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Judge: Officer in Kealoha Civil Case Entitled to City-Funded Attorney Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: Officer in Kealoha Civil Case Entitled to City-Funded Attorney

The court ruled the city must pay for the defense of HPD officer Ming-Hung Nguyen because he was sued for actions “done in performance of duty.”

Katherine Kealoha’s Boyfriend Charged With Lying About Their Affair Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Katherine Kealoha’s Boyfriend Charged With Lying About Their Affair

New court documents say the wife of the former Honolulu police chief and her lover worked together to hide their relationship from federal investigators.

Ige: Hawaii Not Ready For Police Standards Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: Hawaii Not Ready For Police Standards Board

A bill to create the board passed unanimously, but if the governor follows through on his intent-to-veto list, Hawaii will remain the only state without one.

Here’s A New Twist In The Honolulu Corruption Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s A New Twist In The Honolulu Corruption Case

Recently unsealed court documents point to a questionable link between a suspect in a drug case and the Honolulu prosecutor’s office.

New Indictment Against Kealohas Focuses on Bank Fraud, Identify Theft Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Indictment Against Kealohas Focuses on Bank Fraud, Identify Theft

Defense attorneys had wrongly hoped federal prosecutors were dropping conspiracy charges involving an alleged mailbox theft.

Mayor Won’t Get Power To Hire Or Fire Honolulu Police Chief Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Mayor Won’t Get Power To Hire Or Fire Honolulu Police Chief

Councilman Ikaika Anderson pulls back his proposals to shake up how the city selects police and fire chiefs and commissions.

The Case Of A Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Is About To Go Public Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

The Case Of A Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Is About To Go Public

Darren Cachola, a former HPD sergeant, could get his job back four years after he was caught on tape beating his girlfriend inside a Honolulu restaurant.

Should The Mayor Choose Honolulu’s Police Chief? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should The Mayor Choose Honolulu’s Police Chief?

One Honolulu council member is pushing to amend the city charter to revamp how the chief and police commissioners are chosen.

Kealohas Will Face Two Trials in Federal Corruption Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas Will Face Two Trials in Federal Corruption Case

A federal judge’s ruling that the couple should receive separate trials on various charges was a legal victory for the defendants.

 

Will The Kealoha Case Be One Big Show Or Separate Trials? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will The Kealoha Case Be One Big Show Or Separate Trials?

A judge will soon decide whether to grant defendants’ wishes to split up the case or fulfill prosecutors’ desire to keep it intact.

How ‘Blind Faith’ Led To Hawaii’s Biggest Police Corruption Scandal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How ‘Blind Faith’ Led To Hawaii’s Biggest Police Corruption Scandal

Federal public defenders quickly unraveled a case about the alleged theft of a mailbox. How did  U.S. attorneys miss the clues?

Kealohas, Accused Cops Plead Not Guilty To Newest Charges Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas, Accused Cops Plead Not Guilty To Newest Charges

Federal prosecutors added three new charges in the corruption case involving the former police chief and his deputy prosecutor wife.

July 2018

Tuesday, July 17

Judge: Officer in Kealoha Civil Case Entitled to City-Funded Attorney

Monday, July 9

Katherine Kealoha’s Boyfriend Charged With Lying About Their Affair

June 2018

Monday, June 25

Ige: Hawaii Not Ready For Police Standards Board

Tuesday, June 19

Here’s A New Twist In The Honolulu Corruption Case

May 2018

Wednesday, May 30

New Indictment Against Kealohas Focuses on Bank Fraud, Identify Theft

Tuesday, May 22

Mayor Won’t Get Power To Hire Or Fire Honolulu Police Chief

The Case Of A Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Is About To Go Public

Wednesday, May 9

Should The Mayor Choose Honolulu’s Police Chief?

Thursday, May 3

Kealohas Will Face Two Trials in Federal Corruption Case

April 2018

Friday, April 27

Will The Kealoha Case Be One Big Show Or Separate Trials?

