Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario today denied four motions by Mayor Billy Kenoi’s attorneys to dismiss criminal charges against him stemming from his alleged abuse of his county credit card to pay for personal expenses.
Kenoi is scheduled for trial Oct. 10. He was indicted in March on charges of theft, tampering with government records and making a false statement under oath.
Del Rosario ruled this afternoon in a Hilo courtroom.
He also ordered that the Hawaii County corporation counsel turn over 40 emails to him that were deemed protected by attorney-client privilege.
Del Rosario said he would review them to determine whether they will have to be turned over to the state Attorney General’s Office and be admissible in court.