CNMI Law Enforcement Notes

July 7, 2010

AG is Wrong
Why does CNMI AG Buckingham keep saying that "only Pennsylvania has complied with SORNA?"  It's not true and it seems he should get his facts straight before speaking about state and territory compliance with the law since people tend to think that the AG would be informed on such matters. Could someone please tell him that Ohio, Florida and Delaware are the three states in compliance with SORNA?

The Marianas Variety quoted Buckingham restating the wrong information again that he stated previously in a  KSPN interview.

All fifty states have a sex offender registry available online, yet most are not in full compliance with SORNA.  The CNMI has not published a registry and the DPS said there are 104 sex offenders who are registered with the department.

The AG said the CNMI law may need to be amended to be consistent with federal statute. Almost every state has introduced or passed legislation to bring their state in compliance. All states were required to submit registration law to be audited by the SMART Office (Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking) by April 2009. The SORNA State Compliance Survey reveals that almost every state that replied had done that. States that are out of compliance are also required to seek extensions.

The Variety reported that inspectors from the U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Branch will be arriving on Saipan tomorrow to make a presentation on the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. From the Variety:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Saipan said it is collaborating with the CNMI regarding compliance with SORNA. The U.S. Marshals’ presentation will be held at the U.S. Attorney’s Office at the Horiguchi Building in Garapan.

The Department of Public Safety has not uploaded the profiles of sex offenders on its website as required by law, since the Attorney General’s Office has yet to approve the standard operating procedure DPS submitted last year.
DPS Commissioner Reinstated by Fitial
On May 19, 2010, the Department of Public Safety Commissioner Santiago Tudela dismissed DPS Deputy Commissioner Ambrosio Ogumoro.  Ogumoro called a press conference without authority from the commissioner where he "lambasted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for “credit grabbing,” and berating a Tinian police officer for “betraying” the department after he collaborated with the DEA, resulting in the arrest of another Tinian police officer and a municipal employee on “ice” charges."

According to the Saipan Tribune the reinstatement caused some drama and discord:
Fitial sent a July 6 memo to Executive Branch department and activity heads advising them of Ogumoro's reinstatement “effective immediately”; he did not cite a reason for the reinstatement.

Press secretary Angel Demapan said Ogumoro started working yesterday. He also could not say the reason behind the reinstatement.

Ogumoro's reinstatement fueled rumors yesterday that Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos, who is now the acting governor, resigned from his post over the issue.

Demapan dispelled the rumors, saying, “I can assure everybody that Eloy Inos remains as the lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth, and now the acting governor.”

The rumor began circulating after Inos dismissed the Cabinet meeting scheduled for 9am yesterday. Demapan said that Inos had tons of budget-related matters to attend to, so he had to dismiss the meeting.

Demapan said Fitial reinstated Ogumoro late Tuesday afternoon, and there was no way for Ogumoro to report for work right away, so he reported for work Wednesday.

He said Inos knew about Ogumoro's reinstatement even before the governor wrote the memo, and that there was no conflict between Fitial and Inos over the issue.
Fitial seems to always be off-island when there is a major controversy. This time he in on his way to the Massachusetts for the National Governor's Association meeting, which will be held in Boston form July 9 to July 11th.  Perhaps he will enjoy the protesters who will be greeting Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to show disgust for her state's racist immigration law, which protest organizers called racist and anti-immigrant. Maybe he can reflect on PL 17-1 as he watches the protests.


Anonymous said...

Governor Jan Brewer is a true American hero.

Anonymous said...

7:45 yeah if you like your heroes racist she is.

Anonymous said...

"Why does CNMI AG Buckingham keep saying that "only Pennsylvania has complied with SORNA?" It's not true and it seems he should get his facts straight before speaking about state and territory compliance with the law since people tend to think that the AG would be informed on such matters."

Because he's lazy and doesn't really give a da**. Bucky thinks people will believe whatever he's says cuz he's the AG. He caught the attitude from his boss, the guv.

Anonymous said...

Why does Edward T. Buckingham keep spewing out unintentionally incorrect misinformation?

Maybe because he doesn't work and play well with others? “You can take a Bucky to water but you can't make him drink.”

And our local press are too lazy to challenge him and provide him or their readership with the correct information.

Anonymous said...

thank God for people like Jan Brewer!

Anonymous said...

On another great move by the CNMI, Senator Pete Reyes, Rep Raymond D Palacious and the entire Senate Committee on Education has decided that Driver's education is just not that necessary in the CNMI.
Both bills: House Bill 17-81 and Senate Bill 17-20 say the same thing. "Most families cannot afford to pay $350 for their child or children to take the driver's education class. As a result, many person applying for a driver's licence for the first time do not possess a driver's licence but continue to illegally drive on the streets of Saipan".
It goes on to say that "Classroom instruction may be substituted with a home study program".
It also increases the Learner's permit from 60 days to six months. They may operate a vehicle "accompanied by a person at least 21 years old with a licence for at least one year".
It also calls for the repeal of Public Law 15-25 (Mandantory Drivers Education).
So, let me get this right. Johnny flies down to Rota when he is 16 and gets his Driver's Licence having never driven a car. After a year his 15 1/2 year old brother can drive as long as Johnny is sitting beside him playing Nintendo DS.
What are the lawmakers going to tell my wife when Jose plows into my car and kills me and my two kids? "Sorry, it just costs to much".

Anonymous said...

why on earth is he so concerned about the criminals. he spends more time defending their cases and looking out for their interest than the general public's. First Aldan, then the slew of paroled folks, then the prisoners who were commuted, then ben fitial and now sex offenders.

privacy rights for the offenders? are you kidding me?


Anonymous said...

That was quick payback wasn't it? Showing Eloy who is boss around here. Ambrosio is Ben's boy... he is in charge not Santiago. Of course there is no conflict. Eloy crosses Ben, "Off with his head!"

Eloy has resigned... inside his head and his heart. He is resigned to letting BenTan destroy the Commonwealth.

Bucky.... what buffoonery. Enough said.

Wendy said...

Anonymous 12:00pm

Thank God for every person including every farm worker, every immigrant, every alien....

Captain said...

All criminal records are Public Information and can be obtained by anyone from the clerk of court without the persons consent.(There is a copy fee per page)(cheaper than a police clearance)The Fed rap sheet is not available from the NMI clerk of court but there will be a note if there are any Fed convictions. These can be had from the Fed Court.
I used to routinely pull these types of record on applicants prior to them showing up for a job interview, especially when I knew that many had conviction(s) and lied on the app. and stated "no criminal record".
So it does not make sense about what the AG is stating about a "privacy right" law in the NMI concerning these sex offenders names being posted along with any other criminal convictions if need be.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:56

Well, it's like they spit up nganga and splash back on to their faces...yuck!!!

The Saipan Blogger said...

Hi Wendy, I just wrote a blog post linking to this blog, Jane Mack's blog, and the Isa Drive Blog.

Wendy said...

Thanks Angelo. I put Isa Drive on my sidebar too! Hope all is well in DC!

Anonymous said...

"ISA Dr" is on my blog links. I call it "CNMI Sexual Predators"