Judge denies motion to delay Kealoha trial due to government shutdown

Judge denies motion to delay Kealoha trial due to government shutdown
Ex-Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, walk into the federal courthouse. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A judge has denied a motion to delay Katherine Kealoha’s trial due to the ongoing federal government shutdown.

A lawyer for the former high-ranking deputy city prosecutor argued the shutdown would impact Kealoha’s right to a fair trail.

The lawyer said Kealoha’s defense team won’t be paid for work until after the shutdown ends, and says funding issues would affect the defense team’s ability to bring in experts and witnesses.

But the judge said Friday he doesn’t believe the shutdown is an issue at this time and said it’s not unusual for lawyers to have a lag in pay.

Kealoha and her husband, ex-Police Chief Louis Kealoha, are facing two separate trials — one for alleged financial crimes and the second for charges linked to public corruption.

The first trial is set to begin jury selection in March.

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