August 1, 2012
Yet his legacy will remain. Some of the damage that he has done while using his position to promote a political agenda cannot be reversed. The highest law enforcement official in the CNMI was known for standing on the wrong side of the law on many occasions. He supported a governor who had a federal prisoner released from jail for a late night massage. He joined other shameless Attorney Generals of Republican states to back the unconstitutional Arizona immigration law and backed an equally unconstitutional CNMI labor law. He was found by the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel to have violated the Hatch Act, breaking the law to use his government position and office to campaign for Governor Fitial. Under his leadership the OAG was accused of political favors, such as in the case of Vicente Aldan, husband of former DOC Commissioner Delores Aldan. He backed the parole of a violent offender sentenced to 25 years without parole. He took revenge on Public Auditor Michael Pai after his office released a report unfavorable to the Attorney General. A Supreme Court Judge threatened to sanction him for failing to submit a brief. The AG was deeply involved in the ARRA scandal backing an expensive contract for Michael Ada's Integrated Professional Solutions even before the company had a business license. He failed to honor the Open Government Act on several occasions. He opposes humanitarian parole for guest workers. He backed a bully police chief who harassed and threatened innocent citizens with a gun. While he has been in office, many violent crimes against women and children, including murder and rapes, have gone unresolved. He defended a police officer who brutally beat an innocent Chinese foreign worker saying he was acting "within the scope of his duty". Under Buckingham's leadership dozens of Assistant Attorneys resigned from the Office of the Attorney General, one calling it a "toxic" place.
Attorney General Edward Buckingham was known as one of Fitial puppets. Wouldn't it be nice to have a CNMI Attorney General who stood up for the law rather than doing the biding of a governor who disregards the law?