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A Honolulu businessman once charged with operating an illegal gambling operation is seeking to remove Keith Kaneshiro, the Honolulu prosecutor.
The City Council cut funding for the facility, a favored project of the Honolulu prosecutor, and now it faces allegations of civil rights abuses from residents.
The Honolulu prosecutor, who is on paid leave after receiving a target letter in a federal criminal investigation, tried to get the case thrown out on procedural grounds.
UPDATED: Keith Kaneshiro is a target in a wide-ranging corruption investigation. His removal was sought by the state attorney general.
Defense attorneys want authorities to expand their review of Katherine Kealoha’s involvement to other cases.
State Attorney General Clare Connors contends the Honolulu prosecuting attorney should be temporarily removed from office because of his potential entanglement in a federal corruption case.
UPDATED: Keith Kaneshiro is under scrutiny as part of a years-long federal investigation into alleged corruption involving the police and prosecutors.
A judge puts the case on hold to give the City Council time to decide if taxpayers must provide the prosecuting attorney with a lawyer.
UPDATED: Mayor’s office is “seriously considering” Susan Ballard’s request that the prosecuting attorney be excluded from public safety meetings because of reports he’s under investigation.
No public official enjoys more discretionary sway, but in this case it’s not being used for the public good.
A total of 864 signatures were submitted, and at least 500 must be verified before the process can move forward.
Keith Kaneshiro said Monday he had no plans to step aside after reportedly receiving a target letter from federal investigators.