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Most Hawaii Campaign Spending Violators Never See Jail Time Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2018

Most Hawaii Campaign Spending Violators Never See Jail Time

Changes are coming for how those cases are handled going forward as a new law allows the commission to assess fines and refer a case to prosecutors concurrently.
Retired Maui County Wastewater Employee Pleads Guilty To Taking Bribes Blaze Lovell/Civil Beat/2022

Retired Maui County Wastewater Employee Pleads Guilty To Taking Bribes

It's not yet clear if more county officials could be charged as part of an ongoing federal investigation into bribery and public corruption.
Another Former Maui County Official Has Been Charged With Accepting Bribes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Another Former Maui County Official Has Been Charged With Accepting Bribes

It's the latest development in a public corruption scandal involving wastewater contracts in Maui County.
Former Hawaii Union Leader Convicted Of Rigging Vote, Embezzlement Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Former Hawaii Union Leader Convicted Of Rigging Vote, Embezzlement

A jury found Local 1260's former business manager and his wife guilty of all charges.
County Ethics Watchdogs Need More Money To Do The Job Right, State Panel Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

County Ethics Watchdogs Need More Money To Do The Job Right, State Panel Says

The Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct says the grants will beef up bare-bones budgets that now exist in all counties except Honolulu, which spends more on its ethics board.
Hawaii May Soon Have More Tools To Prosecute Public Corruption Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii May Soon Have More Tools To Prosecute Public Corruption

But some policy advocates opposed the new measures because of mandatory minimum prison sentences.
Police Found Guilty In Kealoha Case Fail To Overturn Convictions Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Police Found Guilty In Kealoha Case Fail To Overturn Convictions

An appeals court found no reason to reverse the ex-officers' convictions or sentences.
Hawaii Standards Commission Moves To Tighten Ethics Rules For Lawmakers And Lobbyists Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Standards Commission Moves To Tighten Ethics Rules For Lawmakers And Lobbyists

New proposals regarding government ethics and conflicts of interest will be taken up by the Legislature in the wake of corruption scandals involving former lawmakers.