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Judge criticizes prosecutors in gambling case

Judge criticizes prosecutors in gambling case Judge criticizes prosecutors in gambling case
HONOLULU (AP) - A state judge has criticized Honolulu prosecutors handling of a gambling case involving game rooms.

Judge Randal Lee last month tossed out the indictment against the nine defendants, while allowing prosecutors the opportunity to refile charges in the future. However, he disqualified Deputy Prosecutors Katherine Kealoha and Jacob Delaplane from perusing the case again.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that in doing so, the judge cited discrepancies in the case that he says wouldn't be expected from attorneys with substantial experience in grand jury indictments.

City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro says Lee is taking "minor stuff and blowing it out of proportion."

The indictment involved 414 gambling counts and nearly 80 seized machines. It was reportedly the largest criminal indictment in Hawaii history.

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