Kealoha's bank fraud trial date moved to June
The start date for the bank fraud trial involving former deputy prosecutor, Katherine Kealoha, and her husband, former Honolulu Chief of Police, Louis Kealoha, moved to June.
HONOLULU - The Kealoha's bank fraud and corruption trials were originally separated by months, but will now run back-to-back and switch order.
First in March, a jury will hear the corruption case over an alleged mailbox theft and its coverup involving Louis and Katherine Kealoha, and four Honolulu Police officers. Then in June the Kealohas will be back in federal court for bank fraud over the alleged mishandling of money for minors under Katherine Kealoha's care.
University of Hawaii Law Professor Kenneth Lawson has followed the story of Louis and Katherine Kealoha from the beginning. He's not involved in the upcoming trials but KITV4 asked if there's any significance in switching them.
"Depends on what the prosecutions looking for," Lawson said.
He says if the bank fraud trial was first the prosecution's case against the two main defendants: the former deputy prosecutor and the former chief of police could get stronger and possibly hurt the four other officers.
"When the jury gets so mad at them for taking all this money from these minors and you know having parties, buying nice cars, big house, you know what I mean? To where they get so angry at them that they convict my client," Lawson said.
If the defendants are convicted in the corruption trial. Lawson says maybe the attorneys will strike a deal.
"It depends on what's being offered," Lawson said.
Deals like x amount of years in jail in exchange for not appealing the court's ruling. Again, these are all hypothetical.
Lawson also talked about delaying the bank fraud trial. He says that's a tactic often used sometimes to distract the public or make them lose interest. But he thinks once these trials actually begin the public's interest will be peaked.