Prosecutors prevail in bid to have Katherine Kealoha detained after conviction

Louis and Katherine Kealoha walk into the federal courthouse on Wednesday. (Image: Hawaii News...
Louis and Katherine Kealoha walk into the federal courthouse on Wednesday. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Published: Jun. 28, 2019 at 11:19 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Katherine Kealoha is now behind bars.

A judge made the decision Friday morning, a day after the former deputy city prosecutor was found guilty in one of the biggest public corruption cases in Hawaii history.

The government petitioned the court to have Kealoha jailed as she awaits sentencing in October and two potential upcoming federal trials.

“For over a decade, Katherine Kealoha has repeatedly flaunted the law, leaving countless victims in her wake," the government wrote, in a brief to the court.

“She cannot now — as she must — establish by ‘clear and convincing’ evidence that she is not likely to flee or pose a danger to the safety of any other person or the community.”

Prosecutors also said that Kealoha already has a history of tampering with witnesses, is facing additional serious charges in two upcoming federal trials and is a serious flight risk.

“Katherine Kealoha carries the heavy burden of establishing by clear and convincing evidence that she should not be detained," prosecutors wrote, in the brief.

"Given the serious crimes she committed in this matter and her lengthy history of obstructing justice, the court should order her detention,” the government wrote.

Kealoha, along with her husband and two police officers, were found guilty Thursday of a conspiracy to frame her uncle with a crime in a bid to discredit him amid a family dispute over money she stole.

Despite the multiple convictions, the government only moved to remand Katherine Kealoha, pointing to her role in the conspiracy, the scope of her crimes, and her “lengthy history of obstructing justice.”

Kealoha left the courtroom after the verdict Thursday without making any public statements.

This story will be updated.

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