May 15, 2013
Edward Buckingham III into custody. The fugitive and former CNMI Attorney General who is facing numerous misdemeanor and felony charges in the CNMI.
Buckingham fled the CNMI in August 2013 with the aide of four CNMI law enforcement officials and then-Governor Benigno Fitial, who are also facing charges.
OPA legal counsel George Hasselback told the Saipan media that Buckingham is in the Jefferson County jail and will be brought before a judge for a hearing on May 16, 2013.
The Lakeland law officials arrested him under the arrest warrant issued by Superior Court Judge David Wiseman.
Buckingham was served a summons at his Lakeland, Colorado home by a private investigator hired by Attorney Torres who is representing James Taylor in a civil lawsuit filed in federal court. According to public records, Buckingham bought the home in December 2012.
Apparently Buckingham and his wife, Pam, who was an accomplice in his dramatic escape plan, had no intention of returning to the CNMI. It was just a matter of time until he was caught, and the discovery of his address helped to speed up the process of his extradition.
The dogs will be picking up the scent of Fitial next.
Update: The Saipan Tribune reports that former Governor Fitial is at St. Luke's Hospital in Manila, Philippines where he underwent gall bladder surgery.