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FBI receives findings from lawyer in dismissed mailbox case

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HONOLULU (AP) - The attorney for a man accused of stealing Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha's mailbox before charges were dismissed has met with the FBI to discuss the police department's handling of the case.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports federal Public Defender Alexander Silvert presented his perspective Wednesday.

Allegations of police misconduct arose in the federal trial of Gerard Puana, who is the uncle of Kealoha's wife.

Kealoha's testimony led to a recent mistrial in the case because he made comments about the Puana's criminal past.

Silvert has said his investigation revealed misconduct and that Kealoha and his wife framed Puana to discredit him in a lawsuit.

Puana and his 95-year-old mother are suing Katherine Kealoha, accusing her of stealing money from them. She denies the allegations.

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