Monday, April 2

How ‘Blind Faith’ Led To Hawaii’s Biggest Police Corruption Scandal

March 2018

Thursday, March 29

Kealohas, Accused Cops Plead Not Guilty To Newest Charges

Thursday, March 22

New Charges Issued In Kealohas’ Corruption Case

Friday, March 9

Court Documents: The Kealohas Agree To Sell Their Home

Monday, March 5

Lienholder On Ex-Police Chief’s Home Wants It Sold

Friday, March 2

Ex-Honolulu Police Chief Aims To Fight Charges In 2 Trials

Lawsuit: Ex-Honolulu Police Chief, Wife Default On $1M Mortgage

February 2018

Wednesday, February 28

HPD Lieutenant Seeks Separate Trials In Police Corruption Case

Tuesday, February 27

Ex-HPD Major Wants Separate Trial In Corruption Case

Wednesday, February 21

Honolulu Police Commission Gets New Leadership

Tuesday, February 20

How Honolulu’s New Police Chief Is Shaking Up A Troubled Department

Friday, February 9

SHOPO V. Ballard: Don’t Let The Police Union Bully HPD’s New Chief

Wednesday, February 7

Hawaii Police Union Strikes Back At Chief Ballard Over Reassignments

New HPD Report Shows Just How Hard It Is To Fire A Bad Cop

January 2018

Saturday, January 27

Botched Illegal Gambling Case Prompts Lawsuit Against Prosecutors

Friday, January 19

Officers At Bar Shooting Denied City-Paid Legal Defense

Friday, January 12

Will The HPD Scandal Jump-Start Police Reform In The Legislature?

Friday, January 5

Another Guilty Plea In Federal Police Corruption Investigation

Wednesday, January 3

Woman Sues Hawaii For Hiring Ex-Cop Who Then Assaulted Her

December 2017

Thursday, December 28

Suits Against Honolulu Cops Cite ‘Culture Of Silence’ At HPD

Friday, December 22

New Police Chief Reassigns Union President To Patrol Shift

Wednesday, December 20

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Builds A New-Look Police Commission

Wednesday, December 6

Hawaii AG Won’t File Charges In Toddler Abuse Case

Tuesday, December 5

Councilman Wants A Piece Of The Action In Picking Police Commissioners

November 2017

Wednesday, November 29

Did Honolulu Police Go Too Far In The Case Of This Man’s Death?

Tuesday, November 28

New Kealoha Defense Tactic: Going After ‘Mainland Prosecutors’

Monday, November 27

Ex-Cop Sentenced For Helping Prostitute In Exchange For Sex

Thursday, November 16

Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission

Wednesday, November 15

New HPD Chief Shares Her Goals For A Department In Turmoil

Tuesday, November 14

Kealohas Get New Defense Attorneys In Federal Conspiracy Case

Thursday, November 9

Judge: Kealohas Are Too Broke To Pay For Their Own Defense

Wednesday, November 8

Judge To Kealohas: Show Me Your Finances

Neal Milner: This ‘Power Couple’ Is Not So Cool

The Case Against Katherine Kealoha Just Keeps Getting Worse

Tuesday, November 7

Kealoha Attorneys Want Out Of Corruption Case

Monday, November 6

Criminal Case Against Kealohas Puts Brakes On Uncle’s Suit

Friday, November 3

Officer Charged In Corruption Case Challenges Police Commission

Explosive Motion Calls For Ouster Of Kealoha Attorneys

What’s At The Center Of The Case Against The Kealohas? Bank Fraud

Thursday, November 2

Ian Lind: It Turns Out We Owe Chuck Totto A Big Thank-You

Wednesday, November 1

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Secret Meetings About Police Chief

Three Officers Plead Not Guilty In Honolulu Police Corruption Case

Some Of Our Best Reporting On Honolulu Police Misconduct

October 2017

Tuesday, October 31

A Look At The Business Execs Up For Seats On Honolulu Police Commission

Monday, October 30

Susan Ballard To Be Sworn In Wednesday As Honolulu Police Chief

Friday, October 27

Former HPD Police Chief Gets New Criminal Defense Attorney

Lawyers Want Review Of Cases Handled By Indicted Officials

Jim Dooley: Secrecy, Unwavering Loyalty A Recipe For Police Corruption

Here’s Our Advice For Our New Police Chief

HPD Corruption Case: Who Is Alison Lee Wong?

Wednesday, October 25

Susan Ballard Picked As New Honolulu Police Chief

Covert Honolulu Police Unit Has Long History Of Troubles

Tuesday, October 24

High Court Rejects Media Complaint About Police Commission Secrecy

The Children’s Trust Fund At The Heart Of The Kealoha Indictment

Monday, October 23

Interviews For Next Honolulu Police Chief Begin Amid Growing Scandal

Let’s Scrap The Police Chief Search And Start Over

How Far Will The Honolulu Police Corruption Investigation Spread?

