Deputy prosecutor called to stand in video game gambling case


An unusual development in
a high profile gambling
case …. The tables are
turned on a deputy
prosecutor trying to get
convictions against 9
people– their defense
attorneys go after HIM on
the stand.
KITV’s Catherine CRuz has
our continuing coverage
on this story.
Catherine..
It was a unusual
situation–even Judge
Randall Lee cautioned
about calling deputy
prosecutor Jacob
Delaplane to testify.
But the prosecutors
office went ahead with
the line of questioning.
This was a hearing asking
the court to RECONSIDER a
motion to dismiss the
gambling charges without
prejudice. The
prosecutor’s office wants
to refile and add new
defendants. It initially
asked for the dismissal
because of potential
deficiencies in the grand
jury indictment including
the purported ownership
of various gaming
busineses by defendant
Tracy Yoshimura— and
about testimony of an
expert gambling witness
in the case.
– JACOB DELAPLANE,
DEPUTY PROSECUTOR: 45 10
45:14 I OBJECTIVELY
LOOKED AT THAT AND I
AGREED THERE COULD HAVE
BEEN CONFUSION AS TO WHAT
THEY WERE INDICTING MR
YOSHIMURA
FOR” – MYLES BREINER,
DEPUTY ATTORNEY 401-4:22
-” MR DELAPLANES
TESTIMONY WAS WORTHY OF
CROSS EXPAMINATION AND
THE OTHER ATTORNEYS HAVE
ALOT OF OTHER QUESTIONS
TO ASK HIM ABOUT HIS
RANGE OF KNOWLEDGE HIS
LACK OF KNOWLEGE AND HIS
COMPENTANCY. WHEHTER OR
NOT THE COURT DISMISSES
THIS, WITH OR WITHOUT
PREJUDICE. IT IS AN AN
ENOUrMOSE EMBARASSMENT TO
THE PROSECUTORS OFFICE
AND A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS
MONEY
Delaplane was tapped to
assist on the case after
only being on the job for
two weeks. The original
lead attorney Katherine
Kealoha is currently on
leave without pay. The
defense attorneys are
asking the case be thrown
out due to prosecutorial
misconduct which they
argue– is agregious.
They point to
mispresentation and
hearsay evidence that was
presented to the grand
jury.
The hearing will continue
tomorrow at 2pm. The
prosecutor’s office says
it will call Katherine
Kealoha to the stand.
This case is described as
the largest criminal
indictment with hundreds
of gambling counts
against the 9 defendants
so there is lots at stake

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