Government Shutdown affects the Kealoha Case
The government shutdown is now affecting the Kealoha case.
The partial government shutdown is shutting down Katherine Kealoha's right to a fair trial.
Her federally funded lawyer, Cynthia Kagiwada, said she's not getting paid by the government meaning no money for attorneys, witnesses, paralegals, or investigators. Kagiwada filed a request to postpone the Kealoha Corruption trial that's scheduled to begin March 18th.
KITV4 reached out to Kagiwada for comment, but she did not immediately return our calls or emails.
In the court documents she filed today, Kagiwada says "No one on the defense team will be compensated for any work performed to date or in the future until after the shutdown ends." She goes on to say, "I have been attempting to secure expert witnesses and other vendors to assist with trial preparation and trial. At least one vendor has definitely stated that his company cannot provide work, with no assurances when payment will be made." She also says she can't foot the bill to cover the expenses herself.
The shutdown is now in its fourth week.
Katherine, a former Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor, and her husband, former Chief of Police Louis Kealoha, face federal trials for conspiracy and financial crimes. This corruption trial also involves current and former Honolulu police officers.
The bank fraud trial is schedule for this summer.