The Las Vegas bankruptcy trial for former Kamehameha Schools trustee Lokelani Lindsey was continued to June 17 because of concerns over Lindsey's husband's health.
Trial of former trustee
By Leila Fujimori
U.S. District Court Judge David Ezra said the continuance is a "one-time deal."
He was reluctant to order the continuance because it is a "tremendous inconvenience and an 11th hour change," but said that he would give Lindsey the benefit of the doubt.
Ezra pointed out that it was Lindsey who requested the change of venue, which was granted in July by federal Judge Helen Gillmor.
"She's (Lindsey) the one who wanted to go to Las Vegas," Ezra said.
Lindsey's trial for bankruptcy fraud and money laundering was supposed to start March 25.
Lindsey's lawyer, William Harrison, told the court her husband's health took a sudden turn for the worse last Friday, and that she had planned to bring him to Las Vegas so she could care for him during the trial.
Assistant U.S. Attorney said the postponement of trial is a major inconvenience particularly since he had scheduled witnesses from the Philippines and Chicago.
Harrison also argued the defense needed more time to respond to information recently received from the government, including handwriting analysis reports and statements from witnesses.
In his ruling, Ezra said the continuance would also allow the defense additional time to prepare for trial.
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