Honolulu officers plead not guilty in corruption case

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Posted: Nov 01, 2017 5:46 PM
Honolulu officers plead not guilty in corruption case

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu police lieutenant, an officer and a retired major have pleaded not guilty to charges alleging they helped former Chief Louis Kealoha and his deputy prosecutor wife frame a man.

Officer Minh Hung "Bobby" Nguyen and Lt. Derek Hahn are charged with conspiracy and other charges. Retired Maj. Gordon Shiraishi is charged with obstruction.

Prosecutors allege they helped frame a relative of the Kealohas with the theft of their mailbox to discredit him in a financial dispute.

The Kealohas previously pleaded not guilty.

After Wednesday's arraignment, Nguyen's attorney Randall Hironaka asked to speak behind closed doors about undescribed personal information.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi closed the proceeding to the public.

Reporters tried to object to the closure but court officials said the proceeding could not be interrupted.