Governor Fitial's Police Thugs Invoke Fifth Amendment Rights

October 2, 2012

Police on Saipan are unable to solve murders or even common burglaries, but had the time to escort  former Attorney General Edward Buckingham to the Saipan Airport to ensure that he could flee the CNMI without being served a penal summons. They did not succeed at that assignment and also assaulted a news reporter while attempting to keep Buckingham away from the press and investigators trying to serve the summons.

Now some who were involved in the incident refuse to respond to questions by the House impeachment panel, invoking their Fifth Amendment Rights. The police officers refusing to answer questions are the governor's body guard, Captain Jermain Nekaifes, DPS officer Stanley Patris and DPS officer Myron Laniyo.

DPS acting Commissioner Aniceto T. Ogumoro, Commonwealth Ports Authority Police Chief Jordan Kosam and CPA harbor security chief Capt. Juan Rebuenog testified before the impeachment panel.
DPS Acting commissioner Aniceto Ogumoro claimed that he did not know about the police escort of Buckingham by high level officers including his brother.

Rebuenog told the panel that it was not uncommon for police officers to escort people to the airport and carry their luggage. Really? They cannot solve crimes or even respond to calls, but they can carry luggage?

If you listen to OPA Attorney Hasselback on KSPN news it is clear that police officers refused to cooperate in serving the penal summons to the former Attorney General.  Law enforcement officials are required to serve a summons. So who will investigate and fire those who refused to do their jobs?

Testimony given by these officers conflicted with previous testimony. The cell phone records of these officers, the former AG and the governor should be subpoenaed. Let's see who communicated with whom and when.

Meanwhile Superior Court Judge David Wiseman rejected former Attorney General Edward Buckingham's motion to reconsider declaring him a fugitive from the law.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can the feds investigate? Isn't it a crime to obstruct justice?

Green Cards for All! said...

Generally, “obstructing” a federal investigation is a federal offense. See 18 U.S.C. §§ 1501-21. Obstructing a local investigation would be a local offense.

There are a couple of exceptions where obstructing a CNMI investigation could be a federal offense. One involves obstruction of State or local law enforcement of gambling laws. 18 U.S.C. § 1511. The other involves “the business of insurance whose activities affect interstate commerce before any insurance regulatory official or agency or any agent or examiner appointed by such official or agency to examine the affairs of any person engaged in the business of insurance whose activities affect interstate commerce”. 18 U.S.C. § 1515(a)(1)(D).

Obstructing a federal agent serving process for a local court does not constitute federal obstruction of justice, 18 U.S.C. § 1501 (assault on process server), though it may indeed constitute another federal violation. See, e.g., 18 U.S.C. § 111(a) (assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees) (while engaged in or on account of the performance of official duties).