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Closing arguments in one of the most highly-publicized criminal trials in Hawaii history concluded Wednesday.
Closing arguments began Tuesday in the trial of Louis and Katherine Kealoha and three Honolulu police officers.
Civil Beat reporters chat with federal public defenders about conspiracy, sentencing guidelines and more.
The Honolulu Police Department is trying some innovative ideas to fill hundreds of vacancies.
The new board wants advice from the state AG’s office before deciding whether to reveal what its concluded about officer-involved deaths.
UPDATED: Katherine Kealoha’s defense rests Wednesday without her taking the stand.
The trial took a break last week. That gave the court a chance to release some of the exhibits prosecutors have presented to the jury.
One official already pleaded guilty in May to charges related to conspiring to accept bribes in exchange for financial gain.
The defendants — most of whom are women — shared posts on social media accusing a local photographer of trying to lure pregnant women into lactation pornography.
The Honolulu prosecutor, who is on paid leave after receiving a target letter in a federal criminal investigation, tried to get the case thrown out on procedural grounds.
UPDATED: He died hours after police officers used a Taser and pepper spray on him while responding to a disorderly conduct call.