The drawn out family dispute involving Honolulu’s police chief and his prosecutor wife took a big turn this week when an HPD officer involved in the case entered into a plea agreement on federal felony charges and agreed to testify against the couple, and a federal civil lawsuit filed by Katherine Kealoha’s uncle brought additional allegations to the public record.
Since the lawsuit was first reported, I’ve been reading the news stories to find out what attorney had filed the case against the chief and his wife.
As far as I can tell, Civil Beat’s Nick Grube was the only one to report that the case was filed by Honolulu attorney Eric Seitz. Seeing Seitz on the case can’t be good news for the Kealoha’s. He’s an excellent attorney who has a track record in high profile cases like this involving individual rights.
Listed on the complaint along with Seitz are attorneys Della Au Belatti and Sarah Devine. Belatti, of course, is a member of the State House of Representatives elected from District 24, which includes parts of Manoa, McCully, and Makino. She chairs the House Committee on Health, and is also a member of the Judiciary committee. Define, according to her LinkedIn profile, has a speciality in federal civil rights cases.
Click here to read the civil complaint filed against Katherine and Louis Kealoha, courtesy of KHNL.
The complaint is definitely worth reading.