Bench Warrant Issued for CNMI Attorney General

August 5, 2012

Superior Court Associate Judge David Wiseman issued a bench a warrant against the arrogant and absent Attorney General Edward Buckingham for "blatant disregard of a lawful penal summons." Bail was set at $50,000.

Assistant Attorney General and Office of the Public Auditor legal counsel George Hasselback has added the additional charges of obstruction of justice and misconduct in public office to the five previous charges of with one count of use of public supplies, services, time and personnel for campaign activities; one count of use of the name of a government department or agency to campaign and/or express support for a candidate running for public office; two counts of misconduct in public office, and one count of failure to produce documents or information. (Read amended information.)  It was reported that Attorney Hasselback told the court that the AG avoided being served.

Civil Division Chief Assistant Attorney General Brinbich was at the court to represent Buckingham at the hearing. However, the legality of having the OAG represent the Attorney General in a criminal case was challenged. (Perhaps the reason that Buckingham rescinded his resignation was to get free legal representation.) It appears that AG Buckingham will have to hire his own attorney.

Will there also be warrants for the DPS Deputy Commissioner and the police officers who aided and abetted the AG to leave the CNMI and attempted to prevent authorities from serving the summons? Will the officers who assaulted Tina be fired or face charges?

Video of the CNMI Attorney General, Edward T. Buckingham, attempting to flee the CNMI with a full police escort. KSPN2 Reporter Tina Sablan assaulted by officers ordered to, "Get rid of her":


Anonymous said...

he shouldn't get bail. he's a flight risk. i doubt he'll show up here. i do think the feds could get involved since the escort stunt is obstruction of justice. i also heard the official cars were a grant from the feds.

Anonymous said...

Expect no more announcements from the AG. His plan backfired bigtime. Now he can face the court.

Anonymous said...

The Gov. expressed with regret in appointing Public Auditor Pai. As a leader he should stop them since the beginning when these two clowns (Bucky & Pai) started grudging. The Gov is never be a good leader since he cannot even control his circle. Retaliating each other irregardless of their party will destroy all.

Anonymous said...

although DPS resources used in this is wrong and very well may violate some policy or law please do not throw around the word 'assaulted' so casually for effect. it truly dimishes the violent action that is assault for true victims of assault. what happened to Tina was not assault.

Wendy Doromal said...

6:07 If Tina and Glen say she was assaulted, then she was assaulted. You may be speaking of violent assault. A police officer pushing a member of the media is assault. Do not diminish the action of these thugs employed to obstruct justice!

Anonymous said...

This is a case of someone (Buckingham) getting in way over his head. In any other state he could never be AG. It was a heady position and he wanted to keep the power at all costs, even bending the law to please his master. He was the perfect AG for Fitial. I think it all got out of control and now there is no way out. Maybe he will realize he was used and start talking. He knows a lot since he is one of the top confidants in all the coverups. He should have stayed and faced the music. The final act was his real downfall.

Anonymous said...

Assault is a tricky situation. (for a better word)
Years ago there was a high profile case where the son of the defendant spit on a reporter outside of the court as the reporter was trying to do an interview..
He was later arrested and charged for assault and something else.
I cannot remember the names
It was all caught on camera with audio.