Jury selection set to begin in high profile corruption case

HONOLULU (AP) — Jury selection is expected to begin in a closely watched corruption scandal involving the highest levels of Honolulu law enforcement.

Because of the intense publicity surrounding the case, 400 prospective jurors are needed for the initial phase of jury selection Monday.

The judge was concerned the U.S. courthouse in downtown Honolulu wouldn’t be able to accommodate that many people, so he reserved a room at the Neal Blaisdell Center a few miles away.

It’s normally a venue for concerts, expos and other large events.

Honolulu’s former police chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine Kealoha, a former city prosecutor, are accused of abusing police resources to frame a relative.

Prosecutors say they framed Katherine Kealoha’s uncle for stealing their mailbox to cover up financial fraud that supported their lavish lifestyle.

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