Friday, October 20

A Guide To The Case Against The Kealohas

Former Honolulu Police Chief And Prosecutor Wife Arrested

Wednesday, October 18

FBI Reveals New Details About The Alleged Honolulu Police Conspiracy

Third HPD Officer Arrested As Part Of Corruption Investigation

Tuesday, October 17

Questions Surface Over Integrity Of HPD Chief Candidate

Monday, October 16

Two Honolulu Cops Face Felony Charges In Corruption Case

Sunday, October 15

FBI Arrests Two Allegedly Tied To Honolulu Police Corruption Probe

September 2017

Thursday, September 28

Honolulu Police Commission Picks Seven Finalists For Chief

Wednesday, September 27

Outspoken Honolulu Police Commissioners Just Got More Power

Wednesday, September 20

Kealoha’s Quest For City To Pay His Legal Fees Takes A Nasty Turn

Monday, September 11

News Outlets Challenge Honolulu Police Commission Secrecy

How A Police Officer’s Complaints About HPD Corruption Went Viral

Thursday, September 7

Honolulu’s Search For A New Police Chief Down To 9 Candidates

August 2017

Wednesday, August 30

Grand Jury Probe Zeroes In On ‘Safe House’ Property Deal

July 2017

Wednesday, July 26

Judge Blasts Honolulu Prosecutors Over Handling Of Theft Case

Thursday, July 20

Police Commissioners Clash Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Secret Hearings

Wednesday, July 19

Two Police Commissioners Say Secret Hearings For Cops Are Improper

Thursday, July 6

Why Taxpayers Might Have To Pay For Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Attorney

Wednesday, July 5

Honolulu Police Commission: Where’s Our Consultant?

June 2017

Friday, June 30

Judge Orders Release Of City Prosecutor’s Employment Records

Monday, June 26

Kealohas Tried to Discredit Police Commissioner In Corruption Probe

Thursday, June 22

Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Fight For Legal Fees Turns Nasty

Wednesday, June 21

Another Delay In Nationwide Search For Honolulu Police Chief

Tuesday, June 6

Katherine Kealoha Sues City To Keep Her Employment Records Secret

May 2017

Wednesday, May 17

Hubbub Over Reality TV Star Sinks HPD Chief Selection Panel

Tuesday, May 16

ACLU: 10 Questions For The Next Honolulu Police Chief

Wednesday, May 10

It Looks Like Political Insiders Will Help Pick The Next Honolulu Police Chief

Wednesday, May 3

Kealoha Threatens Police Commissioner With Ethics Complaint

Dog The Bounty Hunter’s Wife Might Help Select HPD’s Next Chief

April 2017

Thursday, April 27

Lawmakers Advance A Bill Allowing A Mainlander To Be Police Chief

Monday, April 24

Honolulu Prosecutor Could Be A Witness For The Defense

Thursday, April 13

Kauai Police Chief Says He’s Applied For Honolulu Chief Job

Monday, April 10

Should Honolulu’s New Police Chief Be An Insider Or An Outsider?

Wednesday, April 5

Honolulu Police Chief Job Attracts At Least 30 Applicants

Monday, April 3

Honolulu Police Chief Applications Are Rolling In

HPD Major Retires Amid Justice Department Corruption Probe

March 2017

Tuesday, March 28

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Still Chilly To Police Reform

Thursday, March 23

Did Honolulu Cops Issue Fake Tickets Or Did The Honolulu Prosecutor Make Up The Story?

Monday, March 6

Does The Justice Department Really Have A Case Against The Kealohas?

February 2017

Thursday, February 23

To Be A Honolulu Police Commissioner, First Be A Political Insider

Wednesday, February 8

‘Rare’ Request Seeks To Hide Criminal Case From Honolulu Prosecutor

Friday, February 3

HPD Chief Got His $250K Payout But No One Will Say Who Gave It To Him

Wednesday, February 1

HPD: We Don’t Have $250,000 To Give The Chief

January 2017

Thursday, January 26

Lawsuit: Police Commission Broke The Law With Secret Meetings

Can One Attorney Sue The Chief And Defend Him At The Same Time?

Wednesday, January 25

Will Police Reform Finally Gain Traction In The 2017 Legislature?

Tuesday, January 24

Acting HPD Chief Concerned About $250K Payment To Kealoha

Monday, January 23

Police Commission Clarifies HPD Chief’s $250K Deal

Friday, January 20

Why One Police Commissioner Wanted To Fire The Chief

Wednesday, January 18

Honolulu Police Chief Gets $250,000 In Retirement Deal

Senator: ‘Silent’ Police Commission Should Stay Quiet A Bit Longer

Friday, January 13

Honolulu Police Commission To City Council: Stay Out Of It

Tuesday, January 10

City Council Members ‘Leery’ Of HPD Chief’s Retirement Deal

Monday, January 9

HPD Chief Could Get A Lucrative Cash Payout Along With Pension

Is HPD Chief’s Departure Just The Beginning Of An ‘Ugly’ Mess?

