Taxpayer-funded lawyers assigned to Kealohas in corruption trial

Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 at 8:57 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Kealohas now have taxpayer funded attorneys to defend them in the public corruption scandal.

Cynthia Kagiwada will represent Katherine Kealoha in court. Louis Kealoha will be represented by Russ Barbee. The Kealohas are fighting federal charges that could result in the biggest public corruption trial in Hawaii history.

The court-appointed lawyers come at a rate of about $125 an hour.

Last week, the Kealohas told U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Michael Seabright that they could not afford to pay for their defense team.

The judge said that Louis Kealoha's HPD pension, which Hawaii News Now estimates to be at least $150,000, barely pays the bills.

Their debt includes multiple mortgages and auto payments. Kealoha also got a $250,000 pay off from the police commission earlier this year, but it's unclear how that money was used.

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