Buckingham Should Be Extradited to Face Charges...and disbarred

December 12, 2012

I agree with CNMI Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan that former CNMI Attorney General Edward Buckingham should be extradited.  Congressman Sablan sent a letter to Attorney General Joey Patrick San Nicolas requesting that he contact Guam/NMI U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco to request that that the U.S. Department of Justice start pursuing the extradition of Buckingham who fled the CNMI in August after he was subpoenaed.

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.


Anonymous said...

I'd chip in $100 to see Bucky brought to justice.

Anonymous said...

Please send me the account number, I am being a member of CNMI willing to contribute to get BUCKY or any criminal busted in CNMI or US. Is Fitial going to agree with this? Oh! I forgot to say, "Is Fitial going to be impeached on January 2013"? It is time for Fitial to chose the right path. What you say?

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:04 PM

Bet $500 more, no doubt you'll surely win.

Anonymous said...

Fitial will not allow the extradition of Buckingham while he is in office.
Also in the case that Fitial is not impeached he would just "Pardon" Bucky if convicted which would mean that no adverse action could be brought against him such as being disbarred.
Best to wait to see if Fitial is impeached and then bring Buckingham back as then most of Fitial's Mafia will be out and Bucky may have more to "talk about". Maybe even things that may interest the feds that can bring Fed charges against Fitial and his Mafia.
I do not think that it would be safe at this time for Bucky to be brought back on this Island.
He may be found to have committed suicide while awaiting trial.
The DPS and corrections are owned by Fitial and the Carolinian Mafia as is so very evident with Ogumoro Bros. and others.