Friday, January 6

Embattled Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha To Retire

Wednesday, January 4

Police Commission Remains Mum About HPD Chief Situation

Police Commission: HPD Chief’s Future Will Be Discussed In Secret

Tuesday, January 3

City Prosecutor Under Corruption Probe Will Run Criminal Intel Unit

The Plot Thickens In The Honolulu Police Chief Conspiracy Case

December 2016

Thursday, December 22

Was Acting HPD Chief In On The Theft Conspiracy?

Tuesday, December 20

Honolulu Police Chief Placed On Leave During Corruption Probe

Monday, December 19

Feds Say Honolulu Police Chief Is A Suspect In Corruption Case

Friday, December 16

Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty In Mailbox Conspiracy Involving Police Chief

Wednesday, December 14

New Lawsuit Filed Against Police Chief, His Wife And Other Officers

November 2016

Wednesday, November 23

Why Keith Kaneshiro Is Standing Behind Katherine Kealoha

Friday, November 4

A Rare Gift: HPD Chief Donates $500 To Prosecutor’s Campaign

October 2016

Thursday, October 20

Voters Asked To Strengthen Honolulu Police Commission

September 2016

Monday, September 26

Why Is Ron Taketa Still On The Honolulu Police Commission?

Wednesday, September 14

Feds Zeroing In On Targets In Police Chief Probe

Wednesday, September 7

New Police Commissioner Takes on Honolulu Police Chief

Tuesday, September 6

HPD Chief Kealoha Lawsuit Could Cost City $300K

August 2016

Tuesday, August 16

Attorney: Police Commission ‘Ill Equipped’ To Investigate Chief

Kealohas’ ‘Bizarre’ Legal Strategy: Filing Lawsuits And Going Public

Wednesday, August 3

Caldwell’s Inaction On Police Reform Draws Political Attacks

July 2016

Wednesday, July 13

A Peek Inside The Corruption Probe Of Honolulu’s Police Chief

June 2016

Monday, June 13

How Caldwell Has Undermined The Honolulu Ethics Commission

Friday, June 3

Caldwell Nominates ‘Breath Of Fresh Air’ For Honolulu Police Commission

May 2016

Tuesday, May 31

Why Is It So Hard To Pass Police Reform In Hawaii?

April 2016

Thursday, April 28

Under Investigation: Kealohas Speak Out, Suggest They’re Political Targets

Monday, April 11

‘A Bum Job:’ Trust In Honolulu’s Police Commission Crumbles

March 2016

Wednesday, March 23

Charter Change: How Easy Should It Be To Fire A Police Chief?

October 2015

Wednesday, October 28

Calls Grow For Reforms To Boost Police Accountability

Wednesday, October 21

Honolulu Police Commission ‘Knows Nothing’ About HPD Chief Probe

Thursday, October 15

Who’s the Special Prosecutor Investigating the Honolulu Police Chief?

Friday, October 9

Honolulu Police Chief Sues Ethics Commission to Stop Probe

May 2015

Friday, May 8

Honolulu Police Chief Under Ethics Probe Over Missing Mailbox

April 2015

Wednesday, April 15

Public Asked For Input on Embattled HPD

February 2015

Tuesday, February 24

High Marks for Honolulu Police Chief Despite Controversy

January 2015

Friday, January 23

How Can Police Regain the Public’s Trust?

Tuesday, January 20

Don’t Expect a ‘Co-Chief’ Anytime Soon at HPD

Wednesday, January 14

Attorney: Honolulu Police Chief’s Stolen Mailbox ‘An FBI Matter’

Wednesday, January 7

Senators Want Better Management of HPD, Ask For ‘Co-Chiefs’

December 2014

Friday, December 19

Caldwell Won’t Discuss the Problems of Honolulu’s Police Chief

Wednesday, December 17

Honolulu Police Commission Defers Chief Kealoha Investigation

Tuesday, December 16

FBI Asked to Probe Whether Honolulu Police Mishandled Chief’s Mailbox Theft Case

Wednesday, December 10

Will Honolulu Police Commission Hold Chief Kealoha Accountable?

Friday, December 5

Did Honolulu’s Police Chief Intentionally Cause a Mistrial?

Thursday, December 4

Mistrial Declared in Honolulu Police Chief’s Missing Mailbox Case

September 2014

Thursday, September 25

Missing Mailbox Exposes Family Friction for HPD Chief, Prosecutor Wife

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