Attorneys for the Kealohas want out; couple can't afford them
The attorneys for former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine Kealoha are asking to be removed from the case in which the couple faces charges of conspiracy, bank fraud and obstruction.
HONOLULU - The attorneys for former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine Kealoha are asking to be removed from the case in which the couple faces charges of conspiracy, bank fraud and obstruction.
Attorney Kevin Sumida, filed a motion late Tuesday in U.S. District court asking that he, Myles Breiner and Gary Modafferi be replaced.
The motion claims the Kealohas can no longer fund a defense because their assets have been frozen by the federal government, and the terms of their bond prohibit them from applying for a loan.
According to Sumida, the government claims the case involves 250,000 pages of evidence and 500 witness, and that the trial could last nearly four months.
The attorneys are also requesting that lawyers from outside of Hawaii be appointed by a federal panel to represent the couple in the case.
"The case is of such magnitude and complexity that there are no other attorneys locally who are both qualified and not suffering from potential conflicts of interests," Sumida said in the motion.
The Kealohas are accused, among other things, of conspiracy to frame a family member for the theft of their mailbox in an attempt to undermine him in a legal dispute over money. Several Honolulu police officers have also been charged in the alleged frame up.
The Kealohas are expected in District Court Wednesday for a hearing on the motion.