February 28, 2013
|Governor Eloy Inos signs the papers to extradite fugitive Edward Buckingham|
(Photo from The Office of the Governor)
Governor Eloy Inos has signed extradition papers for former CNMI Attorney General, now fugitive, Edward Buckingham III. While former Governor Fitial protected his former AG and ally, one week after taking office Governor Inos asked Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to assist in extraditing Buckingham.
Buckingham's son, Edward Buckingham IV is a physician with a practice in Iowa City, Iowa.
Buckingham's attorney Brien Sers Nicolas appealed to Inos not to sign the extradition papers a day before the papers were signed. The Saipan Tribune reported that Inos refused the attorney's request for three reasons:
- The charges against Buckingham are serious and include felonies;
- Buckingham had ample time to work with the special prosecutor, attorney George Hasselback, but never did; and
- He had already transmitted the extradition request to Hasselback and requested a status conference with Associate Superior Court Judge David Wiseman.
Yesterday Sers Nicolas posted $50,000 bail for Buckingham who is scheduled to appear in court on March 18, 2013. He skipped out on his first court appearance that was scheduled for early August 2012. Former Governor Fitial's thugs from the Department of Public Safety whisked Buckingham and his wife to the Saipan International Airport, through the gates and into the VIP room where he was shielded until F.B.I. agents served him with his penal summons. Buckingham ignored the summons to appear in court the next day and boarded the plane with his wife.
Videos from KSPN on the extradition: