Monday, July 1, 2019

Former Hawaii prosecutor Katherine Kealoha is called a "walking crime spree" who "lies as easily as she draws breath" following her conviction in conspiracy to frame a relative for theft over a family financial dispute

Katherine Kealoha and her husband arrive at court.

Years of experience have taught us that prosecutors, judges, and law-enforcement officials are among the most crooked, inept, and dishonest creatures on earth. The Missouri cases of Scott J. Wells, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Carol Tovich Shuler (my wife) provide ample evidence. More powerful evidence has turned up in, of all places, Hawaii.

Corrupt individuals with ties to the U.S. "justice system:" rarely are held accountable for their misdeeds. But the case of Katherine Kealoha in Honolulu is an exception to that rule. From a report last week in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald:

Two U.S. marshals led former deputy Honolulu prosecutor Katherine Kealoha out of a courtroom Friday when a U.S. judge ordered her detained after a jury found her guilty of conspiracy and he expressed concern that she could try to obstruct justice before being sentenced.

Kealoha left her purse with her defense attorney as the marshals approached to take her into custody after the bail hearing.

She “lies as easily as she draws breath” and will do anything to avoid consequences, prosecutors said in court documents seeking her detention.

“This defendant is a walking crime spree,” Michael Wheat, a special federal prosecutor, told the judge in court, saying she holds sway with police and has tampered with grand jury witnesses in the past.

What did Kealoha do? A jury convicted her and her husband, former police chief Louis Kealoha, of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a plot to frame Katherine Kealoha’s uncle Gerard Puana for the theft of a mailbox to discredit him in a family financial dispute. Two police officers also were convicted for their roles in the scheme:

Prosecutors said during the trial that the Kealohas were afraid the uncle would reveal fraud that enriched the couple’s lavish life. Maintaining their power and prestige was a motive for the framing, prosecutors said.

Katherine Kealoha will remain in federal custody until two additional corruption cases against her are  resolved. From HawaiiNewsNow:

A federal judge called Katherine Kealoha a “corrupting influence” Friday before ordering that she be detained pending her sentencing in October and two upcoming federal trials. The decision came a day after she was found guilty in one of Hawaii’s biggest public corruption trials.

In the court hearing, Judge Michael Seabright said Kealoha has shown she’s willing to tamper with witnesses in an effort to hide her schemes.

Trying to obstruct justice, he said, is Kealoha’s “bread and butter.”

Following the judge’s order, U.S. Marshals flanked Kealoha, who did not show any emotion as she was escorted out of the courtroom.

She’ll be held at the Honolulu federal detention center, where initially she’ll be placed in isolation ― standard procedure given that she’s a former law enforcement official.

Kealoha should eventually have plenty of her law-enforcement brethren providing company behind bars, and I know where investigators could start -- right here in Southwest Missouri, with a trip to the state capital (Jefferson City), and an extended stay in Alabama. Kealoha hardly is a "lone wolf."


Anonymous said...

You would think living in paradise would take away your desire to screw over other people. Guess not.

Anonymous said...

Our society essentially writes a blank check for prosecutors to do whatever they want, with little or no scrutiny, and they obviously can't handle that responsibility.

Anonymous said...

Framing someone for a crime is one of most sinister things you can do to another. I hope this witch gets about 40-50 years.

Anonymous said...

No telling how many innocent people are in prison because of prosecutors like this. May this woman rot in hell.

Anonymous said...

Big questions: How many assistant prosecutors on her staff knew this woman was framing people and said nothing because it might be bad for their careers. Others in her office had to know this was going on.

Anonymous said...

Jeez, I thought only men could be this evil. Nice to know women are catching up with us in the evilness game.

Anonymous said...

Thankful the victim here was a relative. Imagine how badly he would have been treated if he hadn't been family.

Anonymous said...

LS: Please keep us posted on how the other two cases turn out against this woman. I'm guessing she will go with guilty pleas this time.

e.a.f. said...

At least Hawaii is dealing with the criminality. Many states don't. and neither does the federal government, just look at the criminal in chief, trump.

The Washington Post has an interesting article up regarding Alabama. Lists a lot of its "sins" in one nice article.

a 40to 50 year sentence is simply revenge and does nothing for anyone, including the victims. its one of the problems the U.S.A. has, over sentencing. these sentences of 35 years and then another 35 years on top of that is simply ridiculous. It does NOT reduce the crime rate.

A 10 year sentence is more than adequate in this case, and out in 7, would be fine. In Canada the majority of criminals are released after they have served 2/3 of their sentence, if there aren't a lot of problems or weirdness. The last 1/3 is served in the community. It enables the system to keep track of them and provide services as required along with monitoring. if there are over the top violations, its back to prison. We have a lower crime rate than the U.S.A. so we must be doing something right.

The cost involved with sending anyone they can to prison is enormous. If they simply gave most "prisoners' even half the money and let them out of jail, the living conditions in the U.S.A would improve substantially.

The bail system in the U.S.A. is simply ridiculous. Makes a lot of money for a lot of people but it does nothing to improve society or help people. Most people can be released on their own.

Canada is celebrating 1 July! Happy Canada Day!

legalschnauzer said...

e.a.f. --

Thanks for your comment and for noting the WaPo article re: Alabama. I saw an online notice about the WaPo article, but as a non-subscriber, I can't read it. Could you cut-and-paste and send it to me in an email? Not sure if that's possible for you, but if it is, I sure would appreciate it. As someone who has lived through many of Alabama's sins, I very much would like to see what WaPo has to say on the subject. I'm going to try to find it at a readable site that perhaps picked it up off the WaPo wire service.

Funny thing: I get a daily news briefing from WaPo, and that's where I saw reference to Alabama article. But I can't afford a subscription, so I can read the highlighted articles they send. Life in the fast lane, I guess.

Anonymous said...

WATCH: Connecticut State Troopers accidentally recorded themselves discussing plans to falsify a police report, and they got away with it

"In this footage, Connecticut State Trooper First Class John Barone, Sgt. John Jacobi and Master Sgt. Patrick Torneo are recorded discussing how to justify ticketing Michael Picard, an activist who filmed them detaining him.

According to a 2017 story in the Hartford Courant, they were exonerated by an internal investigation despite planning to falsify witness reports of the encounter. The ACLU filed a lawsuit in 2016, which remains active as of June 2019."

The best part is when trooper Barone claims that it's illegal to film him because state property isn't public property. The "oh shit!" when they realize the camera's still running is a close second."

legalschnauzer said...

Here is link to today's WaPo article: "The Battle for Alabama's Soul." Think it's password-protected, but hope most folks can read it . . .

legalschnauzer said...

@4:43 --

Thanks for sharing. Your comment provides mucho insight into the creeps that wear badges and have the power to ruin innocent lives. Love that they were "cleared" by an "internal investigation." Those, I suspect, are just fancy words for a cover-up.

e.a.f. said...

I don't know how to cut and paste or even link anything to anything. my tech knowledge is limited to turning on the computer, and then off. I can find things, but that is it. I most likely found the article on another blog, such as Daily Beast or Politico. Next time I'll make a note of where I find the articles. I finally learnt how to text last year.

legalschnauzer said...

e.a.f. --

I hear ya. I'm pretty much the same way. I did find the article somewhere, and it was a good read. Thanks for the heads up

Thomas S. Bean said...

It's a lot worse than you think.

Back in 1999, Bill Moushey wrote a series for the Pitts Pos Gazette, infamously titled "Win At All Costs" covering the outrageous conduct by DOJ personnel at all levels from prosecutors to every fed agency to fed judges (usually GOP, usually former DOJ prosecutors).