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Ex-prosecutor rests corruption case without testifying in her defense

HONOLULU (AP) — An ex-Honolulu deputy prosecutor on trial for corruption-related charges has rested her case without testifying in her defense.

Katherine Kealoha’s attorney Cynthia Kagiwada rested Wednesday. Observers of the closely watched trial have been waiting to learn whether Kealoha would take the stand.

The case has been described as Hawaii’s biggest corruption scandal. Kealoha and her police chief husband are accused of framing her uncle for stealing their mailbox to keep him from revealing fraud that enriched them. Prosecutors say they conspired with officers in a secret police unit to frame Gerard Puana to discredit him in a lawsuit he and his mother filed saying Kealoha stole money from them.

Her now-retired husband didn’t testify in his defense. The couple’s co-defendants are expected to conclude presenting their cases later Wednesday.