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.DPS Commissioner Reinstated by Fitial
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.
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.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.
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.