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Criminal case against Kealohas puts brakes on uncle’s suit

HONOLULU (AP) — A civil lawsuit against a former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, is on hold as a criminal case against them proceeds.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang on Monday put a four-month hold on Gerard Puana’s lawsuit against his niece, Katherine Kealoha, and her husband. His lawsuit accuses the former police chief, his deputy city prosecutor wife and police officers of malicious prosecution.

The Kealohas pleaded not guilty to charges that they framed Puana to discredit him in a financial dispute.

The freeze comes after a motion in the criminal case seeking to disqualify Kevin Sumida and another lawyer who have represented the Kealohas. Sumida also represents the Kealohas in the civil suit.

Chang set a hearing for March 2018 in Puana’s lawsuit.


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