US prosecutors want 1 Honolulu police corruption trial

HONOLULU — U.S. prosecutors want one trial for a corruption case against former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, his deputy prosecutor wife and current and former officers.

Prosecutors filed a response Tuesday to various motions by the defendants asking for separate trials. Prosecutors say four trials would bog down the court’s schedule, require recruiting multiple juries and force witnesses to testify repeatedly about the same facts.

The Kealohas want one trial for allegations they framed a relative for a mailbox theft and another trial for bank fraud allegations. Other co-defendants have asked for trials separate from the Kealohas.

A hearing on the issue is scheduled for April 10.

Prosecutors say the Kealohas’ scheme involved taking money from children, banks, an uncle and Katherine Kealoha’s 92-year-old grandmother to fund their lavish lifestyle.

  1. harry oyama March 28, 2018 3:36 pm Reply

    What, criminals want separate trials when they were all involved in the same crimes? They were in the same pig pen and should be judged by the very actions, you don’t have separate trials for gang rape, throw them altogether since they have a common connection to these crimes.

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