April 4, 2012
According to KSPN the teenager yelled and swore at his younger brother over a lost i-pod. When his mother scolded him, he yelled and swore at her too. After the teenager went to school the mother called the police to say he disturbed the peace. The police went to Kagman High School to arrest the teenager and took him into custody.
According to KSPN, Public Defender Adam Hardwicke and Judge Kenneth Govendo were frustrated with the fact that such a case would be filed by the OAG:
Governdo sharply told Neal, "Let's fill the court with teenagers who swear at their mothers to teach them how to behave."
Neal replied that she just works at the AG's office and isn't the chief prosecutor. But the judge noted that she signed the information.
Govendo ordered the teenager to be released immediately on his own recognisance to his grandmother.Neal declined to say if she would dismiss the case. When questioned by a KSPN news reporter why she considered this case a priority Neal said, "I'm not going to say this was a priority. Cases just come through and we charge them."
At least the public defender has some sense. He said:
"The prosecutor's job is to do justice and though the police should have known better, the buck stops at the AG's office.
The gate keeper for this type of behavior is the Attorney General's Office.They are the ones who decide the whether it is okay to use the justice system and the police to parent their kids. And I would hope that there is more discretion in the Attorney General's Office than this. This young man has now been in jail for seven days for yelling at his mom."The CNMI Office of the Attorney General continues to be an unprofessional office that is unable to prioritize or demonstrate basic common sense. The office appears to have no shame in wasting the tax payers' money. The mother may not have the best parenting skills in contacting police to arrest her own child for shouting and swearing, but shame on the police for arresting the boy; shame on the OAG for prosecuting this case.
Over the years there have been cases of assaults, rapes and other serious cases that the OAG failed to prosecuted. Still they can find the time to go after a teenager for yelling at his mom. Incredible.