While the public’s attention has been largely focused on the looming public corruption trial of Katherine and Louis Kealoha plus a couple of former Honolulu cops, a side skirmish has been playing out involving former HPD Sgt. Albert Lee.
In a case that’s been turned over to Kauai County for prosecution, Lee is accused of smashing his car into an electric vault in Hawaii Kai while drunk. Police found him asleep in the passenger seat and he says he doesn’t know who was driving.
Katherine Kealoha doesn’t want her personnel file made public.
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In a nutshell, Lee says he is being wrongly prosecuted in a coverup of Kealoha’s effort to save Miske from more legal trouble created when Lee had him arrested for dodging an officer who tried to give him a ticket.
Lee’s attorney, Megan Kau, had to go court to get Kealoha’s personnel file from the Honolulu prosecutor’s office even though personnel files are subject to release under Hawaii’s public records law.
It looks like Judge Edward Kubo also was scratching his head over the city prosecutor’s recent attempts to keep the personnel file under wraps. Check out Hawaii News Now’s coverage of the fight in Circuit Court and the judge’s ruling that it must be handed over.
UPDATE: The prosecutor’s office has since released the file to the judge.
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