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Ex-prosecutor in corruption case refused lawyer’s visits

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER

The Associated Press

HONOLULU — A former Honolulu prosecutor convicted of conspiracy in Hawaii’s biggest corruption case refused to come out of her jail cell to meet with her lawyer.

Katherine Kealoha’s attorney, Gary Singh, said Tuesday he tried to visit her at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center.

“My client had refused to come down twice last week to see me,” he said during a telephone hearing. “I was told by the guards she did not want to have a visit with me.”

He needed to visit her to discuss her Nov. 30 sentencing hearing. Her now-estranged husband, retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, is also scheduled to be sentenced that day.

A jury convicted the Kealohas of conspiracy in a plot to frame a relative to keep him from revealing fraud that financed the couple’s lavish lifestyle.

Katherine Kealoha said she didn’t come down because of two incidents that happened in her unit at the detention center. She said she wasn’t comfortable discussing over the phone.

She said she wrote Singh a “detailed letter” explaining. He hadn’t received it yet.

U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright instructed Singh to wait for the letter and schedule a legal call with her so she doesn’t have to leave her unit.