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The Hawaii Supreme Court granted the former deputy prosecutor’s request to step down as she awaits sentencing.
In a series of sentencing memos filed Friday, prosecutors are seeking the harshest sentences for the Kealohas and their co-conspirators.
Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard and the city’s top civil attorney have submitted letters to a federal judge that could be used to increase the sentences for Louis and Katherine Kealoha.
She was a key witness against her granddaughter and former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha during their recent public corruption trial.
Tenari Maafala left the Honolulu Police Department in 2018 after he was moved to another assignment by the new police chief.
Sefo Fatai, an auto mechanic, spent nearly three years in jail awaiting trial. He was never convicted.
As the police corruption investigation continues with a focus on other city agencies, leaders and voters must take steps to guard against similar problems.
The city will likely take its former police chief to court.
Earle Partington says he’ll still be around to help her with any future issues once she’s been sentenced.
The court-appointed attorney for Katherine Kealoha received the largest chunk of the fees.
Accused drug dealer Tiffany Masunaga wants charges against her dropped because Katherine Kealoha admitted manipulating the case.