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EXCLUSIVE: City prosecutor called back to testify in case against police chief

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Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro isn't talking about what he's said to a federal grand jury investigating the police chief and his wife, a deputy city prosecutor.

Kaneshiro was called before the grand jury for a second time Thursday, and said because grand jury proceedings are secret he can't talk about them.

But legal experts dispute that view. They say while grand jury proceedings happen behind closed doors, witnesses can discuss what happened.

On Thursday morning, Kaneshiro walked through the front doors of the federal courthouse and briefly spoke to Hawaii News Now.

"According to the federal rules of criminal procedure and criminal case law, the existence of a grand jury investigation and witnesses that testify before the grand jury are supposed to be secret," he said. "Whatever I'm here for has to be secret."

Legal experts, though, say witnesses called to testify are allowed to discuss details.

"All the proceedings are supposed to be confidential except for witnesses," attorney William Harrison said. "Can't put a gag order on witnesses. There's no law that prohibits them from telling you what happened in the grand jury."

The federal grand jury will decide if Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, deputy Prosecutor Kathryn Kealoha, should face criminal charges for public corruption and civil rights violations.

The case all stems from a financial dispute the Kealohas had with family members.

Also seen walking into the federal courthouse on Thursday were several other police officers and former police officers as well as the special prosecutor from California assigned to the case, Michael Wheat. Wheat was later seen walking with Keith Kaneshiro just outside the federal courthouse.

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