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 (Perhaps the reason that Buckingham rescinded his resignation was to get free legal representation.)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":