May 17, 2013
It was through a private investigator, who was hired to serve a summons to Buckingham for a civil suit brought against him by former OAG attorney James Taylor, that Buckingham was located in Lakewood, Colorado. (See Court documents here.)
Yesterday Buckingham was released from the Jefferson County jail to appear before Jefferson County Court Judge K.J. Moore. The judge told Buckingham why he was being held and advised him of his rights. A court date of June 10, 2013 was set for the fugitive who posted $25,000 cash bond.
Pam Russell, Director of Public Information for the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said that Buckingham did not waive his right to fight extradition. It appears that Buckingham will have to be dragged back to the CNMI in handcuffs by U.S. Marshalls. Considering that at one time he was the highest law enforcement official in the CNMI, Buckingham's refusal to return on his own to face charges suggests that he knows that his corrupt schemes with his puppet master, Benigno Fitital, will most likely land him behind bars.
The arrest of the fugitive has made headlines across the Pacific, including in New Zealand.
The Australian press has an audio interview of OPA legal counsel Georgeo Hasselback stating that he asked the CNMI Superior Court to reissue an arrest warrant for Benigno Fitial so that his prosecution can proceed.
Now that it has been disclosed that Fitial is in St. Lukes Hospital in Manila, if an arrest warrant is reissued by Associate Judge David Wiseman, then as one commenter on this blog stated, officials from the U.S. Embassy in Manila could easily take him into custody. Will Governor Inos also issue an extradition request for his longtime pal, Benigno Fitial?
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