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Up to $75,000 of taxpayer money will go to defend the Honolulu prosecutor, who is on paid leave, against an impeachment effort.
With the sale of their Hawaii Kai home pending final approval, federal prosecutors have asked a judge to review whether the couple can afford their own defense counsel.
UPDATED: Keith Kaneshiro is a target in a wide-ranging corruption investigation. His removal was sought by the state attorney general.
The successful effort by Katherine Kealoha attorney to move the trial back to May was the latest in a series of attempts to delay the legal proceedings.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and City Council members need to look the public in the eye and answer questions about waste, fraud and corruption.
The defense lawyer for the former city prosecutor says in new court filings that Kealoha must seek immediate treatment.
Defense attorneys want authorities to expand their review of Katherine Kealoha’s involvement to other cases.
Newly unsealed court records show how the former city prosecutor and her attorney tried to have her declared mentally incompetent.
The U.S. Justice Department wants to present evidence of the Kealohas’ alleged financial crimes to help establish motive for the broader conspiracy case.
With a buyer in hand, the lender wants a federal judge to approve the sale.
The former city prosecutor and Dr. Rudolph Puana are accused of running an illegal opioid racket out of his medical clinic.
But they are not asking that Kealoha be jailed. Both defendants face charges of dealing opioids.