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Kealoha trial begins

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    Former Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha, second from right, and his former deputy city prosecutor wife Katherine Kealoha, right, walk into federal court in Honolulu on Wednesday. A trial for what has been described as the biggest corruption case in Hawaii history began Wednesday for the couple, who are accused of conspiring to frame Katherine Kealoha’s uncle for a crime he did not commit. The Kealoha’s were indicted on charges including conspiracy and obstruction. Federal authorities began investigating the two in 2015 and both stepped down from their jobs as the probe deepened.

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    Former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, rear, and his wife, former Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, walked to federal court Wednesday, the first day of their conspiracy trial.

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    Retired Honolulu Police Department Maj. Gordon Shiraishi, above, walked to federal court Wednesday, the first day of the Kealoha conspiracy trial.

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    Honolulu Police Department Lt. Derek Wayne Hahn walked to federal court Wednesday, the first day of the Kealoha conspiracy trial.

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    Honolulu Police Department officer Minh-Hung “Bobby” Nguyen walked to federal court Wednesday, the first day of the Kealoha conspiracy trial.

The first Hawaii trial in decades involving accusations of corruption by high-ranking public officials began Wednesday with retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his former deputy prosecutor wife Katherine Kealoha hoping to convince the jury they did not fake the theft of their mailbox as part of a family fight over money. Read more

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