December 12, 2012
In addition to Sablan, several CNMI legislators have written to the CNMI AG requesting that he pursue extradition. The Marianas Variety reported:
Senate Floor Leader Pete P. Reyes, incoming Speaker Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero and Rep. Ray A. Tebuteb also wrote San Nicolas a letter echoing Sablan’s request.
In their joint letter, Reyes, Deleon Guerrero and Tebuteb told San Nicolas that since the DOJ is willing to go after Buckingham, “We urge you to initiate the required extradition process to bring Buckingham, like all criminal defendants must be brought to justice.”
They said that if Buckingham is allowed to evade the CNMI Superior Court, “this will set a precedent for all defendants that the CNMI Office of the Attorney General is lenient and will not pursue defendants that flee the CNMI when they are summoned to appear in court.”
They added, “We feel that cost is significant when it comes to the need for justice. The CNMI must let all defendants know that they must adhere to the summons and orders to appear in court."Why isn't the U.S. DOJ investigating the flight of Buckingham, the use of federally funded personnel and equipment to aide and abet his attempts to avoid being served a penal summons, and any breaches of security at a federal airport? Why does Limtiaco need to receive a formal request?
Furthermore, what is the problem with the CNMI Bar. Why hasn't Buckingham been disbarred!?
The Marians Variety has reported that there is a concern with the cost of Buckingham's extradition. Really? I bet if someone set up an account to collect donations the cost would be covered. Certainly many concerned citizens would be willing to kick in some money to pay to have Buckingham face charges and set the record straight on his involvement in some of Fitial's backdoor deals.