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Florence Puana, 99, will be deposed in case she is unable to testify during the corruption trial of Katherine and Louis Kealoha.
They are accused of violating the victim’s civil rights. Four officers were initially disciplined after the January incident.
Federal prosecutors want to get the testimony of Florence Puana in a videotaped deposition before the Kealohas’ trial starts because she’s fallen ill.
Rustam Barbee says that UH law school instructor Ken Lawson has crossed a line. But Lawson says Barbee is trying to bully him into silence about the case.
Florence Puana, a key witness in both the mail box and financial fraud trials, is 99 years old and now seriously ill and hospitalized.
Details must still be worked out regarding whether Honolulu or the federal government will cover the former police chief’s legal costs.
A new cybercrime unit, better training to deal with the homeless and speeding up the hiring process are among numerous accomplishments in the first year.
The chief told the Honolulu Police Commission Wednesday the city settled the case for $550,000 for financial reasons.
But it’s unclear when the public will actually get to see the files. The police union has promised to appeal.
Meanwhile, the second scheduled trial on bank fraud charges against the couple was pushed back to October. The first trial in the corruption scandal was earlier pushed back to May.
His salary should be suspended for now and ultimately forfeited if he’s convicted in Honolulu’s widespread corruption scandal.
A 2015 drug raid highlights the many angles federal investigators are pursuing as part of a years-long corruption investigation.