozens of police officers and other former officials, including the past head of the Honolulu Ethics Commission, are set to testify as well.