May 14, 2013
The mystery has been solved. A process server hired by Attorney Robert Torres served Buckingham with a court summons for a civil case involving the termination of former Assistant Attorney General James Taylor, who claims he was fired because of his age and in retaliation for his advice in not approving some sole-source contracts.
From the 28-page complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern Marianas on April 23, 2012:
Mr. Taylor’s constructive termination was in retaliation for his public criticism of Buckingham and the legality of the policies and procedures that Buckingham was bent on implementing, including those involving illegal sole-source contracts...
Buckingham’s acts were undertaken in a deliberate, malicious, oppressive, and intentional manner in order to injure and damage plaintiff and in utter disregard of his contractual rights. They were further motivated by and in retaliation for Mr. Taylor’s opposition to Buckingham’s refusal to abide by CNMI law and its procurement policies. Accordingly, Mr. Taylor is entitled to punitive damages from Buckingham in the highest amount permissible at law.Read the complaint:
It looks like Mr. Taylor has a strong case. If Taylor wins this lawsuit the CNMI will pay a huge sum for back salary and benefits, punitive damages and compensation.
The question now, is will Buckingham even show up at the hearing?
In February 2013 Governor Eloy Inos signed papers for Buckingham's extradition. He even appealed to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to assist in the extradition.
Now that everyone knows that Buckingham lives in Lakewood, Colorado, hopefully the Office of the Public Auditor will speed up the process to extradite Buckingham. to face numerous misdemeanor and felony charges.
Meanwhile, three of the four CNMI law enforcement officials who protected Buckingham from being served with a penal summons in August 2012, appeared in CNMI Superior Court before Associate Judge David Wiseman yesterday for arraignment.
The three are former Department of Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Ambrosio T. Ogumoro, Commonwealth Ports Authority Police Chief Jordan Lee Ilo Kosam, and CPA harbor security chief Capt. John Taisacan Rebuenog. Jermaine Joseph Wabol Nekaifes, former body guard and driver for former Governor Benigno Fitial, already denied the charges. All four were charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Some are questioning why former Governor Fitial has not been extradited to faee charges. IS he receiving retirement checks? EWhat address do they go to?