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Judge: Honolulu corruption trial to go on, despite shutdown

HONOLULU (AP) – A U.S. judge says a trial on corruption-related charges must go on against a now-retired Honolulu police chief and his former deputy prosecutor wife, despite the government shutdown.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi on Friday denied a request by Katherine Kealoha’s attorney to postpone the March trial on allegations she and her husband Louis Kealoha orchestrated the framing of her uncle for stealing their home mailbox.

Another judge previously appointed taxpayer-funded lawyers to represent the Kealohas after determining their debts exceed their assets. Katherine Kealoha’s attorney Cynthia Kagiwada says she’s not being paid during the government shutdown, which deprives her client of adequate trial preparation.

Puglisi says he guarantees the court-appointed attorneys and defense experts on the case will be paid eventually.

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