In a recent KITV4 article, “Jury finds Dr. Rudy Puana ‘guilty’ on all counts,” they asked attorneys to weigh in on the verdict. Our very own Attorney Marcus Landsberg shared that he understood why the defense likely believed they had better odds, considering the prosecution’s key witnesses were Puana’s ex-wife and best friend. Landsberg is quoted as saying, “‘You never know what they're [the jury] going to find credible and what they're not going to find credible. […] I think what happened here is they just believed the evidence against him. It was just too much."
You can read the article in its entirety here. For more details about the case, you can also continue reading as we will give a brief overview of the cases and charges against Puana.
Case Overview: Puana Federal Jury Convicts Dr. Rupolph Puana of Conspiracy & Distribution of Drugs
Dr. Rudolph Puana is the brother of ex-Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha. Puana was charged with distributing a large number of oxycodone pills to his friends (who sold the pills to pay for their children’s private school tuition) and giving oxycodone and fentanyl to another friend as payment for cocaine they shared. Prior to the jury trial, he pled guilty to being an addict who possessed unlawfully possessed firearms.
During the trial, the prosecution presented evidence that Puana used cocaine with friends, repeatedly took hydrocodone pills that he claimed he got from the “doctor’s candy store,” falsified medical records to account for the oxycodone he provided to friends, gave his prescription pad to his best friend, and had a hidden notebook that included details about Puana’s attempt to hide his addiction. The evidence they submitted included:
- Business records
- Pharmacy records
- Puana’s falsified clinical documents
- Puana’s secret notebook
- Testimony from Puana’s friends, a forensic accountant, medical expert, and police officers
- Text messages
On Tuesday, Dr. Rudolph Puana was found guilty of all 38 counts of the indictments. After a three-week trial, the jury only needed to deliberate for one day. His convictions include:
- Conspiracy to Distribute or Dispense Oxycodone and Fentanyl, which is punishable by a $250,000 fine and up to twenty years in prison
- Distributing or Dispensing Oxycodone, which is punishable by a $250,000 fine and up to twenty years in prison per count
- Distributing or Dispensing Fentanyl, which is punishable by a $250,000 fine and up to twenty years in prison
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm While Addicted to Controlled Substance, which is punishable by a $250,000 fine and up to ten years in prison
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