March 1, 2013
Wiseman wrote in his order:
“The posting of bail by defendant's (Buckingham) attorney when defendant is not in custody is not a procedure that can be found in any case, rule or statute of the CNMI, and furthermore, does not have any significance or consequence as to the pending case in its present procedural posture, and therefore, shall not be accepted.”It was reported that the judge vacated the order that set the March 18, 2013 arraignment date.
There are so many questions in this case:
- Once the Iowa Governor receives the letter will Buckingham be arrested of he does not turn himself in?
- Would officials accompany him back to the CNMI to face the court if he is apprehended in Iowa?
- Would he be jailed in the CNMI until his arraignment because he is obviously a flight risk?
- Can Buckingham's wife, son and whoever else is protecting the fugitive be arrested as an accessory for harboring him?
It would also be amazing if this attorney was able to continue to practice law.
I expect the DPS thugs who assisted Buckingham in his escape to be charged. Former Governor Fitial obviously was involved in the covert operation as phone records between him and the thug squad indicate. Will he too face charges?