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Jurors react to mistrial in Honolulu chief's mailbox case

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Some jurors in the trial of a man accused of stealing the Honolulu police chief's mailbox say their jury duty abruptly ended just as things were getting interesting.

They say they were disappointed when it ended in a mistrial last week after Chief Louis Kealoha testified about the defendant's criminal past. Kealoha was the second witness on the trial's first day. Gerard Puana is accused of stealing the mailbox last year. He's the uncle of Kealoha's wife.

One juror says she agrees with the defense that Kealoha intentionally caused a mistrial with his comments. Another says he didn't think it was unreasonable for Kealoha to mention Puana's criminal history when asked how he could identify Puana in blurry surveillance footage.

They say they'll follow the new trial in May.

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