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Kealoha Trial: Officers Testify Against Their Former Chief And His Wife Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial: Officers Testify Against Their Former Chief And His Wife

UPDATED: John McCarthy, now a deputy chief, said Katherine Kealoha tried to get him to investigate her uncle for financial elder abuse two days after her mailbox was reported stolen.

‘Why Us?’ Homicide Detective Wondered As He Was Assigned To Mailbox Case Dannah Mari Hidalgo

‘Why Us?’ Homicide Detective Wondered As He Was Assigned To Mailbox Case

Testifying during Day 2 of the Kealoha trial, Dru Akagi said he thought it was a “conflict” to take on a theft case in which his boss the police chief was an alleged victim.

Kealohas On Trial: Conspiracy Or Just A ‘Conspiracy Theory’? Dannah Mari Hidalgo/Courtesy KITV

Kealohas On Trial: Conspiracy Or Just A ‘Conspiracy Theory’?

Opening statements kicked off one of the largest public corruption cases in Hawaii history Wednesday, the first of what could be three trials facing the former HPD chief and his prosecutor wife.

Kealoha Trial Kicks Off With Opening Statements Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial Kicks Off With Opening Statements

Prosecutor describes “long story of abuse of position,” while a defense attorney says the “conspiracy theory” requires “leaps of faith.”

Denby Fawcett: Mailbox Crime Didn’t Begin With The Kealoha Case Flickr.com

Denby Fawcett: Mailbox Crime Didn’t Begin With The Kealoha Case

Even those big blue Postal Service containers have been stolen occasionally. But most mail thieves grab the contents and run — they don’t take the boxes.

TV Reporter No Longer Sought As Witness In Corruption Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

TV Reporter No Longer Sought As Witness In Corruption Trial

Hawaii News Now reporter Lynn Kawano had said the move to call her to the stand was retaliation for her prior coverage.

Hawaii News Now: Kealohas Are Retaliating Against Our Reporter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii News Now: Kealohas Are Retaliating Against Our Reporter

Lynn Kawano of Hawaii News Now says in court records that the Kealohas are trying to stop her from covering the trial because of her investigative reports.

From ‘Flying Carpets’ To The Kealohas: Hawaii’s Rich History Of Scandal April Estrellon

From ‘Flying Carpets’ To The Kealohas: Hawaii’s Rich History Of Scandal

Stories of misdeeds and corruption have helped shape Hawaii’s history, going back to a royal opium scandal that contributed to efforts to overthrow the monarchy.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: How I Became A Witness In The Kealoha Corruption Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: How I Became A Witness In The Kealoha Corruption Trial

At the top of their game, Kat and Louie were one of the most recognized, and I’ll dare say, well-liked couples I knew.

The Kealoha Trial Begins Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Kealoha Trial Begins

The theft of a mailbox, which federal prosecutors say was staged, opened the door to the largest public corruption scandal in Hawaii history.

Hawaii Journalists Named As Witnesses In Kealoha Corruption Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Journalists Named As Witnesses In Kealoha Corruption Trial

Dozens of police officers and other former officials, including the past head of the Honolulu Ethics Commission, are set to testify as well.

HPD Sergeant Convicted In Corruption Scheme Will Stay On The Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Sergeant Convicted In Corruption Scheme Will Stay On The Job

There’s a limit to the number of days a police officer can go on leave without pay so the chief wants him to perform administrative duties.

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