Court names new lawyers for Kealo­has

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL -

The fed­eral court has named the lawyers who will rep­re­sent for­mer Honolulu Po­lice Chief Louis Kealoha and his deputy pros­e­cu­tor wife, Kather­ine, against charges that they ob­structed jus­tice, lied to in­ves­ti­ga­tors and com­mit­ted bank fraud and iden­tity theft.

The court has tapped Rus­tam Bar­bee to rep­re­sent Louis Kealoha and Cyn­thia Kagi­wada to rep­re­sent Kather­ine Kealoha. Ac­cord­ing to the Hawaii State Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, Bar­bee got his law de­gree from the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin and en­tered the state bar in 1992. Be­fore start­ing his pri­vate prac­tice, Bar­bee worked as a pros­e­cu­tor for the Wis­con­sin at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice, then as an as­sis­tant fed­eral pub­lic de­fender for Hawaii and Guam.

Kagi­wada got her law de­gree from Univer­sity of California, Davis, and en­tered the Hawaii bar in 2003.

As court-ap­pointed lawyers, Bar­bee’s and Kagi­wada’s ser­vices will be paid for by tax­pay­ers.

Bar­bee said, “Ex-Chief Kealoha, hav­ing served and pro­tected the city for more than 30 years, has earned the right to the ben­e­fit of the doubt and pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence that ap­plies to all de­fen­dants.”

Kagi­wada could not be reached for com­ment.

The Kealo­has’ pre­vi­ous lawyers, Myles Breiner, Gary Modaf­feri and Kevin Su­mida, with­drew last week, stat­ing that the Kealo­has had no money to pay them.

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